Sponsor Spotlight: HP at AU 2009

Autodesk University 2009 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, is just around the corner; have you set your plans yet? In these “interesting” economic times, you need to get more out of your resources, both physical and human.

Competitiveness comes from greater productivity and effectiveness. Autodesk University is THE place to find out how to get the most out of your Autodesk applications. It is also the place to learn about third-party solutions that can enhance and optimize performance and productivity such as the variety of technologies from HP - from workstations and large-format printer/plotters to software solutions that save money the first time you use them.

Z Series showcase

As a Platinum Sponsor and long-time partner to Autodesk, HP will again have a broad presence at AU. HP always puts on a great show at its Autodesk University exhibit booth, but this year promises to be something special. This year’s exhibit will revolve around the all-new HP Z-series workstations: showcasing how all-new architectures - cutting edge, industrial design, and high-performance, high-reliability components - give engineers, designers and other high-performance technical computing users the tools they need to innovate, evolve, and revolutionize their products, and to do so with the greatest efficiency.

HP Z800 Tear-Down Challenge

Don’t miss the HP Z800 Workstation tear-down challenge. Learn first-hand how the revolutionary internal design of the new Z800 helps to improve overall performance as well as simplifying routine maintenance and upgrades. See how easily you can tear down and put together a Z800 and enter for a valuable prize.

Visualization, tools, and collaboration

Visualization is a critical part of all design and engineering and is inherent in HP workstations and their painstaking approach to certification and optimization of graphics and drivers, but sometimes the scale of visualization required to adequately communicate a design exceeds the capabilities of any monitor; and sometimes hardcopy is needed for field meetings. For this, HP offers its 44-inch, DesignJet T1200 and T770 wide-format printers. With exceptional accuracy, clarity, and color, they are the ideal tool for hardcopy visualizations both within the workgroup and for sharing with remote collaborators or shareholders.

Software tools have become an increasingly important element of the HP Digital Workbench. These tools are powerful enablers, extending the capabilities of the user, maximizing hardware, and facilitating communication and collaboration. HP will showcase some of these tools at its booth this year. Central to the HP Digital Workbench is the HP Performance Tuning Framework. This HP exclusive utility framework provides users the ability to custom tailor their workstation to their individual needs, to better control and utilize memory, processors, graphics, and to simplify maintenance and troubleshooting throughout the lifecycle of the workstation. The Framework also offers a platform for extending new utilities with security and reliability.

New to the HP Digital Workbench is the HP SkyRoom solution, a real-time collaboration and videoconferencing solution that enables efficient teamwork and communication amongst team members within a corporate network or across the world through virtual private networking protocols. Inexpensive and simple to implement with friendly IM-like controls, SkyRoom saves you money the first time you use it to videoconference rather than travel, and continues to save you money each time it is used.

HP is also proud to demonstrate the new Parallels Workstation 4.0 Extreme solution, the first workstation virtualization solution to support Intel Virtualization Technology for Direct I/O (Intel VT-d) for full GPU acceleration in a virtual environment. Parallels Workstation allows you to consolidate your workstation platforms, maximizing your existing resources and getting every last drop of performance out of your workstations for the most intensive 3D applications.

HP in the AU classroom

HP is also contributing to the educational program with “Tips and Tricks: Getting the Most From New Desktop/Laptop Technologies,” a class by HP’s Tom Salomone to help Autodesk users better understand, choose, and utilize the latest technologies in the desktop and mobile workstation market, and especially the unique HP offerings. Topics to be addressed include migration strategies from 2D to 3D, proper processor choice and graphics card sizing, and the advantages that Microsoft Windows 7 brings to the 3D applications arena.

Autodesk University 2009 promises to be a great opportunity for learning, networking, and fun, and HP is happy to help make it happen. We hope you will come by the HP booth and see what HP engineering excellence can do to help you work smarter, better and to compete more effectively.

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For more information about Autodesk University 2009, click here.

For more information about "Tips and Tricks: Getting the Most From New Desktop/Laptop Technologies," click here.

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