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Author: Eric Language: text
Description: Eric's Wonderful Workstation Timestamp: 2020-11-24 17:09:39 +0000
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  1. Hi Chris and Wes,
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  3. In Episode 380, you guys asked about our setup and workloads. The company I work for develops a desktop software package for image analysis and quantification. It has some really awesome 3D rendering capabilities and support for deep learning image processing with tensorflow. I have a pretty sweet workstation to develop and test our own software. I'm running an AMD ThreadRipper 2970 WX (24 cores) with 128 GB RAM, 1 Nvidia Quadro RTX 8000 and 2 x RTX 2080 Super with an NVLink bridge.
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  5. I admit that this workstation is super overkill for software development, but I've recently managed to convince my managers that we need to sell a VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) solution to our customers.
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  7. Rather than trying to get their IT department to set it up, I've been developing a framework for easily deploying a local cloud system with VDI that meets our customers' needs. I'm using Terrafrom, which Wes mentioned in past episodes, to reallocate ressources from one VM to another wihout having to code the API calls to the hypervisor myself.
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  9. I recently added the RTX 8000 to my setup and started playing with GPU passthrough and also NVIDIA's virtual GPU capabilities, which terraform supports with VMWare. It's really amazing now a days how much one person can do and automate, with great tools like Packer, Terraform and Ansible, even if it's in on corporate premises.
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  11. Sadly, soon I will have to ship out my 3 video cards to the head office so that our own staff can use my local cloud solution and integrate that into their real-world workflows. I'll be left with a humble card: the GTX 1060.
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  13. Eric
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  15. P.S. I love it when Chris ends the show with "next TUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUESSSSSSSSSSDAYYYYYYYYYY!!" Not going to lie, it always makes me smile.
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