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ThinkStation D30 Workstation with 30

ThinkStation D30 Workstation with 30" Lenovo Monitor

Guest blog by Chris McCoy, Vertical Marketing Manager, ThinkStation The Lenovo ThinkStation brand has long been known for its superior performance and reliability in the Manufacturing, Financial, and Media and Entertainment industries. But did you know that Lenovo has been quietly working to support highly complex and robust workflows for some of the world’s largest Energy, Utility, and Oil & Gas companies? Today’s Oil & Gas companies have to work quickly and accurately to determine which leases hold vast amounts of precious petrochemicals and which are simply full of saltwater and nonporous rocks.  The gamble is huge. The stakes are high. And the software that Geologists and Geophysicists use to find these reservoirs have become highly robust and parallel. They often utilize numerous algorithms to process vast amounts of seismic and geological data in mere milliseconds.   The workstations that support these application workloads must scale far beyond a typical multi-core platform. They must be designed to support dozens of cores, up to 512GB of memory, the fastest storage and I/O technologies, as well as highly advanced Nvidia GPUs and co-processing technologies.  Over the last year, the Lenovo ThinkStation team has worked diligently with industry-leading exploration software companies (such as Schlumberger, Paradigm, TerraSpark and FFA) to test and certify Lenovo’s ThinkStation platforms to support these critical...

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Guest blog by Brooks Flynn, Global Marketing Manager, ThinkPad Product Marketing I loathe seeing the “low battery warning” pop-up on any of my devices.  It might as well inform me that there are no outlets within a 10-mile radius of my location, because that always seems to be the way it works for me.  Even with airlines touting new and improved plane amenities, like in-seat power ports, I somehow never seem to get scheduled on those planes.  (In fact, I generally feel like I’m entering a time capsule to the 1970s every time I step on a plane) This situation is why we developed Power Bridge technology on our new line of ThinkPad Ultrabooks.  With a Power Bridge ThinkPad, when that “low battery warning” pop-up rears its ugly head, you can laugh at its menacing appearance and simply pull out another battery from your bag.  “Hold on,” you say…to replace the battery in my laptop I have to shut it down, save all of my work, remember where I was in the movie I was watching, and then restart my computer and open everything back up to where I was.  In that case you say, “The low battery has won,”…but that’s not the case with Power Bridge.  Power Bridge ThinkPads have an internal battery (a sizeable one) so there is no need to shut down the system.  You can swap in a fully charged battery and keep going…right where you were.  Victory at...

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ThinkStation workstations racked at Render Farm

ThinkStation workstations racked at Render Farm

While talking with a colleague, Allen Tang, Media and Entertainment Vertical Marketing Manager, I recently learned about an exciting ThinkStation customer relationship with Mili Pictures.  A growing animation movie & TV series production and training agency based in China, Mili Pictures is currently producing its first 3D animation movie Dragon Nest: Rise of the Black Dragon. What I found most intriguing about the relationship between Lenovo and Mili Pictures is the creation of the Mili Pictures Render Farm, a rendering cluster developed with Lenovo ThinkStation workstations. Mili Pictures is poised to make significant investments over the next several years and has an aggressive movie production schedule ahead of them. The company’s plans will call for completing movies, on average, within a six month time span. Therefore, it is critical that Mili Pictures minimizes workload related to operating, maintaining, and filing digital media assets. To fulfill this demand, Lenovo designed hardware systems for Mili Pictures that effectively manage their front-end visual designing, back-end rendering and production. This “farm” solution consists of 249 Lenovo ThinkStation workstations. Mili Pictures relies on the ThinkStation C30 for rendering, animation and post production, while the ThinkStation S30 and E31...

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Lenovo IdeaCentre A520

Lenovo IdeaCentre A520

We invited our Lenovo Advocate, Jason Palaszewski, to review the IdeaCentre A520. Jason grew up in rural North-Central New Jersey and has been interested in technology for as long ago as he can remember. His first experience with Lenovo dates back to his Undergraduate school years. One of his friends had a Lenovo ThinkPad R61i at the time, and it was love at first point and type. Since then he has owned two Lenovo machines, a G555 and a ThinkPad Edge E420, and both continue to work and DO perfectly to this day. He also has a passion for exotic cars, making YouTube videos, PC gaming, electric guitar, building, overclocking, and giving advice on computers and smartphones, and modding Android devices. INTRODUCTION The very moment you take the Lenovo IdeaCentre A520 out of its large box is the same moment you realize that you certainly just got yourself a truly awesome and fantastically versatile machine. After a few weeks of use, the same excellent workmanship, build quality, and versatility I experienced on day one is still consistently apparent during every second of use. This all-in-one is a serious contender for anyone looking for the at-home general purpose Windows 8 AIO PC with a nice, large 23” display that isn’t too enormous, but is still quite roomy. As we’ll see though, this is definitely not your average AIO. I like to think of it as an AIO with a twist, or shall we say, a tilt, making it fantastic for people (at times more than...

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A timeline of the history of technology in the treatment of Autism.

A timeline of the history of technology in the treatment of Autism.

Over the past 100 years advancements in technology have opened entirely new methods of treatment and research in the medical field.  Over time machines and technology have played a pivotal role in allowing doctors to make new medical and treatment breakthroughs.  This infographic explores how touchscreen technology has helped the treatment and study of Autism. [Click here to enlarge Infographic] Share this infographic using the embed code below: <a href=http://blog.lenovo.com/products/The-Power-of-Touchscreen?cid=us:seo:AYEcjt><img src="http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/img_lib/misc/lenovo-infographic-us-autism-thepoweroftouch-blog.jpg" alt="The Power of Touchscreen Technology: A Timeline of the History of Technology in the Treatment of Autism." width="600" height="930" /> </a>

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