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Designing a workstation can be a seemingly daunting task; it’s full of technical constraints and functional complexities that most designers find less than glamorous. Due to the tooling investment required, the design platform also has to be designed to last for as long as 5 years. It’s a far cry from designing the fall fashion collection for the next “runway” in Milan. It’s about expressing and enhancing functionality through inspired design for a very specific and demanding audience. To develop such a targeted design takes strong understanding of their wants and needs, a robust technical knowledge of how high performance computers work and a creative spirit that can turn requirements into meaningful design. The people who buy workstations are the same kind of people who appreciate the functional ethos and aesthetic of a full bore military issue Humvee! They are not fooled by the superficial. I personally have always found this type of design not only very challenging, but also rewarding. I enjoy solving technical problems and have always liked to analyze and create the design of utilitarian objects. During my career I’ve designed underground trenching equipment, industrial lawn mowers, camping gear and computers that have all celebrated functionality. As with any design project, you have to start somewhere. Knowing the customer is certainly crucial, but you ultimately have to synthesize a lot of information into design...

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On July 27, Dragon Nest: Rise of the Black Dragon, China's first 3D animated feature film produced by Mili Pictures, was first released in the Saga Cinema (Solana Beijing).The film produced by Disney’s gold producer Bill Borden, along with Hollywood animation creators and China’s top ranked animation teams eventually built up the most expensive and sophisticated blockbuster in China’s animated film history. As the partner of Mili Pictures IT infrastructure, Lenovo has provided exclusive IT technical support with ThinkStation workstations for Dragon Nest: Rise of the Black Dragon, and shouldered the computer graphic animation production, turning artistic inspirations into reality with reliable performance. "Since the launch of Lenovo ThinkStation workstation in 2008, it has been widely recognized by customers for its innovative and premium products, and its performance has spiked up in China in the last 19 quarters. At the end of 2013, Lenovo ThinkStation took 32.8% of the market share in China. We will prioritize the DCC field this year. Without a doubt, the cooperation with Mili Pictures will enhance the leadership of Lenovo ThinkStation in the DCC field. Also, we expect that the innovation via the synergy of technology and art will boost the internationalization of domestic animated film industry.” the PC Product Marketing General Manager in VIP Customer Department of Lenovo China, Wang Liping remarked. The CTO of Mili Pictures...

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In this edition of the Lenovo ThinkServer blog, we wanted to shed some light on how Lenovo servers and workstations are being deployed for the high-performance computing (HPC) industry. Joining me in this discussion is Vertical Marketing Manager, Chris McCoy, from the Lenovo ThinkStation team. Edgar: Hi Chris, can you tell us a bit about your work experience and how you see Lenovo ThinkStation fitting into the key verticals you manage? Also, do you see synergies with Lenovo ThinkServer? Chris: Hey Edgar, it’s a pleasure to be here with you. To answer the first part of your question, I joined the Lenovo ThinkStation product team about 18 months ago. Prior to coming to Lenovo, I spent more than 15 years working for global IT solution providers in both the private and public sectors. Lenovo has made tremendous investments in ThinkStation product engineering and critical technology partner alliances to devise, test and implement various hardware and software technologies in an effort to improve workflow and system performance as well as platform efficiencies. We do this to ensure that we’re designing and building platforms that can be tuned and configured to support very specific workflows across a very wide spectrum of customers, in industries such as Banking, Finance, Manufacturing, Architecture, Medical and Life Sciences, Media and Entertainment and the Energy Sector. To answer the second part of your question, in Lenovo, servers and...

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“Arts Enlighten Technology, Technology Drives Arts.” This famous remark of John Alan Lasseter, the founder of Pixar and winner of two Academy Awards, mirrored the importance of technology in 3D animated films. Dragon Nest: Rise of the Black Dragon, China's most expensive 3D animated feature film, has featured exquisite production that is beyond compare in many aspects in China’s animation sector. Lenovo ThinkStation workstations were the powerhouses behind the creative, with integrated solutions from front-end visual design to back-end rendering. At the eve of the launch of Dragon Nest: Rise of Black Dragon, we paid a visit to Mili Pictures’ production base in Suzhou to explore the “birth of the dragon”.     Witnessing the production of every scene Dragon Nest's production was created using the highest standard of workstations in China’s animated film sector. Different movies (even different scenes of one movie) have different requirements for workstations. Moreover, art and image design, scene design, special effects production and composition also have different requirements for workstations. ThinkStation provides solutions for all these different needs. For instance, art work and other early stage departments don’t have a high requirement for hardware, but they need to be incredibly stable. To cater to such a need, Lenovo provided E31 ThinkStation workstations. The animation...

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If you use CAD/CAE or just creative applications, have you ever thought about why you need to upgrade your workstations, and if there is a real timetable you should follow?  If so, here are four things to consider: 1) Design and creation activities are critical to your success, they represent your competitive advantage. This starts with you, the engineer and/or creative person who conceive the idea and the design. In addition, it includes the methods you use to design it, the software you use and the hardware that runs the software. Also very important, is how fast you design and create, as you can’t afford to get behind the competition, or miss a critical due date. All these things combine to give you a creative and innovative competitive edge. Both creation and schedules are two critical elements of your success. 2) Nothing is stagnant in this world, and this is true for the world of design and creativity. For example, new features are constantly being added to your design and the design is being shared in new ways using software like Product Life Cycle Management. Designers learn more from organizations like manufacturing and adapt their designs according to the latest technology trends available. In addition, the software they use changes, new revisions come out, new fixes and even additional software features to take into account. Designers want to know more about their design decisions and attach histories and notes to the design files. All of...

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