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Alex Herrera


With more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, and management experience in the semiconductor industry, Alex Herrera is a consultant focusing on high-performance graphics and workstations. Author of frequent articles covering both the business and technology of graphics, he is also responsible for the Workstation Report series, published by Jon Peddie Research.


NVIDIA Unveils Ampere-Generation RTX A6000 and A40, Affirming Evolving — and Aggressive — Path for its GPUs Article
NVIDIA Unveils Ampere-Generation RTX A6000 and A40, Affirming Evolving — and Aggressive — Path for its GPUs   15 Oct, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: The retirement of NVIDIA’s Quadro brand is further evidence of the GPU’s changing role and shape.

Two New CPUs Will Open More Options for the CAD Workstation Platform Article
Two New CPUs Will Open More Options for the CAD Workstation Platform   17 Sep, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Lenovo builds around AMD’s Threadripper PRO processor, while Intel ships the first fruits of Xe graphics and SuperFin technology.

Workstation CPU Cores and Clocks: An Inconvenient Tradeoff Article
Workstation CPU Cores and Clocks: An Inconvenient Tradeoff   20 Aug, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: The inverse relationship between core count and frequency presents a tricky tradeoff to navigate when choosing a CAD workstation CPU.

Chiplet Architectures Emerge as One Arrow in Industry Quiver of Technologies Extending Compute Performance Article
Chiplet Architectures Emerge as One Arrow in Industry Quiver of Technologies Extending Compute Performance   16 Jul, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

As the trend described by Moore’s Law comes to its inevitable end, CAD users and other compute-hungry professionals need the industry to find ways to deliver generation-to-generation improvements in performance.

Can 1-to-1 Remote Workstations Provide the Same Performance as Local Machines? Article
Can 1-to-1 Remote Workstations Provide the Same Performance as Local Machines?    4 Jun, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Are you considering a remote computing solution? Latency likely won’t be a significant problem, but you’ll want to evaluate whether response time and image quality meet your expectations or are noticeable enough to be annoying.

Boxx Expands into Remote Workstations with Help from Cirrascale Article
Boxx Expands into Remote Workstations with Help from Cirrascale    21 May, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

With many employees forced to work from home, remote datacenter workstations make more sense than ever — and the arrival of Boxx Cloud Services couldn’t be more timely.

GTC 2020 Reveals How Nvidia and Partners Plan to Leverage GPUs to Advance CAD Article
GTC 2020 Reveals How Nvidia and Partners Plan to Leverage GPUs to Advance CAD   15 Apr, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

The annual conference — which was transformed this year from an in-person event to GTC Digital — made it clear that traditional 3D graphics is becoming a smaller piece of the puzzle.

The Traditional Computer Memory Hierarchy — and Its Impact on CAD Performance — Are Evolving Article
The Traditional Computer Memory Hierarchy — and Its Impact on CAD Performance — Are Evolving   18 Mar, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: The basic tenets of the tried-and-true memory hierarchy still apply, but it’s worth knowing how recent disruptors can improve performance — and perhaps shift the traditional balance.

AMD CPUs for CAD Workstations: Third-Generation Threadripper Makes Impressive Debut Article
AMD CPUs for CAD Workstations: Third-Generation Threadripper Makes Impressive Debut   19 Feb, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Three years into the era of AMD’s Zen architecture for central processing units (CPUs), the company has climbed into its best position in over a decade to compete with Intel, equipped with a high-performance workstation-caliber CPU.

Hardware Benchmarks for CAD, Part 2: Uses of SPEC and ISV Benchmarks Article
Hardware Benchmarks for CAD, Part 2: Uses of SPEC and ISV Benchmarks   8 Jan, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Benchmark relevance will vary depending on what application you use and whether you’re focusing on graphics throughput or whole-system performance.


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