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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.


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   19 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   20 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   9 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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CAD Tech News (#117)   19 Dec, 2019
By: Alex Herrera

Alex Herrera explains why benchmarks remain the best tools for evaluating GPUs and workstations.

The ‘Creator PC’ for CAD: Is There Really a Need? Article
The ‘Creator PC’ for CAD: Is There Really a Need?   21 Nov, 2019
By: Alex Herrera

An upgraded PC for visual creators is appearing on the market, but there’s already a tool for that: the workstation.

Case Studies in Virtual Workstations for CAD: Southland Article
Case Studies in Virtual Workstations for CAD: Southland   17 Oct, 2019
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: AEC firm Southland is a prime example of IT demands that call for a centralized/virtualized solution.

Tier 1 Workstation Vendors vs. Boutique Suppliers: Different Strokes for Different CAD Folks Article
Tier 1 Workstation Vendors vs. Boutique Suppliers: Different Strokes for Different CAD Folks   19 Sep, 2019
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: What do Tier 2 OEMs, resellers, and system integrators offer that Dell, HP, and Lenovo don’t? There are big differences in overclocking, core frequency, liquid-cooling options, and more.

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CAD Tech News (#109)   15 Aug, 2019
By: Alex Herrera

Are CAD users the most demanding professional workstation customers? Alex Herrera explains how computing needs vary across disciplines.

Who Is Using Workstations, and Why? Article
Who Is Using Workstations, and Why?   15 Aug, 2019
By: Alex Herrera

CAD is the primary driver of today’s professional graphics hardware market, but not the only one. See how CAD users’ workstation needs compare to those of software engineering, digital media, geoscience, and other professionals.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for CAD, Part 3 Article
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for CAD, Part 3   18 Jul, 2019
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: If you want to dial up your VR environment for CAD, explore options that extend beyond baseline systems, including no-compromise performance upgrades and immersive display solutions.




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