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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.


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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CAD Tech News (#117)   18 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?   20 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   16 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   18 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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