What’s New? The end of Windows 7, spo-comm at the Nürnberg Digital Festival & Nvidias Development Kit

Our news for May have plenty to offer: We say goodbye to Windows 7, but Hello to the Nürnberg Digital Festival and we discover a new Nvidia beginner’s platform.

Windows 7 – The end has come

We already mentioned in our news in June last year, that spo-comm can only support Windows 10 for new systems.

Now the time for all the other Mini-PCs has come, too. The Windows 7 SB versions are no longer available. The spo-comm Mini-PCs can from now on only be equipped with Windows 10 (IoT) or – after consultation – with Windows 7 Embedded.

AI AI, Captain: spo-comm at the Nürnberg Digital Festival

At the Nürnberg Digital Festival we will be organizing an event all about the topic Artificial Intelligence. Here the participants can experience and learn what Nvidias programming technique CUDA has to do with AI and Deep Learning. More information about our guest speakers, the application examples of our customers and the event in general, we have put together in another blog article.

CUDA & 4K: Nvidias Jetson Nano Development Kit

As the name suggests, Nvidia brought a new board for developers to market. It is called Jetson Nano and has four ARM processing cores with 1.43 GHz as its centerpiece. These are combined with a 4GB high LPDDR4 RAM. The Developer Kit only comes up with 5 Watt power consumption. The Jetson Nano also is equipped with 128 CUDA cores with which 4K@60 Hz videos can be encoded in the H.264 standard and decoded in the H.265 standard.

The Jetson Nano has – despite its small dimensions of only 100 x 80 x 29 mm – next to a passive cooling system also many different connectors. These include five USB ports, one of them Micro-USB, one HDMI and one DisplayPort for connecting monitors, as well as a Gigabit LAN port. With the CSI-2 a camera can be connected, too, and a microSD card slot is also available.

Find more information about the Jetson Nano here and in this video.

More on this topic

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What means "CUDA"?

The term CUDA is the acronym of "Compute Unified Device Architecture".

What exactly is CUDA?

CUDA is an NVIDIA architecture for parallel calculations. The computing power of a PC is increased by using the graphics processor as well.
In the past, OpenGL and DirectX were the only way to interact with GPUs, but these APIs were mostly suited for multimedia applications. In contrast, calculations were only performed on the CPU.

Since graphics cards are ideal for computation-intensive, parallel processes, new operating systems (Windows 7 and up) no longer use GPUs only for graphics calculations, but as a general-purpose parallel processor that can be accessed by any application. Like that, calculations run parallel on the CPU and the graphics processor, which increases the performance enormously. NVIDIA CUDA supports this and enables easy and efficient parallel computing. There are now thousands of applications, countless research reports and a wide selection of CUDA tools and solutions.

What is a CUDA core?

Usually, CUDA cores are considered equivalent to CPU cores. However, the CUDA cores are less complex and at the same time appear in much larger numbers. While the usual Intel CPUs have between 2 and 8 cores, for example, the NVIDIA Quadro P1000, which is installed in our identically named Mini-PC, has 640 CUDA cores. High-End graphics cards, such as NVIDIA’s Turing generation, often have over 4000 cores. This high number is necessary because often many complex graphics calculations have to be performed simultaneously. However, since GPUs are specialized for this purpose, the cores are also constructed much more specific and are therefore smaller than the cores of CPUs.

A detailed explanation of this topic can be found at Gamingscan. If you want to get even deeper into the topic and are interested in the exact difference between CUDA cores and CPU cores, you should check out the video "Why CUDA 'Cores' Aren’t Actually Cores" from Gamers Nexus.

In which areas is CUDA used?

CUDA is used in a variety of fields. On the one hand in image and video processing, but also in the medical field, for example in CT image reconstructions. The fields AI, deep learning and machine learning also often rely on CUDA, because they require sophisticated development environments. Other topics include computer biology and chemistry, raytracing, seismic analysis and more.

Which is the current version of CUDA?

Since CUDA was introduced in 2006, it has evolved enormously. In October 2018, CUDA 10 was unveiled, along with the launch of the new Turing GPUs. More information about the new features can be found on the NVIDIA Developer Blog.

How is CUDA programmed?

When using CUDA, the programming languages C, C++, Fortran, Python and MATLAB can be used.

How can CUDA be used?

With CUDA you can work under Windows, Linux and MacOS – given that you have the right hardware. These are the graphics cards of the NVIDIA series GeForce, Quadro and Tesla as well as NVIDIA GRID solutions. An overview of CUDA enabled GPUs can be found on NVIDIA’s website. The CUDA Toolkit can be found there as well.

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What is CUDA?

While launching our new Mini-PCs QUADRO P1000 and TEGRA 2 we already talked a lot about NVIDIA CUDA and the so-called CUDA cores. But what is CUDA actually?
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The Nürnberg Digital Festival

Nürnberg Digital Festival is an annual, week-long festival focusing on digital topics. Besides celebrating Nuremberg’s thriving digital community, the festival draws attention to the opportunities that result from a digital revolution, shaping our lives in new ways: digitalization effects society, art and culture, education, as well as technology and economy. For one week, the Nürnberg Digital Festival hosts a broad selection of conferences, events, presentations and workshops to showcase the capabilities and creative ideas around digital topics in the Nuremberg region. Thus, the festival strengthens the metropolitan area Nuremberg as an economically, creatively and culturally diverse, social region, establishing it as a pioneer in digital change. […] Besides connecting and promoting people, projects and organizations that already actively shape the digital change, the festival serves as an access point for all those, who are interested in this topic. From children to senior citizen, entrepreneurs, politicians or scientists — Nürnberg Digital Festival creates opportunities for everybody. By serving as a platform for education, knowledge transfer, networking, cooperation and inspiration, digital issues get tangible for all and bring together potentials from various spheres of the digital world and society in general. (Source: nuernberg.digital)

AI AI Captain! – CUDA goes Artificial Intelligence

As we already announced some weeks ago on Twitter, something – for us – very big and also new is coming. We will be organizing an event on the Nürnberg Digital Festival and we now want to give you some insights into what we are planning to do.

At our event on Tuesday 16th July, it’s all about CUDA! Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning or Machine Learning: Together with experts who will be our guest speakers, we want to show our visitors, what impact Nvidia’s programming technique CUDA has on these always present topics. Furthermore, you can see applications at first hand – thanks to our guest speaker from the software developer Advertima.

Next to the speeches we also provide a calm atmosphere for networking with snacks and drinks in our head office in Nuremberg.


##Sign up for our event! (Please note: Will be hold in German)


##Get to know more about spo-comm on #nuedigital!


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spo-comm goes #nuedigital!

At this year’s Nürnberg Digital Festival – which takes place from 12th to 22nd July – the spo-comm will take part with an event all about the topic CUDA and Artificial Intelligence!
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Bye Thunderbolt 3, Hello USB 4

The USB Promoter Group recently announced the new USB 4 standard. This version is based on Thunderbolt 3 and allows sensational data transfer rates of up to 40 GBit/s, which is twice as much as the current version USB 3.2 Gen2x2. The background: Intel hands over its Thunderbolt specification to the Universal Serial Bus Implementers Forum (USB-IF). In the future, manufacturers will be able to produce suitable chips without paying the license fees that Thunderbolt requires. So far, it is also certain that USB Type C is required in any case. In exchange, the new port can also transmit DisplayPort 1.2 as well as HDMI signals and charge devices with up to 100 watts. It is still unclear, when the first devices with USB 4 will be developed. Maybe with Intel’s new CPU generation Ice Lake, which should come in late 2019.

Sources: golem.de, heise online, GameStar.

10 times faster: The new 5G standard

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, the new 5G mobile communications standard was one of the big topics. Samsung, Huawei, LG and other manufacturers have already introduced smartphones that support 5G. But what is the current status? The 5G standard is the successor of 4G/LTE and builds on this. With data rates up to 20 Gbit/s, 10x LTE speed will be achieved. In Germany, there will be the first mobile networks from 2020 onwards, but the priority is initially to open up remote locations. A faster mobile network is less important at first. To make matters worse for the expansion in Germany, the auction of 5G frequencies is delayed. Due to the strict supply requirements, the major mobile operators Telefónica, Vodafone and Telekom have requested to stop the auction.

Sources: golem.de, heise online.

Embedded World and Internet World: spo-comm at exhibition visit

In the last few weeks, two exciting fairs took place in our area, which we didn’t want to miss. At the end of February, several colleagues from sales, marketing and technology visited the Embedded World in Nuremberg. There we learned about the latest trends in the industry and met a few of our customers and partners.

In mid-March, our marketing team went to the Internet World Expo  in Munich. Here we mainly used the extensive lecture offer and heard great speakers on topics such as SEO, SEA, UX and content marketing. We took many new ideas and suggestions with us and will definitely implement some of them in the coming weeks.

Fake faces nonstop: The possibilities of AI

At the end we want to tell you about a topic that shows the exciting possibilities of artificial intelligence and has fascinated us very much: the website ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com. With each refresh it shows a new face, that was artificially created using AI, but looks so realistic, that it cannot be distinguished from a real photo. The algorithm used here uses a so-called GAN (generative adversarial network), which creates new fake examples from a large set of real images. The StyleGAN algorithm was developed by NVIDIA and published last year as open source.

Source: The Verge.

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What’s new? The 5G standard, a new AI and USB 4

Our tech news in March: Two interfaces will become one and the 5G standard is on its way. In addition, we have discovered a fascinating AI and tell you about our exhibition visits.