AMD FirePro high-performing production pipelines in 4K to demo at IBC 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 21, 2014

IBC 2014 is just around the corner (Sept 12-16, Hall 7, Stand 7.H35 RAI Congress Centre, Amsterdam) and AMD FirePro will have demos that show why the new W x100 series GPUs are the first choir for the media and entertainment professional across a variety of OpenGL and OpenCL accelerated solutions.

ISV partners demos:
BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve
The Foundry NUKE
Adobe CC: Premiere Pro, SpeedGrade , Photoshop
Assimilate SCRATCH 8
RealVNC Remote Graphics
AJA SDI Ingest and Playout
OEM partners hardware and demos:
Apple Mac Pro

Tags: Events

AMD FirePro W9100 used for 5760 x 1200 60 fps projection graphics at the Communiqué Awards

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 15, 2014

The Communiqué Awards is a showcase for healthcare communications. This year the widescreen display of sponsor categories and nominees was produced by Joy’s Production Services using Ventuz software running on an AMD FirePro W9100. 

Joy used the FirePro W9100 and Ventuz to drive 2 Panasonic PTZ-21K 20,000 lumen projectors onto a seamless 18m x 4.5m widescreen. A third connected display acted as an operators monitor. The total display resolution was 5760 x 1200 pixels rendered at 60 fps. Live camera input using a Deltacast HD-SDI card and multiple Ventuz particle nodes generated the animated backgrounds and ‘digital fireworks’.


Can’t make it to SIGGRAPH? Check out these video demos: Lumiscaphe, Cintoo 3D, Ray Tracing Prototype

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 14, 2014

This year’s SIGGRAPH is amazing in terms of the demos. If you weren’t able to attend the show or make it to the AMD FirePro booth, below are 3 videos demonstrating a few of the remarkable technologies enabled by OpenGL and OpenCL running on AMD FirePro W8100 and W9100s. I have to note that each of these demos blew me away.  This is leaps and bounds beyond what I saw last year.

Lumiscaphe P3D Design 50 fps photorealistic rendering using AMD FirePro W9100
It looks like a video playing on screen but it is actually a real-time 50 fps photorealistic rendering of a 4.1 million polygon model using P3D Design V6 running on an AMD FirePro W9100.

Cintoo 3D SmartMesh compression/decompression of massive 3D models on AMD FirePro using OpenCL
Cintoo 3D SmartMesh running on AMD FirePro W8100 using OpenCL to process 3D massive data in real-me. This example shows a 20 million triangles model with 20 GB texture compressed 1:50 and decompressed on the fly.

Ray tracer renderer proof of concept demo using OpenCL running on 4 AMD FirePro W8100s
AMD’s Takahiro Harada shows a path rendering / ray tracing demo using a prototype Maya 2015 plugin, targeting accelerated adoption of OpenCL 2.0 in advanced photorealistic rendering engines running on 4 AMD FirePro W8100.


AMD completes its next generation family of workstation GPUs - FirePro W2100, W4100, W5100, W7100

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 12, 2014

The next generation AMD FirePro workstation graphics family brings at least 2x more memory, multidisplay 4K leadership, high compute performance, next generation API support and PCIe 3.0 support:

  • With 16GB GDDR5 memory and the ability to support up to six 4K displays, AMD FirePro W9100 professional graphics is AMD's most advanced professional graphics solution available offering the ideal single-GPU solution for the next generation of ultrahigh-resolution visualization environments
  • AMD FirePro W8100 professional graphics feature 8GB of GDDR5 memory and packs up to 4.2 TFLOPS of compute power to accelerate projects beyond just graphics
  • An engineering and Media & Entertainment multimedia powerhouse, the 8GB AMD FirePro W7100 professional graphics is designed to boost performance and support for 4K content, including video playback, editing and transcoding
  • With 4GB of GDDR5 memory and four display outputs on the AMD FirePro W5100 graphics, users can tackle complex models, assemblies, data sets and advanced visual effects with ease
  • In a class of its own, AMD FirePro W4100 graphics, including four-display support, is the ideal choice for users who need a performance boost to address their evolving workflows
  • Next generation professional graphics start with AMD FirePro W2100 graphics, delivering optimized and certified professional application performance that consumer graphics lack

At-a-glance overview of the newly announced cards.


Tags: Hardware

The future of entertainment:  Immersive holograms from OTOY streamed via the cloud

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 11, 2014

AMD FirePro STREAM technology partner OTOY, today announced a holographic video pipeline for content creators, including the world’s first portable 360 holographic capture system and a cloud-based pipeline for creating and deploying holographic media to mobile devices and virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift . In 2015 OTOY will bring to market, commercial freestanding volumetric holographic displays.

OTOY’s end-to-end pipeline brings together several technologies to produce a video with true-to-life image quality that can be navigated and explored from any angle, otherwise known as holographic video. Rod Roddenberry: “OTOY is making my father’s vision of the Star Trek Holodeck a practical reality in our lifetime.”

The holographic video pipeline and display will be demoed in the AMD FirePro booth 1023 at SIGGRAPH 2014 (see theater schedule).

Photorealistic rendering at 4K in real-time using Lumiscaphe P3D on AMD FirePro at SIGGRAPH

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 06, 2014

At this year’s AMD FirePro SIGGRAPH booth 1023, Lumiscaphe will be demoing real-time rendering of complex photorealistic scenes at 4K using P3D running on HP workstation equipped with an AMD FirePro W9100.  So just how impressive is this?

Check out the screen grabs below (scaled to 18% of original size and jpg compressed) of the images that were rendered in real-time at 4K.  These images can be rendered and manipulated at 30-40 FPS at full 4K resolution using the AMD FirePro W9100. This will be a demo worth seeing live!

(View the 4.1 million triangle model at 4K albeit jpg compressed)

(View at 4K albeit jpg compressed)

(View at 4K albeit jpg compressed)


New AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU breaks the 2.0 TFLOPS double precision barrier

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 06, 2014

The AMD FirePro S9150 server card was officially announced today. The 16GB GDDR5 memory configuration, compute capabilities and performance per watt make this the most powerful server GPU ever built for High Performance Computing.


The AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU features:

• 5.07 TFLOPS of peak single-precision floating point performance
• Maximum double-precision floating point performance resulting in 2.53 TFLOPS peak double-precision compute performance – half of its peak single precision performance.
• 16GB GDDR5 memory, 512-bit memory interface and up to 320 GB/s memory bandwidth
• 2,816 stream processors (44 GCN compute units)
• Error Correcting Code Memory support (external)
• Ready to support OpenCL 2.04
• 235W maximum power consumption
• Passive thermal cooling
• AMD STREAM technology to accelerate many applications beyond just graphics

Additionally, AMD introduced the AMD FirePro S9050 server GPU with 12GB of ultra-fast GDDR5 memory, ECC Memory support, cutting-edge graphics and compute performance. The new server GPU delivers 3.23 TFLOPS of peak single precision, plus 806 GFLOPS of double precision floating-point performance..


Monsters in the Orchestra: A Surround Computing VR Experience using AMD tech

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 04, 2014

Monsters in the Orchestra is an interactive and immersive demonstration of surround computing as experienced in a VR environment. Participants are immersed in a stereoscopic world of monsters playing real-world instruments with positional audio and 3D x 360-degree gesture control.

At Siggraph 2014, participants will be immersed in the same experience using virtual reality headsets, such as the new Morpheus VR head-gear from Sony, with 3D spatialized audio delivered to each participant using stereo headphones.




AMD FirePro will host theater demos and presentations at SIGGRAPH 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on July 30, 2014

The AMD FirePro booth #1023 at SIGGRAPH 2014 will have a live theater demo featuring a number of interesting demos and partners. Stop by the booth to catch any of the presentations. Also while you are there, complete the survey for a chance to win an AMD FirePro W7000!

AMD FirePro SIGGRAPH 2014 Theater Booth Schedule

12-Aug 13-Aug 14-Aug
9:30 AM Video Demo
10:00 AM AMD CodeXL AMD CodeXL AMD CodeXL
10:30 AM Adobe AMD Tools Adobe
11:00 AM The Foundry The Foundry The Foundry
11:30 AM Lumiscaphe Lumiscaphe Lumiscaphe
12:00 PM Autodesk Autodesk Autodesk
12:30 PM Dell Dell OTOY
1:00 PM Autodesk Autodesk Autodesk
1:30 PM Ciintoo 3D Ciintoo 3D SolidAngle
2:00 PM Autodesk Autodesk Video Demo
2:30 PM AMD Tools Adobe
3:00 PM Autodesk Autodesk  
3:30 PM SolidAngle SolidAngle  
4:00 PM HP HP  
5:00 PM Autodesk Autodesk  
5:30 PM Video Demo  

SIGGRAPH 2014 Tech Talk: Mantle and the Next-Gen Renderers For FirePro With Graphic Core Next

Posted by Tony DeYoung on July 29, 2014

Everyone thinks of Mantle as a rendering API targeted at 3D video games. But what if Mantle could be used for advanced 3D rendering in the professional CAD, media and scientific markets?

That is what is covered in this tech talk by Richard Huddy:

Mantle provides direct access to the hardware and leads way to the future of rendering. This talk shows how the AMD FirePro GCN cores and their advanced features can be exploited to enhance real-time rendering and compute tasks.

TUESDAY, 12 AUGUST | 9:45 - 10:45 am
WEDNESDAY, 13 AUGUST | 9:45 - 10:45 am


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