To be useful, benchmarks should perform as a reliable indicator of expected application performance. Drivers should be optimized not to get the highest synthetic benchmark score, but rather to deliver the highest productivity in the applications you use.
With SPECviewperf 12, this synthetic benchmark now better job of recreating the experience that professional graphics deliver on professional applications. In other words, SPECviewperf 12 measures productivity for your application workflow and not just a synthetic benchmark score.
One of the big changes is support in SPECviewperf 12 that the test applications have been updated to use OpenGL 4 and DirectX APIs for optimal GPU graphics rendering and CPU compute offloading. OpenGLand DirectX are two of the primariy underlying graphics technologies used in modern professional applications. With this support, SPECviewperf 12 now more accurately reflects how an application will perform on a particular GPU.
There are 8 tests in SPECviewperf 12. Catia, Creo, Maya, SNX and SW all use OpenGL. Showcase uses DirectX. The energy and medical tests emulate workloads for
volumetric viewing applications.
Created from traces of the graphics workload generated by the CATIA V6 R2012 application from Dassault Systemes
Model sizes range from 5.1 to 21 million vertices
Viewset includes numerous rendering modes supported by the application including wireframe, anti-aliasing, shaded, shaded with edges, depth of field, ambient occlusion
Created from traces of the graphics workload generated by the Creo 2™ application from PTC
Model sizes range from 20 to 48 million vertices
Viewset includes numerous rendering modes supported by the application including wireframe, anti-aliasing, shaded, shaded with edges, and shaded reflection modes
Representative of a typical volume rendering application in the seismic and Oil & Gas field
Geophysical surveys generate image slices through the subsurface that are built into a 3d grid. Volume rendering gives as 2D projection or view of this 3D regular volumetric grid for further analysis and interpretation
Makes use of hardware support for 3D textures and therefore trilinear interpolation.
Created from traces of the graphics workload generated by the Maya 2013 application from Autodesk
Model size is 727.5 thousand vertices
Viewset includes numerous rendering modes supported by the application including shaded mode, ambient occlusion, multi-sample antialiasing, and transparency
Representative of a typical volume rendering application that renders a 2D projection of a 3D regular volumetric grid.
A typical 3D grid in this viewset is a group of 3D slices acquired by a scanner (such as CT or MRI).
2 datasets in this viewset – “4D heart data set (multiple 3d volumes iterated over time) and “Stag Beetle” (workload with larger memory requirement)
Created from traces of Autodesk’s Showcase 2013 application
The model used in the viewset consists of 8 million vertices
Viewset is the first viewset in SPECviewperf to feature DX rendering. Rendering modes included in the viewset include shading, projected shadows, and self-shadows
Created from traces of the graphics workload generated by the NX 8.0 application from Siemens PLM
Model sizes range from 7.15 to 8.45 million vertices
Viewset includes numerous rendering modes supported by the application including wireframe, anti-aliasing, shaded, shaded with edges, and studio mode
Created from traces of Dassault Systemes’ SolidWorks 2013 SP1
Models used in the viewset consist of 2.1M vertices to 21M vertices
Viewset includes numerous rendering modes supported by the application including shaded mode, shaded with edges, ambient occlusion, shaders, and environment maps
Given that the vast majority of CAD and CAE users purchase entry and mid-range professional graphics boards, while M&E users purchase mainly mid-range professional graphics boards, the following test results for AMD FirePro using SPECviewperf 12 are particularly interesting.
Matt Skynner, AMD’s VP and GM of Graphics Business Unit, took the stage at CES 2014 to demonstrate the new Mac Pro with dual AMD FirePro GPUs w/ up to 6GB of VRAM and up to 2048 stream processors per GPU, matched with top configurations capable of up to 7 teraflops of computing power.
ArrayFire is an OpenCL library designed for maximum speed without the hassle of writing OpenCL device code. The library contains hundreds of functions for math, signal processing, image processing, and algorithms so developers can maximize productivity and performance.
ArrayFire V2.0 for OpenCL adds:
Support for all of ArrayFire’s function library (with a few exceptions)
Same API as ArrayFire for CUDA enabling seamless interoperability
Just-In-Time (JIT) compilation of kernels for top performance
Specific tuning for AMD FirePro GPUs, APUs and Radeon GPUs
Specific tuning for Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors
Accelerated algorithms for image processing, signal processing, visualization
2013 was a great year for AMD FirePro graphics and Radeon Graphics. This video highlights some of the key milestones achieved including OpenCL support in Adobe Premiere Pro at 4k, dynamic physics simulations in Maya 2014, SpeedGrade and Media Encoder, OpenCL and multi-GPU support in DaVinci Resolve at 4K and multiple layers of color correction, and some amazing examples of Eyefinity display walls.
The video starts at time 1:04 to showcase FirePro specific highlights.
Immersive projection mapping with 4k uncompressed video took top billing at this year’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. 7thSense used their Delta Media servers, a new automation control system and AMD FirePro GPUs to deliver a visual spectacular to rival the eye-level high kicks of the renowned Rockettes.
Two racks of Delta media servers produced a ‘pixel map’ of the show’s entire laser-scanned 3D display surface and the theaters proscenium arches. This enabled the show’s content creators to place 4k uncompressed video content as well as colorful animations exactly where they wanted inside the theater, without having to work in a 3D modeling environment.
At Autodesk University 2013, attendees had the opportunity to see for themselves the direct tie-in between the eye-catching visuals of next generation game consoles and the tools that create those games. This blog discusses the AMD FirePro demos at AU2013 for 3ds Max with stereo support, the new Bullet Physics engine with Maya 2014, as well as Revit 2014, and Inventor 2014.
One of the newer applications that benefit from exceptional GPU performance is Autodesk VRED 3D which uses real-time lighting and rendering to offer breathtaking visual results for designers. The AMD booth demo offered attendees the opportunity to compare game visuals with design visuals. Autodesk tools using AMD FirePro offers users the ability to create highly realistic materials, manipulate camera settings, and move from physical to virtual prototypes in real time.
Additionally, visitors to the AMD FirePro booth experienced Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD, an easy-to-use set of tools for 3D mechanical design and Autodesk Revit for design and construction users to bring large models concepts to construction reality in a consistent model-based approach.
These two videos from the HP Rock On 2013 sales training event gave sales specialist and channel partners a first hand look at the power of remote graphics and high performance 3D computing on an ultrabook.
1) Demo of two remote displays connected to a thin client, powered by a single AMD FirePro R5000 remote graphics card. The FirePro R5000 is in an HP Tower Workstation and the Teradici PCoIP chip is compressing and transmitting the pixels and sending to the two remote displays, via an HP thin client. This allows users to work on graphic-intensive workloads on their local machine, across multiple displays, while the actual data stays securely on the server.
2) High polygon count car model running on the HP ZBook Ultrabook 14” mobile workstation powered by the AMD FirePro M4100 GPU.
AMD FirePro is at HP’s annual Rock On 2013 sales training event, showing sales specialists, region category management teams and select channel partners, just what the new FirePro technology delivers to the workstation and thin client markets.
The highly visited AMD FirePro booth at HP Rock On 2013
AMD FirePro W7000 powering OpenCL-accelerated Adobe Premiere Pro CC across 4 HD displays
HP ZBook ultra book mobile workstation with AMD FirePro M4100
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