AMD FirePro and Dell validate upgrades to PTC Creo 3.0 at PTC FY15 Channel Sales Kickoff

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 29, 2014

AMD FirePro and Dell were the primary sponsors for the PTC FY15 Channel Sales Kickoff. They provided a compelling message to channel partners on the benefits upgrading to Creo 3.0 to take advantage of higher performance and greater interactivity when working with new advanced rendering features such as transparency OIT mode, VBO and Shaded Mode rendering, all enabled by AMD FirePro GPUs that are PTC Creo-certified for stability and performance.

A few 'fun facts" regarding the enhanced performance in shaded mode:

  • AMD FirePro W4100 graphics offers up to 13X faster performance in PTC Creo 3.0 than PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.
  • AMD FirePro W5100 graphics offers up to 26X faster performance in PTC Creo 3.0 than PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.
  • AMD FirePro W7100 graphics offers up to 29X faster performance in PTC Creo 3.0 than PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.
  • AMD FirePro W7100 graphics offers up to 1.6X faster performance in PTC Creo 3.0 than Nvidia Quadro K4200.

To me, the 4GB W5100 performance is particularly interesting given its $500 price, so how does it do with transparency?

  • AMD FirePro W5100 graphics offers up to 31X faster performance in PTC Creo 3.0 transparency OIT mode than PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5 blended transparency mode.

Depending on your workflow and need for parametric, assemblies and simulation, the three cards can be best matched to each of the 3 Creo packages:
PTC Creo Essentials → AMD FirePro W4100
PTC Creo Essentials Plus → AMD FirePro W5100
PTC Creo Essentials Premium → AMD FirePro W7100

Below are some pics from the David Watters presentation, AMD FirePro booth and the general event.






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NX Nastran 9.1 OpenCL acceleration on AMD FirePro demoed at CAE Symposium 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 23, 2014

AMD FirePro team was at the Siemens PLM Software CAE Symposium on board the Queen Mary in Long Beach demonstrating OpenCL-enabled NX Nastran finite element analysis solver accelerated by an AMD FirePro W9100.

The availability of fast approximate eigensolvers such as RDMODES makes it possible to compute a large number of modes over a wide frequency range economically. However, the modal frequency response calculation can be resource intensive for a large modal space. This project accelerated this computation in NX Nastran 9.1 using OpenCL on the AMD FirePro W9100 card.

The results of the FirePro/OpenCL acceleration for NX Nastran 9.1 Modal Frequency Response:

  • Up to 25x faster than serial
  • Up to 4x faster than the top of the line 24-core CPU run time

See pics from the event and of the venue below.




AMD FirePro and Dell talk Cloud and Data Center graphics at Australian User Forum

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 22, 2014

The AMD FirePro team was at the Dell User Forum Australia to answer questions about data center productivity using the FirePro S7000 in Dell Precision 720 workstations as well as thin client remote graphics using VMWare.

The event was held in style at Australia’s number one sporting venue - the Royal Randwick Racecours.


Why Vancouver Film School chose AMD FirePro and HP Z workstation

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 21, 2014

Vancouver Film School describes how their students are able to use AMD FirePro graphics on HP Z Workstation to make their creative ideas a reality without waiting!  Software used includes Avid, Autodesk and Adobe

Bollywood director describes collaboration w/ AMD FirePro to create Indian epic film Baahubali

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 20, 2014

Bollywood film director SS Rajamouli describes the making of the Indian epic Telugu film Baahubali (coming in 2015) and how collaboration with AMD using FirePro technology enables him to translate influential comic book stories into a hi-fidelity film.  Machete VFX and ArkaMedia also chime in. The technology enables real-time rendering and real-time simulation to create the grandeur required for this VFX-oriented film. 

Barco Coronis Uniti - 1 display for both PACS and mammography - powered by AMD FirePro W7000

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 16, 2014

66% of radiologists want to see colors and grays on the same screen, with 84% of US radiologists reading both digital mammography and color PACS. Barco decided it was time to unify the workflow.  The new Barco Coronis Uniti is the world’s only display explicitly designed for PACS and breast imaging. 

The display is powered by the AMD FirePro W7000 to render rich content, while enabling fast-paced, dynamic and 3D medical imaging. This means the 12MP display display can deliver CT moving images, ultrasound, MRI/PET scans, multi-frame mammography, and digital breast tomosynthesis.  The Coronis Uniti display is also calibrated to meet the DICOM standard for grayscales, and to guarantee consistent, perceptually linear color. AMD has been Barco’s exclusive partner in medical imaging for more than 10 years!

Checkout the screen shots and the video below and see why people in medical imaging are so excited.



Join AMD FirePro and Nick Pandher at the JPR Remote Graphics and Virtualization Conference

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 15, 2014

Remote workstations? Really? Can you really access graphics resources remotely? Why would you? What about latency?

If you're looking for answers, Jon Peddie Research and AMD FirePro invite you to attend Virtualize, the Remote Graphics and Virtualization Conference. This event will bring together people who are taking advantage of remote computing resources and companies offering virtualization tools, with people who want to know if these technologies are right for their organization.

AMD’s Nick Pandher, Sr. Business Development Manager, Professional Graphics – Cloud, will be a speaker at the event.


  • Find out what works, what doesn't work, and how to prepare for the future in Remote Graphics and Virtualization
  • Get hands-on explanations and advice from experienced advisors
  • Get a description of products and configurations available for different workflows
  • Interact with your peers and the leading vendors in a relaxed informative setting
  • Get the results of Jon Peddie's survey on the remote graphics and virtualization market


  • Those needing powerful processing capability including professionals in engineering, design, analysis, and rendering for graphics intensive applications
  • IT professionals
  • Small, medium, and large companies looking for ways to extend powerful processing to more employees
  • Companies interested in improving their resources for collaboration and to optimize productivity, efficiency, and resource management

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, CA 94010

Register to attend


How to choose the right virtual professional graphics workstation solution?

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 13, 2014

Today, a virtual design session running on remote workstations can deliver nearly the same high-performance graphics as the workstation under your desk. You can choose to dedicate a professional GPU to your virtual session or use a shared, virtualized GPU.

CADplace has written an article to help you choose which is the right for you.

The article explains GPU pass-through, multi-user vGPU and compression.

Also be sure to check out the topically related story on RealVNC software real-time control and render of 3d simulation on a remote AMD FirePro W9100.

HP expands its AMD FirePro graphics footprint to 5 tower and 3 mobile workstations

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 08, 2014

In September and October of this year, HP has greatly expanded its AMD FirePro graphics footprint offering 3 mobile and 5 tower configurations using FirePro graphics (in 2013 there was 1 mobile and 2 towers configurations).

The new HP Z840, Z640 and Z440 desktop workstations now include AMD FirePro W2100, W5100 and W7100 GPUs (multi-display 4K capability, high compute performance, OpenCL 2 support and PCIe 3.0). The HP ZBook 15 G2 and 17 G2 mobile workstations feature AMD FirePro M5100 and M6100 mobile GPUs (4K display support, optimized drivers, power management). Check out the models and specs below.


HP Z440, HP Z640 & HP 7840

HP Z230 Tower & HP Z230SFF




AMD FirePro Mobile Graphics Overview

Pics from Adobe MAX 2014 and the AMD FirePro presence

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 07, 2014

Adobe MAX 2014 is in full swing with a focus on innovations in multitouch and sharing between mobile workflows such as working with a Premiere Pro clip on your iPad and then seamlessly switching over to your FirePro high performance workstation to finish editing, compositing and grading.




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