This demo of the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite shows running 3DSMax and Mudbox and MotionBuilder spreading the work across 3 displays using Eyefinity technology running on an an HP EliteBook 8760W mobile workstation (FirePro M5950 mobility graphics card).
This demo of the Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate shows running Revit Architecture, Navisworks and Revit MEP spreading the work across 3 displays using Eyefinity technology running on an an HP EliteBook 8760W mobile workstation (FirePro M5950 mobility graphics card). It’s a pretty cool demo because it really makes clear the productivity angle of using Eyefinity.
ZDNet reviewer Dawson gives his take on HP’s EliteBook 8460w mobile workstation.
“Weighing in around 5 pounds with the extended life battery (which, by the way, is giving me around 8 hours of battery life under normal use), the 8460w has a bright, clear screen with an antiglare finish running at 1600×900. My test model topped out at about $2700, which isn’t cheap by any means, but is actually right in line with a comparably equipped MacBook Pro. In fact, the price of the HP could be shaved to $2450 by just removing the Blu-Ray burner. It would still include a 2.3GHz second-gen Core i7 quad core processor, AMD FirePro graphics (with support for up to 4 monitors), 3 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB power/2.0 port, and a USB/eSATA port…. Being a workstation, it also features various ISV certifications and HP has added a variety of security and power management software”
While not specific to FirePro graphics, these new Bulldozer-based servers and desktop systems promise to drive new levels of high performance graphics through OpenCL and tighter integration with the GPUs.
Two videos worth catching:
Competitive performance for AMD FX processors (also see press release)
The final post in the 4-part series on remote graphics for CAD talks about sustainability, RemoteFX and lastly gives a summary of when PCoIP remote graphics is the right solution.
"The real question is not if you should replace all of your high end workstations, but rather to examine when and where it makes economic and performance sense. For the true CAD power user, remote graphics is not there yet in terms of matching performance with a dedicated local workstation with a top-of-the-line FirePro or Quadro-based graphics card. But for users working on 2D drawings or moderate complexity 3D models:
If you are a large company about to install new workstations or replace end-of-life existing workstations, you should carefully look at a remote graphics solution like the FirePro RG220, as a way to significantly reduce costs and improve the ambient work environment.
If you have real IP security issues where you need to tightly control what CAD information leaves the office, then PCoIP hardware on the remote graphics card and on the zero client translates to heightened security for all users. For the user who works with moderately complex CAD, a 1:1 remote graphics setup will not save costs, but it will increase security.
AMD FUSION 11 TAIPEI Technical Forum & Exhibition, now in its seventh year, is the premier annual Taiwan event that brings academia and industry together with AMD partners to drive platform innovation on AMD GPUs and Fusion APUs. This years conference is packed with people wanting to see demos of OpenCL, Digital Signage, Gaming, Eyefinity and APUs, and attend the many technical session.
Post #3 in the 4-part series on remote graphics for CAD, talks about remote graphics solutions that include hardware accelerated encryption and high-speed transmission PCoIP technologies like the FirePro RG220 Remote Graphics card.
For high performance CAD this is a 1:1 solutions (one thin client mapped to one remote graphics card). The big gain for companies where intellectual property is critical, is security. With remote graphics and PCoIP, the data resides on the server and graphics card and never is at risk for theft (inadvertent or intentional) from the local machine. For engineering companies who do projects for government or large defense manufacturers, remote graphics give high performance, but eliminates many security issues.
The post also talks about remote management and gives and example from an Oil & Gas company using the soluiton
Based on OpenCL using AMD FirePro professional graphics cards, THEIA RT delivers true real time interaction, even on multiple screen systems and in virtual reality centers. Simply drag and drop physically correct materials and light sources to achieve immediate photorealistic representation creating time to consider multiple design variants in any environment, within any lighting scenario, day or night, all in real time.
Post #2 in the 4-part series on remote graphics for CAD, talks about how any firm with users working on 2D AutoCAD DWG drawings or medium-complexity 3D projects will be able to support four users on thin clients with a single FirePro RG220 Remote Graphics card (offers hardware-accelerated PCoIP compression) and at least one quad-core CPU server running the Parallels Workstation Extreme 4.0 hypervisor.
By implementing a remote graphics solution that is capable of supporting more than one user on zero clients, that’s fewer workstations and graphic cards a company has to buy and support.
This case study from Autodesk, talks about the Autodesk Consulting team working with AMD on the implementation and development work for the Bullet Plug-in for Maya (think cloth simulation, rigid body dynamics).
Bullet is an open source physics engine that AMD and Autodesk have jointly integrated into Maya 2012. It enables Maya users to take advantage of 3D collision, soft and rigid body dynamics to enable their work to achieve more lifelike interactions. Bullet has been used in numerous games and visual effects for many movies. Bullet is well known and highly used within the digital content creation market.
The collaboration between AMD and Autodesk brings this functionality to Maya users in a highly integrated manner, it’s all included with the Maya 2012 subscription update, no extra downloads or 3rd party software required. Nvidia has a PhysX plug-in for Maya, but it is a separate package, you get it from Nvidia, AMD solution ships as part of Maya!
The Maya plug-in supports Bullet OpenCL acceleration of cloth simulation, so users with GPUs can take full advantage of OpenCL processing power when doing cloth simulation.
This is the first release of the plug-in, additional features and functionality will be included in the 2013 release.
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