Intro to Remote Graphics - video explaining the ATI FirePro RG220 card for PC-over-IP (PCoIP)

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 27, 2010

The ATI FirePro RG220 graphics card is an integrated graphics card that includes display compression and IP transmission. It compresses dual-display graphic data at the host and outputs it over a regular IP network to a remote thin client device.

If you listen past the marketing hype, this video is actually pretty informative, describing how the card works, where it fits in, and who it will benefit. It’s a real cloud computing solution to offer serious graphics power to “thin clients”. Think small, quiet, cool, and secure. Wonder if I could use this for serious graphics on my iPad?

Are you an 3D star living in Italy? Showcase you talent to win an ATI FirePro card

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 24, 2010

Just saw this in my RSS feed from Vizworld. If you’re a designer, recent graduate, student or talented young gun in Italy, now is your chance to shine and bring your work to a wider audience. To enter the Autodesk-sponsored contest post a link to your 3D visualization or design visualization showreel in any format, along with a description under 140 characters as to why you think you’re the hottest design visualization talent around.

The grand prize winner receives a high-end ATI FirePro graphics card with the two runners up receiving mid-range FirePro cards. The contest will run from September 1st to October 1st.

New ATI FirePro card & ATI FirePro RG220 remote workstation graphics to show at IBC

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 19, 2010

AMD will give a first-look at it's latest high end graphics card (all we know is it "will expand on the FirePro V8800") at IBC (Hall 7, J30). In addition they will show the FirePro RG220 Remote Workstation Graphics card (think low-power and energy efficiency for cloud computing graphics).

FirePro technology will be shown in partner demos including with VizRT, StudioGPU, Ventuz, MainConcept, Dell, HP, Barco, The Foundry, and Planar. Highlights include:

  • HP and Dell - workstations will be available to view on the stand, including AMD support for 30-bit colour in Adobe Photoshop with the HP Dream Color monitor
  • VizRT showcasing its broadcast graphics solutions with a 12-screen video wall demo
  • StudioGPU showcasing its MachStudio Pro (version 2?) real-time 3D graphics solution

Rendering dense Formula One Racing CAD assembly files using the ATI FirePro V8800 & Eyefinity

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 19, 2010

Cosworth has more than 40 years of experience supplying engines to Formula 1, and currently works alongside four independent teams in the 2010 FIA Formula One Championship. It is critical to Cosworth’s communications strategy that they have high-quality visualizations of the engines and high-performance electronics that it supplies. These enable Cosworth engineers, customers and fans to see the complex designs in a visually clear and accurate way.

Check out the video which clearly spells out the what and why of the ATI FirePro and Eyefinity choice.

Dell also features a Case Study since these were Dell Workstations!

Tags: CAD, Hardware

ATI Stream v2.2 SDK brings full OpenCL 1.1 support using both CPU and GPU

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 12, 2010

AMD announced the release of the ATI Stream v2.2 SDK with full OpenCL 1.1 support using both CPU and GPU.  The new SDK release also delivers expanded support for operating systems, compilers, and additional hardware.

The interesting non-technical parts from the official press release: “Availability of the ATI Stream SDK v2.2 with OpenCL 1.1 support is a great example of how CPU and GPU technology continues to mature and usher in next-generation computing experiences, where voice, touch, gesture and facial recognition capabilities are common, everyday features,” said Patricia Harrell, director of Stream Computing, AMD. “The enhancements in the ATI Stream SDK v2.2 are especially important due to the support for OpenCL 1.1, which is integral to the forthcoming AMD Fusion family of APUs. These tools allow the developer community to take advantage of heterogeneous computing architectures both today and tomorrow.”

25% discount on MachStudio Pro 2 with ATI FirePro V8800 if ordered before Aug 31

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 12, 2010

I just received a StudioGPU newsletter announcing a very cool time-limited offer on MachStudio Pro. Pre-order MachStudio Pro 2 by August 31st, and get a discount of 25% on the price. You will immediately receive the current version of MachStudio Pro bundled with the ATI FirePro V8800.  You will receive MachStudio Pro 2 later this quarter when it ships.

MachStudio Pro 2  will offer native integration with Pixar RenderMan, MetaSL and mental ray support, a unified pass renderer, volumetric and global illumination and it will also fully implement DirectX 11 support for even faster GPU acceleration, tessellation and multi-threading.  This means significant performance boots on the ATI FirePro V8000.

Got to say this 25% off offer is a great deal.

Vizrt-driven 40 display video wall powered by 10 ATI FirePro V8800s to appear again at IBC 2010

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 12, 2010

The very cool 92 million pixel video wall that blew people away at SIGGRAPH 2010, will be making an appearance at IBC 2010 in the AMD booth #7.J30, according to Vizrt.

If you haven’t already heard about the wall,  hi-resolution, complex 3D animations play across 40 displays, powered by 10 ATI FirePro V8800s with Eyefinity and Viz Video Wall ER. Each display in the wall has a resolution of 1920x1200, giving a total resolution of 19200 x 4800 pixels or 92 megapixels.

The Viz Engine processes are synchronized via the ATI FirePro S400 Synchronization module (Genlock and Framelock), distributing a unique frame counter to all Viz Engines, in order to guarantee the same animation progress on all 40 displays.

The Misunderstanding - A short film presented by AMD

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 09, 2010

I’m a fan of clever videos and this is no exception.  It shows a law enforcement swat team giving a briefing about an unusual heat signature and power consumption coming from a house (this is often a sign of indoor marijuana cultivation).  After the commandos break into the house and shout at the two occupants to get on the floor,  they see a glowing green box. As they leave the room one commando then announces: “Fermi again, it is the third time this week.”  Great humor making light of Nvidia Fermi’s intrinsic heat and power issues.

ATI FirePro booth at Siggraph is packed - check out the seamless 40-monitor Eyefinity video wall

Posted by Tony DeYoung on July 28, 2010

A student/friend at Siggraph 2010 sent me some video snippets from the ATI FirePro booth.  According to his report and the video you can see here, traffic is intense.

Check out the 4 X 10 video wall at the top of the booth.  I’ve got two videos below that show it off.

This is more than 92,000,00 pixels of real time 3D (VizRT doing the rendering), powered by 10 FirePro V8800 cards sync’d together with the FirePro S400 running on 4 Colfax workstations. The solution is easy to configure and costs half the price of an Nvidia solution and uses half the number of cards.  Drool-worthy.

Autodesk 3ds Max using Eyefinity on FirePro V8800

Posted by Tony DeYoung on July 28, 2010

More from my student/friend at Siggraph 2010 shooting video:

This is 3ds Max running in truly real-time, using a single FirePro V8800 and Eyefinity mutli-display technology.  Just looks impressive.

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