‘Predators’ made using AMD Istanbul 6-core processors with ATI FirePro V8800s - opens July 9

Posted by Tony DeYoung on July 08, 2010

Rob Rodriguez of Troublemaker Studios is behind the new movie Predators, coming tomorrow July 9. Predators was made by a six-person production team each using an AMD 6-core Istanbul CPU workstation powered by an ATI FirePro V8800 GPU. TroubleMaker Studios has a history of using ATI FirePro cards to develop their work including Spy Kids sequels, Planet Terror and Sin City.

In this latest film of the Predator franchise, a group of elite warriors are brought together on an alien planet… as prey, for a new breed of alien Predators.  See the trailer below.

AMD, Dell, and Saratech joined forces at Siemens PLM Connection 2010

Posted by Tony DeYoung on July 06, 2010
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The AMD team is just back from several days at Siemens PLM Connection 2010. During the week of June 28, Dell and AMD joined forces with Saratech (the lead reseller of Siemens in North America).

Key to the exhibit was the demonstration of integrated Product Development cycle showing the complete PLM process including design to manufacturing through simulation and product data management (latest releases of NX, Teamcenter, FEMAP, and Solid Edge). The solution was showcasing Dell T5500, M6500 and R5400 remote workstation powered by ATI FirePro V7800 graphics and ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology.

HotHardware recently completed a review of the V7800 noting “On average, the V7800 consistently performed within 11% of the V8800 in both synthetic and real world benchmarks. That point alone is impressive to us, especially when you look at the cost of each card ($799 vs $1499). But it also finished ahead of the V8750 in 8 of the 11 benchmarks we ran, trumping last year’s flagship model and making it a legitimate high end workstation graphics card. Our SANDRA GPGPU testing put the V7800 ahead of the older V8750 by 65% in Compute Shader results and 40% for Stream processing performance. In many ways, the V7800 delivered and workstation professionals should take note of what ATI was able to do with a single slot cooling solution.”

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Tags: CAD, Hardware

ATI FirePro V7800,  V5800 and V4800 now offered on Dell Precision workstations

Posted by Tony DeYoung on July 06, 2010

ATI FirePro V7800, V5800 and 4800 professional graphics cards are immediately available with the Dell Precision R5400, T1500, T3500, T5500 and T7500 Workstations for design engineers and digital content creation professionals. These cards all support ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology so a single graphics card can drive up to three independent 30’ displays. They of course, also provide full support for DirectX11, OpenGL 4.0 and OpenCL.  These cards are rigorously and exactingly certified for over 90 of the leading CAD and DCC applications.

ATI FirePro with Eyefinity at PLM Conference in Shanghai, DS Partner Summit in France

Posted by Tony DeYoung on July 05, 2010
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At the 2010 DS PLM Conference, held on June 11, Shanghai, China, over 300 VIPs from China’s largest manufacturing companies came to view ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology on the new FirePro line and embrace the conference tag line “Bring Innovation to Life with 3D”.

William Xia, Sr. of AMD presented the clsoing speech covering ATI FirePro solutions.

AMD is very strongly positioned in the PLM space. Check out the recent PLM MarketPlace blog regarding the a realistic 3D interactive view of a city using 3DVIA with a single ATI FirePro card driving 6 displays using Eyefinity technology.

Below is a video of 3DVia bringing a city to life using Eyefinity technology running on a single ATI FirePro V8800 at the DS 2010 Partner Summit (SwYm Conference).

MachStudio Pro now ships with the ATI FirePro V8800

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 30, 2010
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MachStudio Pro v1.4 is now available in North America for $3,999 (USD) or bundled with the ATI FirePro V8800 3D workstation graphics card for $4,999 (USD).  Previously the bundle included the ATI FirePro V8750, so moving to the FirePro V8800 is a significant upgrade in performance with no upgrade in price.

MachStudio Pro allows artists, designers, engineers, directors, and technical directors (TDs) to work with 3D lighting, camera views and multi-point perspectives in an interactive non-linear fashion for real-time high-fidelity views as they will appear in the final rendered format.  When paired with MachStudio Pro software, artists can take advantage of real-time performance and features exclusive to ATI graphics such as real-time displacement mapping using hardware tessellation.

If you already own an ATI FirePro card, particularly the DX11-optimized new FirePro line (V4800, V5800, V7800 or V8800) or even a high-performance Radeon HD 5870, you can download a free 30-day trial, full-featured copy of MachStudio Pro and test it out .

Fusion 6.1 compositing software uses OpenCL and ATI GPU acceleration for renderer

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 30, 2010

Fusion 6.1 is the next generation of eyeon’s compositing application. It adds support for OpenCL on ATI FirePro graphics cards (Nvidia as well)  to enable improvements as much as 1000% on some of the most processor intensive tools in Fusion (e.g. Defocus, Noise generators), as well as re-lighting, depth of field, motion blur and HDRI rendering. The high-speed GPU render outputs multiple layer types for later compositing.  I have not actually tested this new GPU-accelerated release, but it sounds interesting. Also see MachStudio Pro which I have tested.  MSP is currently Windows only and uses DirectCompute rather than OpenCL.

How Do You Measure the Growth of the Cloud?

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 24, 2010

I just read an AMD blog on the growth of cloud computing and just how fast the explosion in digital data really is.  This revolution dramatically change the demands on servers.  They need to balance:
- cost
- performance
- I/O capabilities
- low energy consumption
- hardware-assisted virtualization

From the blog: “The explosion of digital data is fundamentally changing the dynamics of how servers are built, bought and deployed. The days of just throwing “raw” performance at the problem are long gone and the era of efficient computing with servers that balance price, performance and power is officially upon us. AMD’s answer to this challenge – the AMD Opteron 4000 and 6000 Series platforms.”

AMD has also created a little video which details out just how fast cloud growth is and how you measure it. It is actually pretty interesting and worth a watch.

AMD FireStream 9350 and 9370 GPU compute co-processors double performance

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 23, 2010
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The industry-leading Cypress GPUs (in the Radeon 5870 and new FirePro line) have made their way into AMD’s FireStream GPU co-processors. These “compute accelerators” are intended for highly parallel, compute-intensive workloads in scientific, financial and academic arenas.  Unlike the discrete FirePro/Radeon graphics cards, the FireStream compute accelerators use a passive heat sink so they can slide into rack mounted HPC servers and expansion systems for x64 systems.

From the press release: The AMD FireStream 9350 delivers 2.0 TFLOPS of single precision performance and 400 GFLOPS of double precision floating point performance in a single-slot, 150W solution with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, enabling breakthrough compute density (almost double the previous generation). The AMD FireStream 9370 delivers up to 2.64 TFLOPS of single precision performance and 528 GFLOPS of double-precision performance, and includes 4GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory, at a maximum board power of 225 watts. In addition, the AMD FireStream 9350 and 9370 both support leading industry standard application interfaces, including OpenCL, DirectX 11 and OpenGL.

The FireStream boards are AMD’s higher performance answer to Nvidia’s Tesla Fermi-based co-processors.  The higher floating-point performance aside, with the FireStream, AMD is also focused on delivering a solution based on open standards like OpenCL rather than the proprietary solutions like Cuda.

Tags: GPGPU, OpenCL

MachStudio Pro V1.4 free 30 day trial - test it out on the new ATI FirePro line

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 22, 2010
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StudioGPU is now offering a Free 30-Day Trial of MachStudio Pro for Windows PC users.

“See how MachStudio Pro can help you explore and refine your creative options in real-time in full cinematic quality within a true non-linear 3D environment. This 30 day trial is a full featured version of MachStudio Pro and has absolutely no financial obligation or commitment.”

If you have an ATI FirePro card, particularly the DX11-optimized new FirePro line (V4800, V5800, V7800 or V8800) or even a high-performance Radeon HD 5870, this is a great opportunity to check out how MachStudio Pro performs for your CG animation, design or architectural visualization workflow.

Tags: MachStudio

Large scale visualization using 3DVIA on FirePro V8800 using Eyefinity - Laval Virtual 2010

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 21, 2010

At this year’s Laval Virtual 2010 virtual reality conference, Dessault’s 3DVia was shown running on a hi-def system powered by an ATI FirePro V8800 using Eyefinity technology. As noted by the presenter, Eyefinity multi-display technology with full OpenGL 4/DX11 capabilities completely changes the way people deploy large scale visualizations - making it simple to deploy and maintain.

Tags: Eyefinity
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