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Entry level ISV-certified Dell M2800 mobile workstations w/ AMD FirePro graphics

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 10, 2014

The new Dell M2800 15” mobile workstation is aimed at cost-sensitive customers who require workstation levels of certification with performance, particularly for mission-critical applications.

Dell will offer the M2800 with mobile Haswell Core i5 and Core i7 quad-core processors, FirePro W4170M graphics with 2GB GDDR5, 6 compute units and 384 stream processors, up to 1 TB of storage and up to 16GB of system memory. Screen resolutions will be available in HD and FHD (1920 x 1080), along with external multi-monitor support.  Starting price is $1199!

“Prior to the Dell Precision M2800 many AutoCAD users were running their software on a non-professional workstation due to budgetary constraints,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD products, Autodesk. “Now our customers will be able to upgrade to a workstation-class system that has been tested, optimized and certified for AutoCAD, increasing performance for minimal cost.”

Mac Pro demoed at AMD press conference with dual FirePro GPUs and up to 7 TFLOPS computing power

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 07, 2014

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.



Barco MXRT-7500 high-end 4-head display controller for medical imaging based on AMD FirePro W7000

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 03, 2013

The newly announced Barco MXRT-7500 is a high-end display controller for medical imaging. It uses the AMD FirePro W7000 core and adds medical imaging specific driver enhancements. Specifically the MXRT-7500 uses PCIe 3.0 and can drive up to four full resolution displays attached via DisplayPort 1.2 for ultra-fast loading of medical images and large datasets. The drivers are optimized to work with Barco’s Nio and Coronis display products (e.g. the new Coronis 6MP diagnostic color display system with LED backlights) as well as its MediCal QAWeb software solution and the leading PACS (picture archiving and communications system) applications.

Compared to the previous generation, the MXRT-7500 achieves, on average, a 34% performance improvement on 2D benchmarks, a 28% improvement on OpenGL 3D benchmarks, and a 40% improvement on DirectX 3D benchmarks.


Magnetar T25 workstation with AMD FirePro S10000 - ideal machine for GPU Compute, HPC, 3D rendering

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 02, 2013

Armari Ltd has just released the new Magnetar T25 workstation with AMD FirePro S10000.  The high performance workstation is an ultimate OpenCL developer or application server system.  If interested, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).




AMD FirePro S10K 12 GB Edition at SC13 - up to 3 times faster performance

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 20, 2013

From Supercomputing 2013, the Glen Mathews of the AMD FirePro team talks about the new passively cooled server GPU, the FirePro S10K 12 GB Edition, with up to 3 times greater performance than the previous 6GB model.

Also at the show is a large focus on OpenCL, particularly with Apple’s Mac Pro announcement using dual AMD FirePro GPUs.

AMD FirePro S10000 Passively Cooled Server Graphics Card with 12GB memory

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 14, 2013

The new AMD FirePro S10000 12GB Edition is the world’s first server graphics card to feature 12GB of memory. Announced just in time for next week’s SC13, the card is designed for ‘big data’ high-performance computing (HPC) workloads delivering the highest peak single and double precision floating point performance in a single server graphics card product. It fully supports PCIe 3.0, ECC memory and DirectGMA.

With this card, memory hungry applications can now take advantage of the GPU for compute workloads and OpenCL acceleration. Each of the 56 Compute Units on the 12GB Edition (28 per GPU) are designed to handle two compute and one graphics operation at the same time, enabling independent scheduling and work item dispatch for more efficient multi-tasking.

Performance benefits will also accrue to applications that require high-speed, high capacity video memory such as Genetic Sequencing, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Structural Mechanics, Numeral Analytics, Reservoir Simulation, Automated Reasoning, and Weather Forecasting.

Importantly the GPU features passive cooling for high-density datacenter computing integration. You can see the AMD FirePro S10000 12GB at Supercomputing 13, booth #1113. The card is slated for general availability in spring 2014. 

AMD FirePro GPUs can consume and process data as fast as Fusion-io can supply it

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 01, 2013

The processing power of AMD FirePro W-series GPUs basically means they can keep up with data as fast as it can be fed to them. If you are feeding 4K data to the GPU from spinning hard disks or even SSDs, the GPU will be waiting for data transfer and not performing at its full capacity.  That is where Fusion-io app technology comes in - Interview from IBC 2013.

Passively cooled AMD FirePro S10000 Dual GPU Server graphics card from Sapphire

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 14, 2013

Sapphire has released a passively-cooled AMD FirePro S10000 Dual GPU server graphics card. The card delivers up to 5.91 TFLOPS of single precision and up to 1.48 TFLOPS of double precision floating point performance, able to handle 2 compute & 1 graphics operation simultaneously.  But unlike earlier active fan cooled versions, this version is ideal for high density datacenter computing.(See TechNationNews for more.

The S10000 Passive is compatible with leading hypervisor technologies from Citrix, VMware and Microsoft, features 6GB of memory and AMD RapidFire technology to ensure low latency, high performance computing experiences, and its dual-GPU design helps to maximize deployment density.

You might also be interested in the story Comparing the AMD FirePro S10000 to the Nvidia Tesla K10, K20 and K20X.

HP ZBook 14 Mobile Workstation uses AMD FirePro M4100 graphics

Posted by Tony DeYoung on September 10, 2013

It’s that time of year for hardware updates and today HP announced the worlds first UltraBook mobile workstation, the HP ZBook 14 It will feature AMD FirePro M4100 professional graphics an optional touch panel. The 15” and 17” ZBook will also include Intel Thunderbolt connectivity ports.

The FirePro M4100 is notable for:

  • Full OpenCL support in applications such as Maya, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Sony Vega Pro, etc
  • Performance supported by high-quality software drivers finely tuned to work optimally with leading applications in media and entertainment as well as CAD/CAM/CAE
  • AMD’s Enduro power management technology to optimize battery life. The power features are inherently dynamic, delivering instant performance when needed and adjusting GPU requirements when in idle mode.

“As the world becomes more mobile, HP’s challenge is to continue to provide reliable, high-performance technology that professionals can take anywhere,” said Jeff Wood, vice president, Worldwide Product Management, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. “When combined with professional graphics from AMD, the addition of the HP ZBook 14 to our industry-leading line of Z Workstations provides professionals with reliable workstation performance in a thin and light form factor.”

Tags: CAD, Hardware

New Dell Precision desktop and mobile workstations powered by AMD FirePro supporting OpenCL

Posted by Tony DeYoung on September 09, 2013

Dell today announced its new workstation portfolio featuring 4th gen Haswell Core i5 and i7 for mobile workstations (M4800 and M6800) and Xeon CPUs for towers (T5610 and T7610) each with the latest AMD FirePro graphics.

This AMD FirePro professional graphics and Dell Precision workstations blog  describes how AMD has worked closely with Dell to create exceptional mobile workstations with full support for OpenCL.  Now even mobile system can deliver massive compute performance for applications that leverage massively parallel graphics processor acceleration, speeding up application performance and enabling new features.

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