Entries tagged as: Hardware

Devil Ears at NAB help create awareness for Silverdraft Ultra Workstation with AMD FirePro W9100

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 09, 2014

If you are at NAB 2014 you might have noticed a lot of people running around with Devil ears. This is a campaign to create awareness for the Devil Supercomputer, a Silverdraft Ultra Workstation with up to 4 AMD FirePro W9100 GPUs, 896 GB RAM, 6.4 TB SSD and 56MB InfiniBand connect.

Show attendees vist the Silverdraft booth OE1358 and grab a pair of Devil ears. They then go to the AMD FirePro booth to pose for a picture.  They tweet or Facebook that picture with hashtags #AMDFirePro #Silverdraft and #NABShow. Each posting/tweet gets earns then a raffle ticket for a cool prize.

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FirePro W9100 + Davinci Resolve + Fusion-io + LumaForge: worlds fastest 4K video workstation at NAB

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 31, 2014
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At the NAB AMD Firepro booth (SL10405), LumaForge will be demonstrating an ‘ULTRA RAWpower’ finishing workstation that integrates Blackmagic Design’s 4K video input and output breakout boxes, DaVinci Resolve color correction system, low latency Fusion-io ioFX memory tier and the AMD FirePro W9100 for the delivery and processing of multiple streams of 4K Ultra HD video.  The new workstation is easily able to handle the 2400 MB/s data throughput required for processing 4K 10bit DPX files at 23.98 frames per second. 

CEO of LumaForge, Neil Smith:  “At NAB 2014, the M&E industry will take the 4K wave to the next level of adoption and deployment. To meet the demanding requirements of 4K acquisition, processing and delivery, LumaForge will demonstrate the ‘ULTRA RAWpower’ digital creation and finishing workstation. At the core of this high-performance 4K video engine is the OpenCL-enabled FirePro W9100. The advanced AMD FirePro technology was the obvious choice when we were designing the best-in-breed 4K DaVinci Resolve finishing workstation.”

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AMD FirePro W9100 - 16GB GDDR5 memory, 2TFLOPS DP, 5 TFLOPS compute,  6 4k displays

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 26, 2014

Today AMD announced the AMD FirePro flagship workstation graphics card, the FirePro W9100.
I’m going to post some of the slide graphics.  They tell most of the story. Suffice it to say, that this is the highest performing card in the industry and will completely change the way media professionals are able to work. It’s a new GPU for a new era of content creation & productivity.

You can view the full webcast at http://www.media-server.com/m/go/AMDFirePro.

AMD also announced AMD FirePro Ultra Workstation program for system integrators - AMD’s new branded high-end workstation from 1GPU to 4GPU.  BoxxTech, Supermicro, Silverdraft and others have already signed up to deliver solutions.

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Tags: 4K, Hardware

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

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 10, 2014
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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.

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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.

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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).

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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
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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.

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