Another in the series of Newegg videos, focused on giving an overview of the AMD FirePro W8000 for CAD and CAE. This is basically an unboxing video and is the next best thing to having a card in your hand and doing the unboxing yourself.
Below are also similar unboxing videos for the AMD FirePro W7000 and FirePro W9000
Today at GDC, AMD introduced the Radeon Sky Graphics series for cloud-based gaming services. These cards will form the backbone of AMD's cloud platform that streams games using services that include CiiNow, G-Cluster, Otoy and Ubitus to PCs, Smart TVs, tablets and mobile devices.
The goal is to bring the quality and performance of the current Radeon gaming experience to streaming game services in the cloud.
Radeon Sky Series graphics cards can support up to six HD (720p) game streams each, where each of the six game streams supports up to 30 frames per second. Integral to this is the AMD RapidFire technology - a combination of hardware and software that enables cloud gaming partners to use an open API that simplifies the manipulation of key hardware controls to provide HD visual quality, minimal latency and optimal network bandwidth.
The top-of-the-line Sky 900 model sport dual-GPUs, 6GB of GDDR5 memory, 3,584 stream processors and a memory bandwidth of 480GB/sec.
The Radeon Sky 700 is a dual slot card with 1,792 stream processors, 6GB of GDDR5 memory with 264GB/s bandwidth.
The Radeon Sky 500 is be a single slot card with 1,280 stream processors, 4GB of GDDR5 memory with 154GB/s bandwidth.
Now what might not have been so obvious from the press release is that these are AMD FirePro Server graphics cards, tweaked and tailored for cloud gaming, data center hosting (passively cooled) and Radeon gaming performance drivers.. If you recall, 8 FirePro S10000s (the Sky 900 equivalent) set a record as the fastest multi-GPU compute server with 8 TFLOPS of real world double precision computing performance. Now imagine this tailored and optimized for cloud gaming.
Adtech Global worked with AMD FirePro to develop a High Speed Cluster solution based on GPGPU technology to support efforts in quantum chromodynamics research for the King Abdualziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS).
ACST and FIAS were striving to not only maximize performance, but also to optimize this performance for thermal dissipation and power draw efficiency. The challenge in building a supercomputer is no longer the money you’re willing to spend on processors. The challenge now lies within getting enough power and cooling to the supercomputer itself. The SANAM supercomputer was able to break these barriers. It is currently the world’s No. 52 most powerful supercomputer, and the world’s 2nd most power-efficient supercomputer.
Critical to the power efficiency was the use of (420) AMD FirePro S10000 dual-GPU server graphics cards. The SANAM supercomputer is capable of sustaining 421.2 TFLOPS, providing a system energy efficiency of over 2.3 GFLOPS per watt and performing 2,351 million calculations per second per watt.
The video below gives a really insightful tour of the collaboration between Adtech and AMD, as well as some clear visuals on the actual SANAM supercomputer. You can also read the case study which details the custom computing solution they implemented with the help of Adtech Global.
King Abdualziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, along with Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), needed to develop a High Speed Cluster solution based on GPGPU technology to support efforts in quantum chromodynamics research. ACST and FIAS were striving to not only maximize performance, but also to optimize this performance for thermal dissipation and power draw efficiency. This case study details the custom computing solution they implemented with the help of Adtech Global.
Powered by 420 AMD FirePro S10000 dual-GPU server graphics cards, 4.8 thousand of Intel Xeon E5-2650 (8 cores, 2.0GHz) microprocessors and infinaband connectivity, the SANAM supercomputer is capable of sustaining 421.2 TFLOPS, providing a system energy efficiency of over 2.3 GFLOPS per watt and performing 2,351 million calculations per second per watt. The SANAM supercomputer represents a shift from determining performance through FLOPS to focusing on eco-conscious measurements like performance-per-watt. SANAM is currently the world’s No. 52 most powerful supercomputer, and the world’s 2nd most power-efficient supercomputer.
The new PCoIP AMD FirePro R5000 remote graphics card allow users to work on graphic-intensive workloads on their local machine, across multiple displays, while the actual data stays securely on the server. It’s AMD’s second generation remote graphics product, offering significantly more performance than the RG220 it displaces. If offers
unmatched application responsiveness over IP for professionals working with complex models, large data sets, high resolution imagery or video - on par with desktop workstations.
The FirePro R5000 card is a single-slot FH/FL (11.5”) actively cooled, low power card that combines a FirePro W5000-class GPU with a Teradici hardware-based PCoIP host processor that on-the-fly compresses the video from the GPU, supports USB and HD audio bridging, and then encrypts and transmits these over the IP network. The remote user connects through a gigabit ethernet port or wirelessly. The Eyefinity capable card is capable of supporting up to four 1920x12090 displays or two 2560X1600 displays.
The goal of the R5000 remote computing solution is to provides robust, secure and manageable systems for employees working in engineering, design, animation, financial services or medical imaging.
This is the first video capture of the prototype AMD FirePro APU tablet. In this demo, the professional Z-60 APU tablet (Fujitsu) is running Windows 8 and a full version of SolidWorks 2013. Note the full touch and stylus control with real time, no-compromise rendering and manipulation performance.
AMD today announced the AMD FirePro W5000 DVI designed to support a variety of medical imaging workflows.
The card can drive up to two 5MP displays independently or combined, or a drive a single 10MP display with dual input connectors as a single large desktop. It supports 10-bit and 12-bit grayscale 2D output,for up to 1,024 shades of gray (CT and XRay images), 2560 x 2048 resolution (in packed pixel mode), while also delivering high performance 3D acceleration.
Summary of key features:
Features double the memory and up to 2.5 times the memory bandwidth of the competing midrange solution (Nvidia Quadro 2000/2000D)
Drive two 5MP displays independently or combined, or a single 10MP display with dual input connectors as a single large desktop
Intelligent power saving and monitoring technologies for higher performance, including AMD Power Tune and AMD ZeroCore Power
10-bit support enables up to 1,024 different shades of grey, helping to reveal subtle nuances
Combine with a 10-bit display to achieve "real world" colors that help enable accurate diagnoses
Compatible with diagnostic imaging displays and workstations from leading vendors
The FirePro W5000 is the same card that is getting strong reviews in the CAD world for it's bar-setting price/performance.
This blog on CADspeed asks the question: Who needs ECC memory and what is its role in professional & CAD workstation computing?
What triggered the question was an article that stated: “Corrupted data can impact every aspect of your business, and worse yet you may not even realize your data has become corrupted. Error-correcting code (ECC) memory detects and corrects the more common kinds of internal data corruption.”
Cosmic rays are the cause of this single-bit corruption. So the blog asks if the threat of cosmic ray-induced errors is really something to be worried about or is it just FUD (fear uncertainty doubt) marketing to upsell hardware and make products sound more valuable than they really are?
Quick cut to the chase from the article:
Even very beefy PC CAD workstation configurations with loads of RAM on board, you are probably not at imminent risk from problems caused by cosmic ray strikes and the resulting single bit errors. Over the course of your work, you are much more likely to endure system crashes or application hangs dues to failing components, power fluctuations and software bugs than due to cosmic ray strikes.
That said, nany leading technology manufacturers are enabling their high-end products with ECC memory for compute-heavy (especially clustered supercomputing) applications where the benefits of using error correcting memory outweigh any comparative speed/cost drawbacks. AMD for example, has engineered their new AMD FirePro W9000, FirePro W8000 and FirePro S9000 ultra-high-end GPU cards to include ECC memory which can selectively be enabled by the end user and used for many advanced computing purposes where rock-solid stability and protection from space rays is crucial.
The Gavin Gear from the Extreme Windows blog recently got the chance to use an HP 8770w mobile workstation with AMD FirePro M4000 graphics, for a variety of tasks. He summarizes his experiences in this post.
As announced back in December, the latest v1.6 release of MARI 3D digital painting software adds support for the AMD FirePro W7000, W8000 and W9000 cards.
Digital Media World has an article describing in more detail how AMD and The Foundry worked to optimize the AMD FirePro drivers to specifically enhance shader performance in MARI for effects and layers, as well as support real-time 3D shader preview for specular highlights, displacement preview via bump mapping, ambient occlusion, layer blending modes and color correction.
Delivering real-time visual effects require detailed memory management to make sure the application does not run out of graphics memory and the shaders cacan be calculated in the background in real-time.
This article is a really interesting read because it goes into some detail on how the FirePro team works with DCC software developers to take advantage of the untapped potential of the FirePro hardware. It is a clear example of going beyond simple speeds and feeds benchmarks to instead focus on the user experience within a real application (aka provide real value).
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