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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

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.

Dell Precision R7610 2U rackmount and desktop Precision T1700 workstations feature AMD FirePro

Posted by Tony DeYoung on May 16, 2013

Dell announced two new Precision workstation:  the small form factor (SFF) Precision T1700 (also available in a larger mini tower model)  and the Precision R7610 2U rackmount.  CADplace has a good overview article “Dell Precision Workstations go to the extremes : the extremely powerful Precision R7610 rack workstation & the extremely small Precision T1700”.

The SFF tower (about 30% smaller in size than competitor products) supports the AMD FirePro 2270, while the mini tower support graphics cards that can draw up to 150 watts of power for the creation of mid-tier 3D content.

Dell’s Precision R7610 Rack Workstation is the worlds fastest 2U rack system. One rack workstation with 4 AMD FirePro GPUs (e.g.  FirePro W5000)  can service 4 users simultaneously, working on very demanding graphics tasks, on-site or in different locations.

Video of the World’s First Gigapixel Resolution Display - the Reality Deck

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 03, 2013

Great video explaining and showing Stony Brook University’s Reality Deck. This is the world’s first gigapixel display, comprising more than 1.5 billion pixels using 416 HD monitors and 72 AMD FirePro graphics cards, and 18 AMD FirePro S400 cards syncing video signals to create one contiguous display.

This blog gives some of the details:  “In total, 416 Samsung S27A850D LED monitors were used, each running at a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. To drive this many monitors, 72 AMD FirePro graphics cards were divided amongst 18 computer systems, or nodes, and each node fitted with an AMD FirePro S400 sync module to synchronize the output across all graphics cards and systems. Each AMD FirePro graphics card fed six monitors, and each node housed four AMD FirePro graphics cards.

Newegg TV: AMD FirePro W8000 4GB Workstation Graphics Card Overview

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 28, 2013

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



Tags: Hardware

What you didn’t know about the new Radeon Sky 900 for cloud gaming - FirePro Server tech inside

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 27, 2013

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 Radeon Sky series includes a trio of enterprise-grade graphics cards:

  • 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.

Also see the AMD Unified Gaming Strategy Press Release and GDC Radeon Sky Series slide presentation (pdf).

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