Entries tagged as: Just Plain Cool

Siemens PLM accelerated by AMD FirePro on U-Touch collaborative table top touch screens

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 03, 2014

Very cool demo explaining Siemens PLM Software collaboration using U-Touch large format tabletop touch screens accelerated by AMD FirePro and Dell workstations. Using these technologies, more stakeholders can be involved and interact with the PLM information to be able to move the design forward - greater productivity with enhanced user experience. Rendering the digital mockups of massive assemblies combined with massive displays and real-time manipulation gives confidence in the design solution before putting it to the shop floor to manufacture a prototype.

Bollywood director describes collaboration w/ AMD FirePro to create Indian epic film Baahubali

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 20, 2014

Bollywood film director SS Rajamouli describes the making of the Indian epic Telugu film Baahubali (coming in 2015) and how collaboration with AMD using FirePro technology enables him to translate influential comic book stories into a hi-fidelity film.  Machete VFX and ArkaMedia also chime in. The technology enables real-time rendering and real-time simulation to create the grandeur required for this VFX-oriented film. 

Barco Coronis Uniti - 1 display for both PACS and mammography - powered by AMD FirePro W7000

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 16, 2014

66% of radiologists want to see colors and grays on the same screen, with 84% of US radiologists reading both digital mammography and color PACS. Barco decided it was time to unify the workflow.  The new Barco Coronis Uniti is the world’s only display explicitly designed for PACS and breast imaging. 

The display is powered by the AMD FirePro W7000 to render rich content, while enabling fast-paced, dynamic and 3D medical imaging. This means the 12MP display display can deliver CT moving images, ultrasound, MRI/PET scans, multi-frame mammography, and digital breast tomosynthesis.  The Coronis Uniti display is also calibrated to meet the DICOM standard for grayscales, and to guarantee consistent, perceptually linear color. AMD has been Barco‚Äôs exclusive partner in medical imaging for more than 10 years!

Checkout the screen shots and the video below and see why people in medical imaging are so excited.



AMD FirePro contributes to the Open Source VFX movie project: Galactic Battles

Posted by Tony DeYoung on September 30, 2014

Galactic Battles is an open-source visual effects project to create a CG battle of epic proportions by pitting some of the most iconic Sci-Fi space ships against one another in an inter-galactic fight to the death as a short 15 min film with a real story line. Models being used include ships from Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Eve Online, and the Halo franchises.

AMD contributed a FirePro W7000 card to help render the scenes, some of which can exceed 20 million polygons. Software includes Maya for modeling, animation and rigging, Houdini for explosions and NUKE (NUKE 9 is OpenCL-accelerated) for post production.

See the trailer below:

Can’t make it to SIGGRAPH? Check out these video demos: Lumiscaphe, Cintoo 3D, Ray Tracing Prototype

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 14, 2014

This year’s SIGGRAPH is amazing in terms of the demos. If you weren’t able to attend the show or make it to the AMD FirePro booth, below are 3 videos demonstrating a few of the remarkable technologies enabled by OpenGL and OpenCL running on AMD FirePro W8100 and W9100s. I have to note that each of these demos blew me away.  This is leaps and bounds beyond what I saw last year.

Lumiscaphe P3D Design 50 fps photorealistic rendering using AMD FirePro W9100
It looks like a video playing on screen but it is actually a real-time 50 fps photorealistic rendering of a 4.1 million polygon model using P3D Design V6 running on an AMD FirePro W9100.

Cintoo 3D SmartMesh compression/decompression of massive 3D models on AMD FirePro using OpenCL
Cintoo 3D SmartMesh running on AMD FirePro W8100 using OpenCL to process 3D massive data in real-me. This example shows a 20 million triangles model with 20 GB texture compressed 1:50 and decompressed on the fly.

Ray tracer renderer proof of concept demo using OpenCL running on 4 AMD FirePro W8100s
AMD’s Takahiro Harada shows a path rendering / ray tracing demo using a prototype Maya 2015 plugin, targeting accelerated adoption of OpenCL 2.0 in advanced photorealistic rendering engines running on 4 AMD FirePro W8100.


The future of entertainment:  Immersive holograms from OTOY streamed via the cloud

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 11, 2014

AMD FirePro STREAM technology partner OTOY, today announced a holographic video pipeline for content creators, including the world’s first portable 360 holographic capture system and a cloud-based pipeline for creating and deploying holographic media to mobile devices and virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift . In 2015 OTOY will bring to market, commercial freestanding volumetric holographic displays.

OTOY’s end-to-end pipeline brings together several technologies to produce a video with true-to-life image quality that can be navigated and explored from any angle, otherwise known as holographic video. Rod Roddenberry: “OTOY is making my father’s vision of the Star Trek Holodeck a practical reality in our lifetime.”

The holographic video pipeline and display will be demoed in the AMD FirePro booth 1023 at SIGGRAPH 2014 (see theater schedule).

Photorealistic rendering at 4K in real-time using Lumiscaphe P3D on AMD FirePro at SIGGRAPH

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 06, 2014

At this year’s AMD FirePro SIGGRAPH booth 1023, Lumiscaphe will be demoing real-time rendering of complex photorealistic scenes at 4K using P3D running on HP workstation equipped with an AMD FirePro W9100.  So just how impressive is this?

Check out the screen grabs below (scaled to 18% of original size and jpg compressed) of the images that were rendered in real-time at 4K.  These images can be rendered and manipulated at 30-40 FPS at full 4K resolution using the AMD FirePro W9100. This will be a demo worth seeing live!

(View the 4.1 million triangle model at 4K albeit jpg compressed)

(View at 4K albeit jpg compressed)

(View at 4K albeit jpg compressed)


Monsters in the Orchestra: A Surround Computing VR Experience using AMD tech

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 04, 2014

Monsters in the Orchestra is an interactive and immersive demonstration of surround computing as experienced in a VR environment. Participants are immersed in a stereoscopic world of monsters playing real-world instruments with positional audio and 3D x 360-degree gesture control.

At Siggraph 2014, participants will be immersed in the same experience using virtual reality headsets, such as the new Morpheus VR head-gear from Sony, with 3D spatialized audio delivered to each participant using stereo headphones.




Up to 50% off your first AMD FirePro W8100 or W9100

Posted by Tony DeYoung on July 21, 2014

If you’ve been drooling over the new AMD FirePro W8100 or W9100 cards, now it the time to take advantage of a 50% off offer on your first card.

Step 1)  Register for an pre-approval code
Step 2)  Find an AMD FirePro approved reseller
Step 2)  Claim your promotional cash back


CityEngine for designing sustainable cities to show at ESRI conference, driven by AMD FirePro W9100

Posted by Tony DeYoung on July 09, 2014

The ESRI User Conference opens in 5 days and one of the hot demos there will be sustainable urban planning, architecture, and design using CityEngine which has been certified for the AMD FirePro W9100. 

At booth 1401 at the conference, HP will be showcasing the largest publicly available CityEngine dataset as an example of how to build smart 3D cities in and view every detail in stunning 4K. The fluid, real-time display of these huge data sets with numerous textures will be driven by the W9100s extreme compute performance and 16GB of memory.  The W9100 also enables antialiasing, screen space ambient occlusion and shadows, all across up to 6 displays, each at 4K resolution.


Check out the video below, and then think about this in 4K resolution.  If you are going to the ESRI User Conference, take some pics and send to me!

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