Entries tagged as: OpenCL

IWOCL OpenCL tutorial attendees get hands on with HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 server + AMD FirePro S9150

Posted by Tony DeYoung on May 05, 2015
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The International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) is an annual meeting of OpenCL users, researchers, developers and suppliers to share OpenCL best practise, and to promote the evolution and advancement of the OpenCL standard.

At the upcoming Advanced Hands-On OpenCL Tutorial attendees will be able use their own laptops (Windows, Linux or OS/X) to log onto the HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 server powered by an AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU running OpenCL 2.0.

The tutorial will use a mix of OpenCL’s C and C++ host APIs and focus on more advanced OpenCL concepts. The format will be a 50/50 split between lectures and exercises. Attendees will need to use their own laptops (Windows, Linux or OS/X) and either run locally or and log into the HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 server powered by an AMD FirePro S9150.

Tags: Events, OpenCL

Post Magazine interviews AMD FirePro about what was announced at NAB 2015

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 22, 2015

This out-take video from Post Magazine shows a clip from an interview with AMD FirePro’s Melanie Ball about what was exciting and new at NAB 2015.

Melanie talks about the collaboration partnership with Avid for Media Composer, which is now supporting AMD FirePro on Mac and Windows, as well as with The Pixel Farm for its OpenCL-acceleartd PFTrack software.  She also describes OpenCL acceleration in Black Magic Davinci Resolve. The full interview can be viewed at http://www.postmagazine.com/Video-Center/NAB/PostTV-2015-AMD.aspx.

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Advanced Hands On OpenCL Tutorial at IWOCL sponsored by AMD FirePro and HP

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 21, 2015
imageAMD FirePro and HP will sponsor the Advanced Hands On OpenCL Tutorial at the International Workshop on OpenCL 2015, May 11, 2015 at Stanford University.

In this advanced, hands-on tutorial, we assume the attendee is already familiar with OpenCL, and has probably written at least one OpenCL program. The tutorial will focus on more advanced OpenCL concepts, such as:

  • Shipping kernel code,
  • Portable binaries with SPIR
  • OpenCL kernel compiler options
  • Kernel metaprogramming
  • Optimised host-device communications
  • Using multiple OpenCL devices
  • Performance portability
  • Coalesced memory accesses
  • Tuning work-group sizes
  • Vectorisation
  • OpenCL / OpenGL interoperability
  • The OpenCL ecosystem:
    • OpenCL 2.0 and future versions
    • OpenCL SPIR
    • OpenCL SYCL
    • OpenCL libraries
    • Other OpenCL resources

The tutorial will use a mix of OpenCL’s C and C++ host APIs. The format will be a 50/50 split between lectures and exercises. Attendees will need to use their own laptops (Windows, Linux or OS/X) and log into a remote server running an OpenCL platform. Alternatively, students can load OpenCL onto their own laptops prior to the course (Intel, AMD and NVIDIA provide OpenCL SDKs. Apple laptops with X-code include OpenCL by default. Be sure to configure X-code to use the command line interface).

The International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) is an annual meeting of OpenCL users, researchers, developers and suppliers to share OpenCL best practise, and to promote the evolution and advancement of the Khronos OpenCL standard.

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PFTrack Camera tracking, Match Moving GPU accelerated using OpenCL on AMD FirePro at NAB 2015

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 14, 2015

At the AMD FirePro booth at NAB 2015, Pixel Farm is demoing PFTrack, their OpenCL accelerated solution for Camera Tracking, Match Moving and Scene integration layout for high end visual FX.

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AMD FirePro S9150 delivers fastest parallel computing benchmark SPEC-ACCEL OpenACC

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 19, 2015
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The SPEC ACCEL benchmark tests performance with a suite of computationally intensive parallel applications running under OpenACC. PathScale used their ENZO 2015 compiler to create an OpenACC executable and ran it on an AMD FirePro S9150.
The result:  The code running on an AMD FirePro S9150 delivered the fastest parallel computing solution compared to the previous SPEC ACCEL leader, the PGI 14.2 compiler suite generating code for an NVIDIA K40c.

See full report at “PathScale Reports Highest SPEC-ACCEL OpenACC Results Using AMD FirePro S9150 GPU.

AMD FirePro S9150 supports intense compute workloads on HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Servers

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 26, 2015
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Today AMD officially announced that the AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU is now available on the HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9, the world’s best-selling server. This combination targets a variety of specialized applications including Academic and Government clusters, Oil and Gas research, and Deep Neural Networks. 

If you don’t recall, the AMD FirePro S9150  is the GPU that powered the most energy efficient supercomputer in the Green500). A single card breaks the 2.0 TFLOPS double precision barrier. With 16GB of GDDR5 memory and maximum power consumption of 235 watts, AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs provide massive compute performance while helping maximize available power budgets.

Tags: HP, OpenCL

OpenCL-based Bullet physics engine creator to receive technical Oscar at the Academy Awards

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 16, 2015
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the creator of the OpenCL-based Bullet physics engine, Erwin Coumans, will be honored with an Academy Technical Achievement Award.

The Oscar for Technical Achievement award goes to Erwin Coumans for the development of the Bullet physics library, and to Nafees Bin Zafar and Stephen Marshall for the separate development of two large-scale destruction simulation systems based on Bullet. These pioneering systems demonstrated that large numbers of constrained rigid bodies could be used to animate visually complex, believable destruction effects with minimal simulation time.

Unlike other Academy Awards to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2014. Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.

Congrats to Erwin!, former Principal Physics Engineer at AMD where he lead the Bullet physics engine development, created an OpenCL rigid body pipeline running entirely on GPU and helped incorporate Bullet into a Siemens simulation software package and into Autodesk Maya.Effects.

Birds of a Feather session at HIPC 2014 in Goa

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 19, 2014

It was a full house at the AMD FirePro HPC & OpenCL Birds of a Feather session at HIPC 2014 in Goa. AMD’s JC Baratault lead the session to 45 attendees from corporate and academia.

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OpenCL delivers simulation performance for Simulia Abaqus and Siemens NX Nastran using AMD FIrePro

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 17, 2014
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CADPlace describes how CAE applications vendors such as Dassault Systems and Siemens PLM Software have begun to partner with GPU vendors to take advantage of OpenCL and GPUs for solving large systems of non-linear equations.
The article describes three important aspects for optimizing engineering workflows:

1) Partnerships between graphics vendors and software vendors
2) Developer tools like OpenCL
3) Fast GPUs with the right features to support simulation applications like the AMD FirePro W8100 and FirePro W9100

The article links 2 PDF downloads about AMD FirePro and their CAE partners:

Accelerate Your Simulation with Abaqus/CAE, now powered by AMD FirePro Graphics and OpenCL technology  

Cooperation between Siemens PLM Software and AMD FirePro helps to deliver fast simulation performance 

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Scilab SciGPGPU demo on AMDFirePro at SC14

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 10, 2014

Ideal for large data processing, sciGPGPU allows not only for the use of a number of Scilab numerical computation functions in the GPU but it also implements many clBLAS and clFFT functions. You can check out sciGPGPU in the AMD booth #839 during the Supercomputing Conference (SC14)  Nov 17-20, 2014.

The video shows Scilab OpenCL accelerated by the AMD Firepro S9150.

Tags: Events, HPC, OpenCL
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