Entries tagged as: OpenCL

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

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 19, 2015

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

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

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.




Tags: Events, HPC, OpenCL

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

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 17, 2014

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 

Tags: CAE, OpenCL

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

AMD FirePro SC14 Theater Schedule in booth #839

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 06, 2014

If you are attending SC14 Nov 18-20 and are interested in OpenCL, OpenACC or HPC check out the theater presentations in the AMD FirePro booth #839.


11:15 AM OpenACC on AMD GPUs and APUs - Learn how to use OpenACC on your AMD APUs and Radeon GPUs using the PGI compilers
Michael Wolfe, Compiler Engineer - PGI

1:00p ASUS Server Launch with AMD FirePro S-series GPUs

1:15p The L-CSC cluster - An AMD-GPU-based cost- and power-efficient multi-GPU system for Lattice-QCD calculations at GSI
Dr. David Rohr, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies

2:15 PM Distributed Symmetric Multiprocessing - Shattering Affordability and Scalability Barriers to Large Shared Memory, Many Core HPC
Richard Anderson, CEO - Symmetric Computing

3:15 PM Power efficient HPC clusters with AMD FirePro S-series GPUs - An overview of AMD FirePro S-series products for compute and practical recommendations on deploying GPUs in HPC environments
Niles Burbank, Sr. Product Manager, AMD FirePro S-series Server GPUs

4:15 PM Raising the Bar on HPC Innovation with PBS Works
Scott Suchyta, Director of Partner Solutions and Integrations, Altair

5:15 PM Sandia National Laboratories’ Experiences with AMD APUs and HSA Technology
Si Hammond, Scalable Computer Architectures, Sandia National Laboratories


11:15 AM HSA for Application Developers - Learn the intricacies of using HSA and the benefits seen in some HPC workloads
Jonathan Gallmeier, AMD Research Software Engineer

2:15 PM Using the SYCL for OpenCL open standard to accelerate C++ code - SYCL for OpenCL is an upcoming standard C++ programming model for OpenCL from the Khronos group. Ideally suited to C++ metaprogramming, it allows a single C++ source file to be compiled for both host and OpenCL devices. This talk will introduce the provisional specification and enable developers to provide feedback for the final specification.
Andrew Richards, CEO Codeplay

3:15 PM Porting Gromacs from CUDA to OpenCL. Lessons learned
Vincent Hindriksen, CEO, Stream Computing

4:15 PM Kernel Compilation and execution for HSA
Greg Rodgers, Design Engineer, AMD Research

5:15 PM The Value of Supercomputing Field Data - Dr. Nathan DeBardeleben of LANL will discuss supercomputer reliability studies, in collaboration with AMD RAS and Research teams, and the impact they will have on next generation system design and ExaScale planning for the Department of Energy.
Nathan DeBardeleben, Ph.D., Head of Ultrascale Systems Research Center (USRC), HPC Resilience Lead, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)


11:15 PM Distributed Symmetric Multiprocessing - Shattering Affordability and Scalability Barriers to Large Shared Memory, Many Core HPC
Richard Anderson, CEO - Symmetric Computing

1:15 PM Penguin Computing’s APU / HSA Development Cluster
Phil Pokorny, CTO - Penguin Computing

Tags: Events, HPC, OpenCL

AMD FirePro at SC14 booth #839: OpenCL on new HPC clusters from Asus, Supermicro, Gigabyte, Exxact

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 06, 2014

AMD FirePro will be showcasing new HPC server configurations from Asus, Supermicro, Gigabyte and Exxact at SC14 (SuperComputing 2014)  Nov 16-21, demonstrating supercomputing performance using SPEC ACCEL  (OpenCL and OpenACC), GROMACS (molecular dynamics) , SHOC (Scalable HeterOgeneous Computing / OpenCL) benchmarks.

New HPC server configurations include:
- SMC 1047GR-TRF server, 1U 2P with 3 S9150
- Gigabyte G210-H4G blade, 2U enclosure, 4 blades, 1P with 4 S915
- Exxact FXR410-512R workstation (secured) 2P with 4 W9100s
- A new server from Asus, powered by AMD FirePro S-Series server GPUs

Also check out the HPC Theater schedule,

Hands-On Introduction to OpenCL and OpenCL 2.0 and Beyond BOF at SC14

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 06, 2014

In addition to the rich AMD FirePro theater schedule, there will also be several highly recommended talks at SC14 on OpenCL, presented by Simon-McIntosh-Smith from University of Bristol in the UK.

OpenCL: A Hands-On Introduction
DATE: Monday Nov 17
TIME: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
This is one of the most popular tutorials at the SC conference.  It introduces OpenCL using the more accessible C++ API. The tutorial format will be a 50/50 split between lectures and exercises. Students will 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 .The last segment of the tutorial will be spent visiting the “OpenCL zoo”; a diverse collection of OpenCL conformant devices. Tutorial attendees will run their own programs on devices in the zoo to explore performance portability of OpenCL. The zoo should include a mix of CPU, GPU, FPGA, mobile, and DSP devices.

OpenCL: Version 2.0 and Beyond
DATE: Tuesday Nov 18
TIME: 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Birds of a Feather discussion of the latest developments in OpenCL including the recent OpenCL 2.0 specification. A panel representing divergent views on the future of OpenCL will engage in an interactive debate on where to take OpenCL. The BOF will close with a survey of the audience to create “hard data” to can present to the OpenCL standards committee to help them address the unique needs of the HPC community.

Tags: Events, OpenCL

NUKE 9 & NUKE Studio on Mac Pro w and w/o AMD FirePro OpenCL acceleration

Posted by Tony DeYoung on September 24, 2014

The new NUKE 9 & NUKE Studio add full OpenCL support on the new running on Mac Pro with dual AMD FirePro D-series GPUs.  The video shows a doubling of multi-node performance when using the FirePro GPU acceleration as opposed to without..

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