At Computex 2015 AMD introduced the Carrizo, first APUs to support HSA (Heterogeneous Systems Architecture), a set of hardware and software specifications for leveraging the GPU for general-purpose computing. Along with SAPPHIRE, AMD FirePro also demonstrated multi GPU single large surface (SLS) technology using an AMD FirePro W7100, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions using the AMD FirePro R5000 and energy-efficient, high performance computing (HPC) using the AMD FirePro S9150
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.
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.
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
Optimised host-device communications
Using multiple OpenCL devices
Coalesced memory accesses
Tuning work-group sizes
OpenCL / OpenGL interoperability
The OpenCL ecosystem:
OpenCL 2.0 and future versions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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