If you are attending Siemens PLM World next week, you will want to check out at least two of the demos in the AMD FirePro booth #14.
NX 9 Ray Traced Studio harnesses AMD FirePro graphics cards for GPU accelerated real-time ray tracing using OpenGL and/or OpenCL. The software checks the system configuration and uses the GPU if FirePro cards are available. With Ray Traced Studio, designers get photorealistic ray traced image results including global illumination, inner objet reflection and refraction and HDR based image base lighting.
NX Nastran is widely used finite element analysis (FEA) solver. It serves in different industries to support a wide range of engineering analyses including stress, vibration, structural failure, heat transfer, acoustics and aeroelasticity. NX Nastran is now GPU accelerated on AMD FirePro W9000 workstation cards and S9000 server cards. Widely used in aerospace and automotive, it provides support for modal frequency response.
The AMD FirePro team is at the 2014 SIMULIA Customer Conference in running May 20 - 22. AMD FirePro GPUs are certified for Abaqus technology in SIMULIA on 64-bit Windows and Linux platforms.
The photo below from the conference demonstrates SIMULIA Abaqus accelerated 2 to 4 times (over CPU only) by dual AMD FirePro W9100 GPU and OpenCL running on an HP Z820. The acceleration applies to both routine and sophisticated engineering simulation and the card can simultaneously drive analytics and visualization across multiple displays.
SIMULIA Abaqus accelerated using OpenCL on AMD FirePro W9100
Bernard Charlès, CEO of Dassault presenting at the conference
This article on 3DTotal describes how the OpenCL Bullet Physics plug-in for Maya, MayaBullet, has exploded the potential for game developers and visual effects teams to design more realistic dynamic and kinematic simulations.
From the article:
Using rigid-body, soft-body and collision-detection libraries, the MayaBullet Physics plug-in allows you to create small to large-scale realistic simulations for films, games and visualisations. Taking advantage of OpenCL, the MayaBullet plug-in allows you to very quickly create, view and edit simulations in pretty much real-time (depending the scene complexity of course) right inside the Maya viewport.
The AMD FirePro does not simply enhance the Bullet experience, but also allows you to push Maya further in certain ways.
1) It allows you to deal with heavier scene files, heavier models and more complex rigs. Therefore the animator can work with a model at a resolution that allows him to get a clearer idea of how the mesh will deform at render time.
2) By utilizing Viewport 2.0 and the DirectX 11 shader, you can truly get a better representation of your mesh with displacement maps, normal maps applied and more - all in the Maya viewport.
3) By taking advantage of the Alembic GPU Cache, you can bring a huge number of polygons (and by huge, we mean into the millions) into a scene and it still handles like a trooper.
The Bullet Physics extension for Autodesk Maya 2014 delivers several enhancements to the Bullet plug-in that enables artists to use the open source Bullet physics engine to create large-scale, highly realistic dynamic and kinematic simulations within Maya.
The Bullet plug-in now offers feature parity with the proprietary, Windows-only, PhysX system, as well as new capabilities. Features include the ability to create compound collision shapes from multiple meshes; produces better collisions with concave shapes using a new Hierarchical Approximate Convex Decomposition (HACD) algorithm; integration with Maya Forces; and support rigid sets for increased scalability.
This is all on an open-source, cross-platform physics platform.
THEIA-RT optimized with AMD FirePro and OpenCL lets you manipulate high detail models in real time with physically correct lighting across multiple displays or in virtual reality centers. Engineers or designers simply drag and drop physically correct materials and light sources to achieve immediate photorealistic representation creating time to consider multiple design variants or ergonomic issues in any environment, within any lighting scenario, day or night, all in real time. The conference is focused on product creation and engineering methods/technology that change the game in everything from automotive to consumer good.
AMD FirePro will be presenting and exhibiting at the conference.
Desktop Engineering has published an article on CPU vs GPU computing for engineering and CAD. The article discusses using the Open Standard OpenCL programming framework, as well as Nvidia’s proprietary Cuda option. OpenCL can be used to give an application access to a GPU for non-graphical computing , such as engineering data analysis or simulation. Importantly offers the ability to use both CPUs and GPUs in combination.
AMD has integrated OpenCL as its programming framework for its FirePro family of GPUs, as well as its CPU and APU offerings. As noted by BSN AMD’s focus on OpenCL puts them in a competitive advantage against Nvidia as many of the compute programs out there tend to run faster on AMD hardware if they are optimized correctly.
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. ”
AMD FirePro, Dell, and Dassault Systemes teamed up to develop a fully animated, 3D interactive CAD model of a Dell workstation with professional graphics. The 3DVia Composer Demo was done by Tod Cruikshank at Dassault Systemes and will be used across all Dell Solution Centers.
The screen grab composite below shows several views onto the interactive runtime.
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