155 million textured polygons in ESRI CityEngine favela model driven by AMD FirePro W9100

Posted by Tony DeYoung on July 21, 2014

At the ESRI User Conference last week, HP demonstrated the largest publicly available CityEngine dataset - 155 million polygons, fully textured using 300 textures and 350 materials of a favela - running at full HD resolution (1920 X1080) using an HP Z820 workstation equipped with an AMD FirePro W9100.

The favela building and street models were created completely procedurally in CityEngine. Assets and other models were modeled and textured in Maya, Cinema4D and other tools. The final video renderings were done in Maxwell Render.

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Tags: Geospatial

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

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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.

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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!

AMD FirePro at TERATEC 2014 Forum for high performance numerical design and simulation

Posted by Tony DeYoung on July 01, 2014

The TERATEC 2014 Forum in France brings together top international experts in high performance numerical design and simulation, focusing on the strategic importance of these technologies to develop industrial competitiveness and innovation capacity.

At the forum the AMD FirePro team was demoing Ultra Workstations with 4 AMD FirePro W8100s, along with Scilab Open Source Software for Numerical Computation and Simulation. Scilab is up to 25X faster using OpenCL acceleration on the AMD FirePro S9150, compared to CPU only.

The SciGPGPU module using OpenCL 2.0 uses AMD FirePro GPUs as a compute engine via ClBLAS and ClFFT.

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Tags: Events, HPC

Planar Clarity Matrix LCD system driven by AMD FirePro wins Digital Signage ‘InfoComm Best of Show’

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 30, 2014

The Clarity Matrix LCD 4X4 Video Wall System powered by AMD FirePro is an immersive, flexible video wall. It was named a Digital Signage “InfoComm 2014 Best of Show” award winner.

AVR Depot & Multi Image Group drives Christie Digital MicroTiles using AMD FirePro W9000

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 30, 2014

AVR Depot & Multi Image Group was at InfoComm 2014 showing a number of high resolution display wall solutions using AMD FirePro technology.  A single AMD FirePro W9000 drove a 3’ by 12’  Christie Digital MicroTile 3-tile display. The HD touch screen display at the front of the booth was also output from a FirePro card.  The two systems were networked together running Ventuz 4 software.

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Personal Supercomputing and HPC from AMD FirePro at International Supercomputing Conference 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 26, 2014

Pics from the AMD FirePro booth at ISC 2014 including an Ultra Workstation with 4 AMD FirePro W8100s, OpenCL and a demo of how non-programmers can harness the power of GPU acceleration using an upcoming OpenCL-enabled release of the open source mathematical simulation package Scilab.

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Tags: Events, HPC

NVU Systems highlights command and control video walls driven by AMD FirePro at InfoComm

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 25, 2014

At this years InfoComm 14, NVU Systems showed a number of video wall solutions driven by AMD FirePro graphics targeting command and control rooms as well as enterprise collaboration and even signage applications.

The use of videowalls in enterprises and surveillance applications track the growth in live visual information, decrease of upfront equipment investment and growing usage of video over IP. NVU offers fully integrated solutions that can scale and address any video communication and processing needs using FirePro multi-GPU video processing technology for 2D and 3D applications.

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iWall uses 12 4K display for interactive video wall driven by 2 FirePro W9000s + S400 sync module

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 25, 2014

At this year’s InfoComm 2014, the MultiTaction iWall commanded center stage.  The iWall is a 16’ by 9’ interactive video wall solution consisting of 12 4K displays driven by 2 AMD FirePro W9000 GPU and the FirePro S400 Sync module.  This video from InfoComm shows Hannu Anttila,  MultiTaction VP, showing it in action.

Enriched Reality Air Hockey using MultiTaction, Red Bull and AMD FirePro W7000

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 24, 2014

At InfoComm 2014, MultiTaction was showing a 55”  Enriched Reality air hockey table driven by an AMD FirePro W7000. Touch was disabled and the only things that the game reacted to were air hockey paddles and Red Bull cans which acted as bumpers. Enriched Reality technology tracks the exact size of an object and can distinguish basic geometric shapes such as circles, rectangles or cans of Red Bull.

Check out the video to see it in action.

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