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.

LG shows off their 3.5mm bezel video wall driven by AMD FirePro W600 at Digital Signage Expo 2015

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 13, 2015

LG was at Digital Signage Expo 2015 showing the world’s narrowest 3.5mm bezel video wall.  RMG Networks developed the digital signage display using the AMD FirePro W600.

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RMG Networks real-time digital signage solutions using AMD FirePro W600 at DSE15

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 13, 2015

RMG Networks was at Digital Signage Expo 2015 showing real-time digital signage solutions for financial services, telecom, manufacturing, retail and government driven by AMD FirePro W600 GPUs.

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Glasses-free 3D video at Digital Signage Expo 2015 from Magnetic 3D using AMD FirePro W7000

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 13, 2015

Magnetic 3D was in the AMD booth at Digital Signage Expo 2015, demonstrating their “glasses-free” 3D video wall using AMD FirePro W7000. With this solution images appear to come out of the screen as you walk by. No glasses required.

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Curved MultiTaction iWall driven by 2 AMD FirePro W9000s at Digital Signage Expo 2015

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 13, 2015

Check out the MultiTaction curved iWall installation at Digital Signage Expo 2015, with a total curvature of 90 degrees. This 12-screen interactive multitouch display wall is driven by 2 AMD FirePro W9000s.  iWalls are modular, customizable interactive display systems supporting an unlimited number of concurrent users, curvatures of up to 360 degrees and widths to up to 96 feet. It simultaneously detects an unlimited number of fingers, hands, IR pens and real life objects. It’s more than just a touch display; it is an experience. 

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Impressive pics of AMD Display Wall solutions at Digital Signage Expo 2015

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 12, 2015

AMD Embedded and FirePro solutions are happening now at Digital Signage Expo 2015.  Pics are just starting to come in.

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AMD to WOW at Digital Signage Expo 2015

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 09, 2015
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This week, AMD will be at Digital Signage Expo 2015, wowing visitors with 4K, 3D, multi-screen, interactive (gesture-control, facial recognition), single-large-surface displays using Eyefinity and a variety of AMD APU & GPU technology.

Solutions demos will include:

  • Samsung - SBB Digital signage media player
  • Hisense - Point of Sale Terminal
  • AMD FirePro / SAPPHIRE - 3X3 video wall
  • Scala - Retail fashion wall
  • TECSYS - Digital Signage SW application
  • Magnetic 3D - glasses-free 3D video wall
  • Thinlabs - All-In-One POE Thin Client.

Powered by:

  • 2nd Generation AMD Embedded R-Series APU
  • AMD Embedded Radeon(tm) E8860 GPU
  • AMD Embedded G-Series SOC
  • AMD FirePro W600

Auto stereoscopic Glasses-Free 3D Video Wall using 12 screens driven by AMD FirePro

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 06, 2015

Magnetic 3D today announced the their auto-stereoscopic “glasses-free” 3D video wall in partnership with ProntoTV and AMD FirePro.  The first implementation of the LCD 3D video wall is for a large-format, no-glasses 3D experience in the lobby of a major Norwegian wholesaler and retail franchiser.

The prominent glasses-free 3D video wall is more than 10 feet wide and stands over 8 feet tall. It uses AMD FirePro GPUs to drive a total resolution of 25 megapixels across twelve 46” Magnetic 3D displays in a 4 high by 3 wide configuration.

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Vulkan is next generation low level OpenGL initiative with explicit GPU control

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 03, 2015
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Khronos today announced Vulkan, a low level open standard API for high-efficiency access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs. The ground-up design, previously referred to as the Next Generation OpenGL Initiative, provides applications direct control over GPU acceleration for maximized performance and predictability. It’s a similar idea to AMD’s Mantle, Microsoft’s DirectX 12 and Apple’s Metal but intended to be fully cross-platform

The unified specification minimizes driver overhead and enables multi-threaded GPU command preparation for optimal graphics and compute performance on diverse mobile, desktop, console and embedded platforms. Vulkan also provides the direct GPU control demanded by sophisticated game engines, middleware and applications with the cross vendor performance and functional portability resulting from simpler, more predictable drivers.

AMD has contributed Mantle towards the development of Vulkan with Mantle being used to bootstrap the process and speed its development, making Vulkan a derivation of sorts of Mantle. (via AnandTech.

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PC Expert awards AMD FirePro W9100 “best product” for display solutions

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 27, 2015
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The latest issue of PC Expert awarded nominations and best of across several categories.

AMD FirePro W9100 Wins Best Display Solution
Quote: “The market for professional graphics card used to be the sole privilege of Nvidia cards with excellent performance and CUDA. But with its new architecture, AMD seems to want to change that. With increased performance, support GPU Computing and aggressive prices, AMD becomes a must!”

The new AMD FirePro WX100 series offer new levels of performance make these cards a prime choice for any graphics or compute-intense application, at a cost-efficient price.

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