What is DirectGMA and why when and how would you use it?

Posted by Tony DeYoung on September 09, 2014

The AMD Developer team posted a blog explaining DirectGMA capabilities available on FirePro graphics cards. I've previously described how AJA Kona SDI cards use DirectGMA for super low latency transfers to and from the GPU for live video processing (AJA will be showing at IBC 2014).

Download the AMD FIrePro DirectGMA Data Sheet

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From the blog: DirectGMA exposes a part of the GPU memory and makes it accessible to other devices on the bus. By knowing the address of the exposed memory, any device that supports DirectGMA can write directly into GPU memory and vice versa the GPU can write into the memory of a peer device instead of transferring the data to system memory first. This mechanism can be used to exchange data between AMD FireProTM GPUs and third devices or to do peer-to-peer transfers between multiple AMD FirePro GPUs in one system. With today’s PCIE 3.0 technology, DirectGMA is a very efficient way of transferring data at very low latency.

Example Use Cases:

  • Live 4k video processing enabling SDI video I/O PCIe devices to stream video directly into and from GPU memory.
  • Peer-to-peer data exchange between GPUs to combine their processing power for complex compute tasks or the support of network adapters to allow low latency data exchange in a compute cluster.

Read the full DirectGMA post.

AMD FirePro 4k Editing workstation at Canadian Film Centre TIFF BBQ 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on September 09, 2014

AMD FirePro was invited to present at the Canadian Film Centre Annual Fundraiser BBQ in conjuction with the Toronto International Film Festival. AMD brought a water-cooled AMD FirePro Ultra Workstation with 4 FirePro W9100s running real-time 4k, multi-node color correction using BlackMagic DaVinici Resolve. The video gives an overview of the system from a unique perspective of a hard core game ASIC layout design engineer, Ed Callway.

Tags: 4K, Events

Cloud gaming enabled by AMD FirePro, RapidFire and SKY technology

Posted by Tony DeYoung on September 03, 2014

Two video worth watching on cloud computing enable by AMD FirePro technologies. The important takeaways: Cloud gaming solutions use AMD FirePro, RapidFire and SKY technologies to enable low-latency, power gaming on low end devices.

Alex Nataros, CEO of Leap Computing

Philippe Martineau, CEO of Eureva

Tags: Gaming

Citrix-ready AMD FirePro solutions for demanding virtualized CAD and 3D using XenDesktop

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 28, 2014
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A new blog post on the Citrix site talks about AMD FirePro solutions for XenDesktop virtualized workstations.

From the blog: “ Citrix has been focused towards developing software solutions to deliver rich applications for customers who run graphically intensive applications like CAD and other 3D based applications.

Thanks to XenDesktop HDX and XenServer 6.2 combined solution, we are providing an experience as good as or often better than the physical workstation experience. Even the most intense and demanding graphical applications can be virtualized because of the underlying support from beasty graphic cards which are optimized for the processing of these apps! AMD FirePro is a preferred options for XenApp GPU-sharing.

Read the full post.  Learn more about AMD FirePro virtualized workstations here.

VMWorld 2014 pics and video - shared, dedicated and remote graphics using AMD FirePro

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 26, 2014

Pics and videos from the AMD FirePro booth 1946 at VMWorld 2014 this week.

Booth overview with AMD FirePro S7000, S9000 and R5000 GPUs
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Multi-GPU Shared Graphics (vSGA) for High Density Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure Deployments for Horizon (with View) on AMD FirePro S7000 Server GPU
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Virtualized Workstations for Design and Engineering Power Users with Dedicated Graphics (vDGA) for Horizon (with View)  on AMD FirePro S9000 Server GPU
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Multiple Remote Workstations with Accelerated Graphics in Single Virtualized Server on AMD FirePro R5000 Remote Graphics GPU
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Multi-GPU Shared Graphics, Virtualized Workstations, Remote Graphics at VMWorld 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 21, 2014
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AMD FirePro will be at next weeks VMWorld in booth 1946 showing several solutions for remote and virtualized graphics including SKY technology.

  • Multi-GPU Shared Graphics (vSGA) for High Density Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure Deployments
    VMware ESXi 5.5 Hypervisor and AMD FirePro S7000 Server GPU
  • Virtualized Workstations for Design and Engineering Power Users with Dedicated Graphics (vDGA)
    VMware ESXi 5.5 Hypervisor and AMD FirePro S9000 Server GPU
  • Multiple Remote Workstations with Accelerated Graphics in Single Virtualized Server
    VMware ESXi 5.5 Hypervisor and AMD FirePro R5000 Remote Graphics

AMD FirePro high-performing production pipelines in 4K to demo at IBC 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 21, 2014
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IBC 2014 is just around the corner (Sept 12-16, Hall 7, Stand 7.H35 RAI Congress Centre, Amsterdam) and AMD FirePro will have demos that show why the new W x100 series GPUs are the first choir for the media and entertainment professional across a variety of OpenGL and OpenCL accelerated solutions.

ISV partners demos:
BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve
The Foundry NUKE
Adobe CC: Premiere Pro, SpeedGrade , Photoshop
Assimilate SCRATCH 8
RealVNC Remote Graphics
AJA SDI Ingest and Playout
OEM partners hardware and demos:
HP
Dell
Fujitsu
SuperMicro
Apple Mac Pro

Tags: Events

AMD FirePro W9100 used for 5760 x 1200 60 fps projection graphics at the Communiqué Awards

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 15, 2014

The Communiqué Awards is a showcase for healthcare communications. This year the widescreen display of sponsor categories and nominees was produced by Joy’s Production Services using Ventuz software running on an AMD FirePro W9100. 

Joy used the FirePro W9100 and Ventuz to drive 2 Panasonic PTZ-21K 20,000 lumen projectors onto a seamless 18m x 4.5m widescreen. A third connected display acted as an operators monitor. The total display resolution was 5760 x 1200 pixels rendered at 60 fps. Live camera input using a Deltacast HD-SDI card and multiple Ventuz particle nodes generated the animated backgrounds and ‘digital fireworks’.

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Can’t make it to SIGGRAPH? Check out these video demos: Lumiscaphe, Cintoo 3D, Ray Tracing Prototype

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 14, 2014

This year’s SIGGRAPH is amazing in terms of the demos. If you weren’t able to attend the show or make it to the AMD FirePro booth, below are 3 videos demonstrating a few of the remarkable technologies enabled by OpenGL and OpenCL running on AMD FirePro W8100 and W9100s. I have to note that each of these demos blew me away.  This is leaps and bounds beyond what I saw last year.

Lumiscaphe P3D Design 50 fps photorealistic rendering using AMD FirePro W9100
It looks like a video playing on screen but it is actually a real-time 50 fps photorealistic rendering of a 4.1 million polygon model using P3D Design V6 running on an AMD FirePro W9100.

Cintoo 3D SmartMesh compression/decompression of massive 3D models on AMD FirePro using OpenCL
Cintoo 3D SmartMesh running on AMD FirePro W8100 using OpenCL to process 3D massive data in real-me. This example shows a 20 million triangles model with 20 GB texture compressed 1:50 and decompressed on the fly.

Ray tracer renderer proof of concept demo using OpenCL running on 4 AMD FirePro W8100s
AMD’s Takahiro Harada shows a path rendering / ray tracing demo using a prototype Maya 2015 plugin, targeting accelerated adoption of OpenCL 2.0 in advanced photorealistic rendering engines running on 4 AMD FirePro W8100.

 

AMD completes its next generation family of workstation GPUs - FirePro W2100, W4100, W5100, W7100

Posted by Tony DeYoung on August 12, 2014

The next generation AMD FirePro workstation graphics family brings at least 2x more memory, multidisplay 4K leadership, high compute performance, next generation API support and PCIe 3.0 support:

  • With 16GB GDDR5 memory and the ability to support up to six 4K displays, AMD FirePro W9100 professional graphics is AMD's most advanced professional graphics solution available offering the ideal single-GPU solution for the next generation of ultrahigh-resolution visualization environments
  • AMD FirePro W8100 professional graphics feature 8GB of GDDR5 memory and packs up to 4.2 TFLOPS of compute power to accelerate projects beyond just graphics
  • An engineering and Media & Entertainment multimedia powerhouse, the 8GB AMD FirePro W7100 professional graphics is designed to boost performance and support for 4K content, including video playback, editing and transcoding
  • With 4GB of GDDR5 memory and four display outputs on the AMD FirePro W5100 graphics, users can tackle complex models, assemblies, data sets and advanced visual effects with ease
  • In a class of its own, AMD FirePro W4100 graphics, including four-display support, is the ideal choice for users who need a performance boost to address their evolving workflows
  • Next generation professional graphics start with AMD FirePro W2100 graphics, delivering optimized and certified professional application performance that consumer graphics lack

At-a-glance overview of the newly announced cards.


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