New aggressive pricing for AMD FirePro W series GPUs - up to 50% reductions

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 09, 2014
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Develop3D scooped the news that AMD has cut the price of its FirePro W-Series GPUs, the most dramatic being the high-end FirePro W8100, which will be available for $1,249 (half of original MSRP), and the FirePro W5100 for $399 (half the price of Nvidia’s Quadro K2200).

Prices reductions below (MSRP)

- AMD FirePro W8100 (8GB) - $1,249
- AMD FirePro W7100 (8GB) - $799
- AMD FirePro W5100 (4GB) - $399
- AMD FirePro W4100 (2GB) - $179
- AMD FirePro W2100 (2GB) - $139 / £86

Tags: Hardware

AMD FirePro engages UK HPC community with hardware and software

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 08, 2014

AMD FirePro was at the Machine Evaluation Workshop in Coventry, UK. This is a leading national event dedicated to distributed high performance scientific computing. The event is held annually to encourage close contact between research companies and the major vendors of workstations, software and peripherals.

It was a great event for AMD with lots of engagement with the UK HPC community. Interesting note: FPGA vendor Nallatech has moved to OpenCL which reaffirms the message about code portability

Download a PDF version of the document distributed at the event: HPC in the Data Center (accelerated by OpenCL on AMD FirePro S-Series Server GPUs).

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Pics from AMD FirePro at Autodesk University 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 03, 2014

AMD FirePro is teaming with Dell at Autodesk University 2014 to show AMD FirePro W9100 desktop and FirePro M6100 & W4170M mobile solutions for Maya 2015, 3ds Max 2015, MotionBuilder 2015, Mudbox 2015, Inventor 2015, Revit 2015, Alias 2015 and AutoCAD 2015.

Some pics from the event:

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60 gesture-controlled displays driven by AMD FirePro + Ventuz make a splash at international airshow

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 03, 2014

If you are a large French-American turbine manufacturer, how do you make yourself stand out at a major International Airshow?  You build your own pavilion right next to a runway and fill it with 60 HD displays to deliver a gesture-controlled, interactive multimedia presentation.

8 Ventuz servers were equipped with AMD FirePro W9000 GPUs synched via S400 modules to drive the 60 displays.  Gesture controlled interactivity was controlled by five rotation laser devices. Visitors could find their hotspot in the showroom, activate a navigation interface and browse through additional videos, images and text information.  emenco was behind the design. More info on the Ventuz website.

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BOXX, SAPPHIRE and AMD FirePro exhibit 4K solutions at Inter BEE 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 02, 2014

BOXX, SAPPHIRE and AMD FirePro were at the broadcast equipment Inter BEE 2014 show demoing 4k solutions.
This pic below includes two systems, one with an AMD FirePro W8100 and the other with a FirePro W5000, both driving 4k displays with real-time editing and playback

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Tags: 4K, Events

What’s your graphics super power?

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 01, 2014

In recent years, the product features introduced by AMD along with OpenCL compute technologies are the stuff that would have been considered science-fiction from super hero comics a couple of years ago! But its here today (how far away is the Holodeck?).

In this comic, AMD asks you to share you favorite AMD GPU-enabled super power.

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Click to view full resolution version.

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AMD FirePro teams with Dell at Autodesk University to show mobile and desktop solutions

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 01, 2014
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Autodesk University begins tomorrow and AMD FirePro will team with Dell to show 4 desktop and mobile solutions in content creation, simulation, architecture and design.

System: Dell Precision T7910 with AMD FirePro W9100
Software: Maya 2015, 3ds Max 2015, MotionBuilder 2015, Mudbox 2015

System: Dell Precision T7810 with AMD FirePro W9100
Software:  Inventor 2015, Revit 2015, Alias 2015, AutoCAD 2015

System: Dell M6800 with AMD FirePro M6100
Software:  3ds Max 2015, Maya 2015, Inventor 2015, Revit 2015, Alias 2015, AutoCAD 2015

System: Dell M2800 with AMD FirePro W4170M
Software:  Autodesk AutoCAD 2015

Video: AMD FirePro - ASUS Green500 press conference at SC14

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 01, 2014

Clip from the AMD FirePro -  Asus Green500 1st place ranking for supercomputing efficiency.  Speakers in order are: Ed Carracappa, AMD; Morris Chang, ASUS; Dr. David Rohr, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies; Niles Burbank, AMD

Tags: Events, HPC

Energy efficiency of L-CSC supercomputer powered by AMD FirePro GPUs on way to Exascale goal

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 25, 2014
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Interesting comment and quote from an article on Scientific Computing regarding the AMD FirePro-powered L-CSC supercomputer that won the Green500.

Assuming that L-CSC’s energy efficiency could be scaled linearly to an exaflop supercomputing system, one that can perform one trillion floating-point operations per second, such a system would consume on the order of 190 megawatts (MW). “Although this 190-megawatt power envelope is still far from DARPA’s optimistic target of a 67-megawatt power envelope, it is approximately 16 times better than the initial projection of a nearly 3000-megawatt power envelope from 2007 when the first official Green500 list was launched,” says Wu Feng of the Green500.

Niles Burbank gave a talk at SC14 in which he describe the DARPA goal of energy efficiency.

Tags: Events, HPC

The Bourbon St Afterparty for the AMD FirePro Green500 #1 Ranking

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 21, 2014

AMD FirePro S9150 GPUs power the L-CSC cluster at the GSI research facility that yesterday was awarded the #1 position for supercomputers on the latest Green500 List ranking of the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world. 

It was a big achievement with the new AMD FirePro powered supercomputer 20% more energy efficient than the top ranked cluster from June. The afterparty was worth attending!

It is New Orleans and it is Bourbon St, so beads, lights, alcohol and celebration were the rule for the night.

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