AMD FirePro S4000X GPU module for blade servers running multiple HD video and 3D virtual displays

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 13, 2014

On demo, this week at HP Discover, the new AMD FirePro S4000X for blade servers is driving multiple HD video and 3D virtual displays.  The module is installed in an HP ProLiant WS460C Graphics Server Blade.

AMD FirePro teams with Dell at Siemens PLM World 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 12, 2014

Check out the AMD FIrePro booth #14 next week at Siemens PLM World in Orlando, FL. AMD, Saratech and Dell will showcase an integrated product development process, including design to manufacturing through simulation and product data management (latest releases of NX, Teamcenter, Femap, and Solid Edge). The solution will be based on the latest Dell and AMD FirePro workstation products and enterprise solution.

Siemens PLM solutions in the cloud
The latest Dell Precision R7610 with AMD FirePro graphics packs power into a datacenter rack workstation form factor for dedicated remote graphics.

NX Simulation with GPGPU OpenCL-accelerated NX Nastran FEA solver
The Dell Precision T7610 with AMD FirePro graphics packs power into an award winning chassis to provide advanced simulation and digital prototyping using GPGPU OpenCL-accelerated NX Nastran FEA solver.

Visual Workflows by Saratech for NX Design and Ray Traced Studio
The Dell Precision T3610 with AMD Eyefinity offers the performance to work with large models and multiple applications simultaneously including NX Ray Traced Studio for GPU accelerated real-time ray tracing.

NX ultimate mobility solution and Mechatronics Concept Designer
Design at the office or while on the go. The Dell Precision M6800 with AMD FirePro graphics is perfectly balanced and adapted to design industrial equipment with NX MCD mechatronics modeling and simulation capability based on real-time physics technology powered by Bullet physics.

NX mobile design and manufacturing solution
The Dell Precision M4800 with AMD FirePro graphics provide desktop performance to design, manufacture and simulate while in the office or on the go.

Solid Edge and ultimate mobility
The new NX and Solid Edge certified M2800 is the newest member of Precision Family, with AMD FirePro graphics, designed for Solid Edge users wanting ultimate mobility..

Also check out the AMD presentation about the benefits of GPU acceleration in your NX design and simulation process:
Title: GPU Acceleration and NX 9
Session Number: 14665 - Room: Celebration 11
Time: Jun 19, 2014 (02:30 PM - 03:30 PM).

NX Ray Traced Studio for GPU accelerated real-time ray tracing

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Breakthrough demos at PLM World: NX Nastran and Ray Traced Studio GPU accelerated using OpenCL

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 12, 2014

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.


What to look for in Digital Signage from AMD at InfoComm 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 11, 2014

Digital signage includes an ever-increasing wide-range of applications such as retail, entertainment and events, hospitality, advertising, informational displays, transportation, and operation and process control centers. Whatever the application, the demands have evolved from single screen set-ups displaying static images or pre-recorded videos to completely custom setups geared toward the specific needs of the customer. AMD will be at Infocomm 2014 in Las Vegas, showcasing a full range of digital signage solutions using both AMD FirePro and Embedded APU technologies.

The AMD booth (North Hall - Booth N412) will features demos of:

Real-time 4K Video Processing and Playback for Multi-display and Media Compositing

  • Eight Dell 4K P2815Q 28" displays
  • Two high-end AMD FirePro workstation graphics cards
  • EXXACT Corporation MPX1000 media processor
  • Supports any shape display
  • Multi-projector edge blending/geometry support
  • Interactive controls
  • Live input DVI/HMDI/HD-SDI processing
  • Ultra HD resolution, 4K to 8K

Scalable Desktop Textures and HD Projector Edge-blending

  • ScalableDesktop display calibration software
  • AMD FirePro high-end workstation graphics card
  • Automatic multi projector warp and blend
  • No external hardware required
  • Low latency
  • Pixel perfect alignment

Elevating Digital Signage with the Latest Embedded Technology

  • 2nd Generation AMD Embedded R-Series APU
  • 4x1 portrait AMD Eyefinity Configuration of 4320x1920 pixels
  • Windows® 7 Pro 64-bit
  • Scala Digital Signage Player
  • Touch screen interactivity

Combining HD Sound and Video for Interactive Entertainment using Embedded Technology

  • AMD Embedded G-Series APU
  • 32" Touchscreen in 16:9 format
  • Max Fire Jukebox Smartphone application integration
  • Online terminal management for software updates, etc.
  • Easy hinge provides quick access to hardware components
  • Online connections include: network, DSL, 3G, WLAN

HP ProLiant WS460C Graphics Server Blade with AMD FirePro S4000X at HP Discover

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 06, 2014

The new AMD FirePro S4000X for blade servers will be showing next week at HP Discover in Las Vegas. The S4000X will be demoed (and available to order) in the HP ProLiant WS460C Graphics Server Blade. The primary markets for remote workstation users are CAD/Engineering and Financial Services

The benefits for remote workstations vs physical workstations include:

  • Maximize space in the work environment by moving PCs into the data center
  • The work environment is cooler and quiet because hardware is moved to the data center
  • Easier for IT to update and service from one location instead of having to go to each user's desk
  • Data is secure in the data center, only pixels transmitted not data
When used with HP Remote Graphics Software, users will be able to access their remote workstation from any PC, no matter what hardware or software is installed locally on that PC. They just need to be connected to the corporate network via the Internet. The professional apps and data remain in the data center.image

Presentation at ISC 14: Building Power Efficient Compute Clusters w/ AMD FirePro S-Series Graphics

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 05, 2014

At International Supercomputing Conference, AMD’s Nile Burbank will present: “Building Power Efficient Compute Clusters with AMD FirePro S-Series Graphics

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
02:40 pm - 03:00 pm

Advances in the software ecosystem, particularly those associated with OpenCL 1.2, make GPUs increasingly attractive for running HPC workloads in a scalable and efficient manner. AMD’s upcoming additions to the FirePro™ S-Series family of server graphics cards, in conjunction with OpenCL, provide the ideal basis for the creation of powerful and efficient compute clusters. This session will provide an overview of AMD’s family of FirePro graphics products and provide practical recommendations on deploying FirePro S-Series products in an HPC environment. This will include insight on how the latest FirePro products with multiple TFLOPS of single and double precision floating point performance are capable of enabling a supercomputer which would rank competitively in the Green 500

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What is AMD SKY technology for the ‘Visual Cloud’?

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 04, 2014

Also announced at Computex 2014 was AMD SKY technology. This API powers the ecosystem that enables AMD FirePro S-series server cards and AMD Radeon Sky Series graphics cards to be used to power Visual Cloud applications in both commercial and consumer workflows.

The 5 key components to SKY technology are:

  • Hypervisor Support (VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, Xen Project)
  • Multi-GPU System Support (Configure mulitple GPUs in one system under a single hypervisor)
  • Shared GPU Support (Enables multiple virtual machines to share a single GPU)
  • Software Support (AMD RapidFire SDK, AMD Eyefinty technology)
  • Codecs (H.264 HD resolution at 1920x1200 and 1280x720)

AMD FirePro S-series cards and AMD SKY technology enable high quality Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Virtualized Workstation installations by accelerating graphics content via AMD GPUs deployed in the Cloud. With AMD FirePro S-Series cards, engineering, financial, educational, medical and other workstation applications can be used seamlessly by professional users working on thin or zero clients but with near native response times, for a graphically rich and highly response experience.

When AMD Radeon Sky Series cards and AMD SKY technology are combined, service providers can stream multiple games from the Cloud to consumers, delivering a high quality, low latency gaming experience to a wide variety of devices.

AMD SKY technology is compatible with middleware from third parties, like Ubitus, Eureva, G-Cluster and Leap Computing, and also features the AMD RapidFire SDK for optimal desktop or application remoting. There are a number of features that address the specific needs of each workflow. This simplifies the manipulation of key hardware controls and provides HD visual quality, minimal latency and optimal network bandwidth resulting in a compelling and responsive experience from any device over the Internet.

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What is AMD STREAM Technology for ‘Compute in the Cloud’?

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 04, 2014

At Computex 2014, AMD announced AMD STREAM technology. This API powers the ecosystem that enables AMD FirePro S-series graphics cards to be used for compute-intensive workflows leveraging the massively parallel processing power of AMD GPUs and accelerate many applications beyond just graphics.

AMD STREAM technology includes hardware and software optimizations designed for high-performance compute workflows and compute-intensive applications using OpenCL, the open and cross-platform programming standard used for general-purpose computations. These features include:

  • Error Correcting Code (ECC) Memory support
  • Fast single and double precision floating point performance and direct memory access that enables low-latency data exchanges between multiple GPUs
  • Bi-directional PCIe data transfers
  • Peer-to-Peer Multi-GPU support using direct memory access to enable low-latency data exchanges between multiple GPUs
  • Designed for GPU-optimized OpenCL Libraries

When combined with GPU-optimized libraries and 3rd-party middleware, AMD STREAM technology unlocks the computational performance of the AMD FirePro graphics cards.

Visual Cloud and Remote Compute previewed at Computex 2014 w/ AMD FirePro S4000X and FirePro S9150

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 04, 2014

Yesterday at Computex 2014 AMD previewed two new FirePro server cards.  The AMD FirePro S9150 geared towards ‘Compute in the Cloud’ applications using STREAM technology API and the FirePro S4000X targeting the ‘Visual Cloud’ using SKY technology API.

The S4000X is a new mid-range MXM module for blade servers. It will be available for purchase from HP in a ProLiant blade, and from Amulet Hotkley, a system integrator who will offer it in blade servers from Dell. No official details on the S9150.

AMD FirePro S4000X - Powerful mid-range graphics performance for blade servers
·      Enables remote workstation and virtual desktops with GPU accelerated graphics
·      Type A MXM form factor
·      2GB GDDR5 memory
·      640 GCN Stream Processors
·      992 GFLOPs peak single and 62 GFLOPS peak double precision floating point performance
·      45W maximum power consumption
·      Only available in blade server solutions from HP and Amulet Hotkey






NAB 2014 highlights video of partner and users perception of the AMD FirePro W9100

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 03, 2014

Check out this highlights video from NAB 2014 to see what partners and users think of the new AMD FirePro W9100.

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