Airbus projection mapping presentation at symposium driven by AMD FirePro

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 22, 2015

For their 2014 internal commercial symposium, Airbus worked with Avant-Garde Imaging and Master Films to create an advanced projection mapping display. Four HD projectors driven by an AMD FirePro cards projection mapped the irregularly shaped main display screen, while additional FirePro cards powered the surrounding satellite screens and an embedded live camera feed. The presentation was designed and coordinated using Ventuz software.

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The video is a “Making of” explanation which is visually completely worth watching.

HP ZBook 14 G2 and 15u G2 use AMD FirePro for desktop class workstation performance on-the-go

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 21, 2015
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Today AMD announced that second-generation HP ZBook 14 G2 and 15u G2 Mobile Workstations will use AMD FirePro M4150 and AMD FirePro M4170 mobile graphics to provide desktop class workstation performance on-the-go.

Along with certified drivers for CAD and DCC software from Adobe, Autodesk, Avid, Dassault Systèmes, ESRI, Siemens and more, the new AMD FirePro powered ZBooks offer a stable and reliable platform that redefines mobile workstation performance and quality.

Estimated U.S. pricing starts at $1,249 and $1,199, for the 14 and 15.6 inch screen models respectively.

Tags: HP, Hardware, Mobile

Projection Mapping for Samsung 44th Anniversary using AMD FirePro

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 20, 2015

To celebrate the company’s 44th anniversary Samsung used Eric C&C to create a multimedia pavillion dedicated to their employees using advance projection mapping powered by AMD FirePro graphics, controlled by Ventuz software. Employees took photos of themselves then added in personal messaging. The photo and message were were then projection mapped onto 52 cubes as well as the background wall.

OpenCL-based Bullet physics engine creator to receive technical Oscar at the Academy Awards

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 16, 2015
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the creator of the OpenCL-based Bullet physics engine, Erwin Coumans, will be honored with an Academy Technical Achievement Award.

The Oscar for Technical Achievement award goes to Erwin Coumans for the development of the Bullet physics library, and to Nafees Bin Zafar and Stephen Marshall for the separate development of two large-scale destruction simulation systems based on Bullet. These pioneering systems demonstrated that large numbers of constrained rigid bodies could be used to animate visually complex, believable destruction effects with minimal simulation time.

Unlike other Academy Awards to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2014. Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.

Congrats to Erwin!, former Principal Physics Engineer at AMD where he lead the Bullet physics engine development, created an OpenCL rigid body pipeline running entirely on GPU and helped incorporate Bullet into a Siemens simulation software package and into Autodesk Maya.Effects.

HP introduces industry’s thinnest and lightest workstation ultrabooks based on AMD FirePro

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 06, 2015

Yesterday HP introduced the industry’s thinnest and lightest workstation Ultrabooks. The new ZBook 14 G2 and 15u have a 14-inch or 15.6-inch diagonal high-performance screens powered by AMD FirePro M415 and M4170 GPUs respectively.  The customizable workstations provide professional users with speed, quality and creativity on the go.

Estimated U.S. pricing starts at $1,249 and $1,199, respectively.

Tags: HP, Hardware

Video: AMD FirePro 2014 year in review

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 06, 2015

We’ve edited together highlights from some of the videos and pics posted on FireUser.com in 2014.  The chronological video covers events, announcements and third party support from around the globe.

It’s not a corporate, pro-quality production, but it is a fun way to see a lot of what has gone on during the past year.  Now just imagine what is to come in 2015!

Video: Leap Computing Hypergate using AMD FirePro + RapidFire technology for remote computing VDI

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 01, 2015

Leap Computing, who wowed people at GDC 2014 (2 MB/sec bandwidth is all that is required for 1080p gaming over the internet using RapidFire + OpenCL) runs a side-by-side comparison of the Leap Computing HyperGate software running next to the Citrix GoToMyPC Software.

In the demo, both applications are running on the same remote workstation located inside of a data center to rule out network related issues that could hamper performance of either service.

Video: SAPPHIRE explains how the new AMD FirePro W7100 is right for design and engineering pros

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 30, 2014

Bill Donnelly from SAPPHIRE explains the newly available AMD FirePro W7100 card for media and entertainment and design and engineering professionals.

In the video Bill covers:
- 8 GB framebuffer to manage larger data sets and bigger video
- Direct GMA support (i.e. for SDI)
- Onboard UVD (unified video decoder) for processing all video formats directly on the card
- Support for 3 4k video streams or 6 HD video streams
- FreeSync support
- Optimized drivers for stability and reliability
- OpenCL support for applications like DaVinci

Tags: Hardware

Driving home the real value of a GPU - better performance per watt per dollar

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 22, 2014

WCCFTech has an interesting article regarding the recent AMD FirePro price reductions for the W8100, W7100, W5100, W4100 and W2100.

He talks about the critical factor in GPU choice for any larger installation or for an HPC cluster: performance per watt per dollar - that is the sunk cost incurred at the time of creation and the running/operating cost, which in most cases is the electricity consumed.

From the article:
“If the size of the cluster is small and electricity costs in that area are not high then the builder will almost certainly focus on sunk cost. If the size of the cluster is huge and/or electricity costs are too high then the builder will tend to side with power efficiency. Of course if money is no issue or electricity is free, then the builder will focus on performance alone.” With the high performance and new pricing ... “AMD has both sides of the coin covered”

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Birds of a Feather session at HIPC 2014 in Goa

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 19, 2014

It was a full house at the AMD FirePro HPC & OpenCL Birds of a Feather session at HIPC 2014 in Goa. AMD’s JC Baratault lead the session to 45 attendees from corporate and academia.

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Tags: Events, HPC, OpenCL
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