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.
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.
Today AMD officially announced that the AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU is now available on the HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9, the world’s best-selling server. This combination targets a variety of specialized applications including Academic and Government clusters, Oil and Gas research, and Deep Neural Networks.
If you don’t recall, the AMD FirePro S9150 is the GPU that powered the most energy efficient supercomputer in the Green500). A single card breaks the 2.0 TFLOPS double precision barrier. With 16GB of GDDR5 memory and maximum power consumption of 235 watts, AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs provide massive compute performance while helping maximize available power budgets.
Jon Clark demos a remote graphics solution that delivers maximum SOLIDWORKS 2015 3D performance for up to 8 clients using 8 dedicated AMD FirePro R5000 GPUs.
The R5000 Remote Workstation FirePro GPU unlike FirePro S-Series server cards, features an integrated Teradici PCoIP host processor that enables the transmission and compression of pixels over the Internet so you can truly work remotely. All you need is a zero client or laptop and you still get high performance 3D. (More details.
This is a very simple and compelling demonstration of the performance advantage of a professional AMD FirePro W4100 GPU ($159 on newegg) vs a similarly priced, but consumer Radeon R9285 GPU ($209 on newegg)for SolidWorks. And this is just simple FPS. Now add on other other SolidWorks-specific optimizations for FirePro cards, and you have a pretty compelling reason to go FirePro.
OIT, the GPU-accelerated Transparency Mode provides a “pixel-accurate” representation of the model and its surrounding geometry. SOLIDWORKS 2015 builds on the OIT in SW 2014 by letting you enable OIT by component.
At Digital Signage Expo in March, MultiTaction (booth 9-F137) will unveil their AMD FirePro-driven 12 display curved iWall installation with a total curvature of 90 degrees. This is the world’s first curved interactive multitouch commercial display wall.
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. Of course, driving all of the visuals and the seamless multiscreen display are AMD FirePro graphics.
We occasionally follow the rankings of the top mobile workstations and once again, AMD FirePro is the GPU behind 2 out of 3 of the top ranked laptops.
Check out AMD FirePro mobile solutions to learn more about the specific GPUs and which Dell and HP laptops include them.
Panasonic Toughbook is legendary for its ruggedness and is widely known for its reliability and durability, even in extreme operating conditions. The inclusion of AMD FirePro M5100 in the CF-54 series opens up new opportunities for architects, project managers and engineers who demand the ultimate combination of durability, reliability and workstation-class performance with certified application support for work in a semi-harsh indoor or outdoor environment.
Adidas wanted to find a way to energize Adidas wholesalers in Central Eastern Europe about marketing strategies and new product lines. They worked with the Czech agency XLAB to develop a complex projection mapping and multimedia solution using AMD FirePro GPUs with Eyefinity Technology.
XLAB used 4 Panasonic HD projectors driven by two AMD FirePro GPUs, to illuminate the stage setup from all angles with colorful 3D graphics and Adidas image videos. Models and images were created using Cinema 4D, Photoshop, After Effects and composited using Ventuz software. The projection mapping was coordinated with live presentations and performance.
I mentioned XLabs in a previous post for their work with AMD FirePros to create a 15 meter, real-time holographic-like projection at the Noise Poison Festival in Slovakia.
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