CAD Workstation Webinar

[VIDEO] AMD FirePro Remote Graphics at Hannover Messe - 1 Workstation, 8 GPUs, 8 Remote CAD Users

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 30, 2015

This video from the Hannover Messe 2015 conference demos Sysgen’s remote graphics solution using 8 AMD FirePro R5000 cardd. This means that 8 Design and Engineering professionals can operate remotely from their thin or low power client PC/laptop and still operate with full 3D performance.

The demo shows a server hosting eight AMD FirePro R5000 cards running Solidworks and AutoCAD software accessed by the latest SAPPHIRE small format zero client using Terradici PC over Internet hardware. This configuration allows workstation performance to be accessed from anywhere, enabling workflows to be shared from different locations or with users in different time zone

HP ProLiant XL250a Gen9 Server now offers AMD FirePro S9150 for large server clusters

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 23, 2015

A few weeks back AMD and HP announced that AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs were an available configuration option for HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9, the world’s best-selling server. That combination targeted smaller deployments for academics and small business.

For organizations that want to build larger clusters, they can now get the power of AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs on the HP XL250a Gen9 Server, designed to support larger clusters for high performance compute.

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.


[VIDEO] MODO, MARI and NUKE running on single Mac Pro with dual AMD FirePro Graphics

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 22, 2015

In this video from NAB 2015, Mike Griggs demonstrates something amazing:  A single Mac Pro can drive a seamless and simultaneous workflow between MODO, MARI and NUKE by using the dual AMD FirePro GPUs on the Mac.

As Mike points out, even as a model is polygon optimizing in MODO, he can still be working in MARI to work in the textures - all at the same time.  Essentially he is running a 3-man workflow on just one one machine being controlled by one man!

This is a video worth watching to understand how to integrate MODO, MARI and NUKE and how they take advantage of AMD FirePro W-Series acceleration.

Post Magazine interviews AMD FirePro about what was announced at NAB 2015

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 22, 2015

This out-take video from Post Magazine shows a clip from an interview with AMD FirePro’s Melanie Ball about what was exciting and new at NAB 2015.

Melanie talks about the collaboration partnership with Avid for Media Composer, which is now supporting AMD FirePro on Mac and Windows, as well as with The Pixel Farm for its OpenCL-acceleartd PFTrack software.  She also describes OpenCL acceleration in Black Magic Davinci Resolve. The full interview can be viewed at

Tags: Events, OpenCL

Advanced Hands On OpenCL Tutorial at IWOCL sponsored by AMD FirePro and HP

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 21, 2015
imageAMD FirePro and HP will sponsor the Advanced Hands On OpenCL Tutorial at the International Workshop on OpenCL 2015, May 11, 2015 at Stanford University.

In this advanced, hands-on tutorial, we assume the attendee is already familiar with OpenCL, and has probably written at least one OpenCL program. The tutorial will focus on more advanced OpenCL concepts, such as:

  • Shipping kernel code,
  • Portable binaries with SPIR
  • OpenCL kernel compiler options
  • Kernel metaprogramming
  • Optimised host-device communications
  • Using multiple OpenCL devices
  • Performance portability
  • Coalesced memory accesses
  • Tuning work-group sizes
  • Vectorisation
  • OpenCL / OpenGL interoperability
  • The OpenCL ecosystem:
    • OpenCL 2.0 and future versions
    • OpenCL SPIR
    • OpenCL SYCL
    • OpenCL libraries
    • Other OpenCL resources

The tutorial will use a mix of OpenCL’s C and C++ host APIs. The format will be a 50/50 split between lectures and exercises. Attendees will need to use their own laptops (Windows, Linux or OS/X) and log into a remote server running an OpenCL platform. Alternatively, students can load OpenCL onto their own laptops prior to the course (Intel, AMD and NVIDIA provide OpenCL SDKs. Apple laptops with X-code include OpenCL by default. Be sure to configure X-code to use the command line interface).

The International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) is an annual meeting of OpenCL users, researchers, developers and suppliers to share OpenCL best practise, and to promote the evolution and advancement of the Khronos OpenCL standard.

Tags: Events, OpenCL

[WEBINAR] Choose the Right Workstation Hardware for CAD and Engineering Software

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 21, 2015

Join this Webinar with host Martyn Day from Develop3D, Scott Hamilton, Vertical Market Strategist from Dell, and Jon Clark, Senior Application Engineer from AMD, as they discuss the latest trends in product development, new CAD application features and how to ensure you have the optimal workstation to maximize your productivity and workflow performance.

This Webinar a must for anyone currently using or planning to upgrade to PTC Creo 3.0 or SolidWorks 2015.

  • New features in Creo 3.0
  • Learn how transparent objects in SolidWorks- 2015 can help you model faster
  • How to select or optimize your workstation to take advantage of new application features
  • How to select the optimal graphics card for your unique product development applications

More [PICS] form the AMD FirePro and SAPPHIRE booth at Hannover Messe 2015

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 15, 2015

AMD FirePro and SAPPHIRE are at Hannover Messe Industrial 2015 demonstrating large scale display walls and CAD visualization and analysis software solutions.




MODO, MARI and NUKE running on AMD FirePro in MacPro and Windows PCs at NAB 2015

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 14, 2015

Mike Griggs was in the AMD FirePro booth at NAB demoing what’s new in NUKE, MODO & MARI running on Windows and Mac systems equipped with AMD FirePro GPUs

PFTrack Camera tracking, Match Moving GPU accelerated using OpenCL on AMD FirePro at NAB 2015

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 14, 2015

At the AMD FirePro booth at NAB 2015, Pixel Farm is demoing PFTrack, their OpenCL accelerated solution for Camera Tracking, Match Moving and Scene integration layout for high end visual FX.

Tags: Events, OpenCL

[PICS] AMD FirePro and SAPPHIRE at Hannover Messe 2015

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 14, 2015

AMD FirePro and SAPPHIRE are at Hannover Messe, a huge Industrial manufacturing show where display walls and CAD visualization and analysis software play a significant role for process overviews and interactive collaboration

Smart VR Wall drive by two FirePro W9100s - 12K laser projection Smart VR Wall only 6m thick, running Autodesk VRED software


Tarox workstations w/ CAD certifed AMD FirePro W8100 + W7100 GPUs running SolidWorks 2015 and PTC Creo 3


Cloud-based Remote Graphics / VDI solution from Sysgen using AMD FirePro R5000 with a new SAPPHIRE Thin Client


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