Media & Entertainment training event in India demos AMD FirePro and OpenCL

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 24, 2014

MAAC is India’s biggest Media & Entertainment education and training company. They recently held a technical session for all of their faculty in Goa. AMD FirePro was at the event demonstrating how the GPU uses OpenCL accelerated in in Autodesk Maya and Adobe PhotoShop and Premiere Pro CC.

The event was conducted over there days where more than 100 faculty members participated from various centers across the country, including representatives fron Sony Studio Chennai and Technicolor Studio Bangalore.

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Tags: Events, OpenCL

AMDFirePro W5000: small package delivers big results for mainstream CAD and design apps

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 23, 2014

CADPlace published an article on their SPECViewperf 12 test results for the AMD FirePro W5000.  The W5000 is priced at only $450 (street) but as you can see in their test results, delivers better OpenGL and DirectX performance in CAD applications than cards costing twice that.

Below are a few examples of the W5000 SPECviewperf 12 tests from the CADplace article.

Tags: Benchmarks

What if you could get the power of the new AMD FirePro W9100 at half the price?

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 21, 2014

Everyone is excited about the AMD FirePro W9100. Everyone wants one. The only caveat I have seen is the price ($3,999 list).

Jon Peddie Research ended their review saying:  The bottom line is this: if price is one of your major criteria, this isn’t a card to consider. But if you’re a high-demand user dealing with large, complex datasets, supporting projects with huge dollars in the balance, you’ll want to take a long, hard look at the FirePro W9100.

So what is you could get the AMD FirePro W9100 for half the price?
Well from now until July 18th 2014, you can via the “Experience AMD FIrePro” Promotion. It’s pretty simple:  Get a pre-approval code, buy a card, complete the cashback claim form.The cashback amount is equal to 50% of the purchase price, excluding taxes up to $1,995.

If you are in the US or Canda, this promotion is available at http://www.fireprographics.com/experience/us.

If you are in the EU or UK, this promotion is available at http://www.fireprographics.com/experience/uk.


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4k, 5K and 6K video workflows using OpenCL & GPU: AMD FirePro W9100 is Moore’s Law on steroids

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 14, 2014

This is a great interview and demo to understand the use of OpenCL and GPUs in the creation of efficient, productive 4K workflows with an example of full premium res debayer and full res playback at 6k!

Neil Smith from LumaForge and Hollywood DI demos using the GPU, OpenCL and the AMD FirePro W9100 for post production in 4K, 5K and 6K. The interview was from NAB 2014 from the Digital Cinema Society.

Projection Mapping for launch of new De Grisogono jewelry collection using AMD FirePro and Ventuz

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 11, 2014

For BaselWorld 2014, AV Professional used AMD FirePro GPUs and Ventuz software to present the new projection mapped display stand for De Grisogono jewlery and watches. A Ventuz workstation with AMD FirePro graphics framelocked and synched three Panasonic HD projectors to projection map videos and imagery around three sides of a sculpture made up of cubical elements. Warping and edge blending was handled by Ventuz software.

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AMD FirePro W9100 debuts in Beijing at InfoComm China 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 11, 2014

AMD’s JC Baratault presented the AMD FirePro W9100 to journalists at InfoComm China 2014 in Beijing with the assistance of SAPPHIRE.

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Tags: Events

AMD FirePro W9100 showing engineering modeling, rendering and simulation at Hannover Messe 2104

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 11, 2014

AMD FirePro is at Hannover Messe showing CAD/CAM/CAE workflows and simultaneous engineering in mind, combining complex modeling with sophisticated rendering and simulation.

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Tags: CAD, Events

AMD FirePro W9100 for visualization and simulation at Laval Virtual 2104 conference

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 10, 2014

AMD’s Bruno Stefanizzi wowed the crowd at Laval Virtual Conference and Exhibition of Virtual Technologies, with the newly launched AMD FirePro W9100.

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Tags: Events

Real-time raytracing using VRay RT 3.0 in 3ds Max using AMD FirePro W9100 and OpenCL

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 09, 2014

Demo from NAB 2014 of VRay RT 3.0 in 3ds Max using AMD FirePro W9100. The video compares CPU processing vs OpenCL-accelerated processing (20X) using the W9100. This is comparable performance to VRAY on Nivida Quadro using Cuda.

Devil Ears at NAB help create awareness for Silverdraft Ultra Workstation with AMD FirePro W9100

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 09, 2014

If you are at NAB 2014 you might have noticed a lot of people running around with Devil ears. This is a campaign to create awareness for the Devil Supercomputer, a Silverdraft Ultra Workstation with up to 4 AMD FirePro W9100 GPUs, 896 GB RAM, 6.4 TB SSD and 56MB InfiniBand connect.

Show attendees vist the Silverdraft booth OE1358 and grab a pair of Devil ears. They then go to the AMD FirePro booth to pose for a picture.  They tweet or Facebook that picture with hashtags #AMDFirePro #Silverdraft and #NABShow. Each posting/tweet gets earns then a raffle ticket for a cool prize.

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