AMD FirePro and Dell talk Cloud and Data Center graphics at Australian User Forum

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 22, 2014

The AMD FirePro team was at the Dell User Forum Australia to answer questions about data center productivity using the FirePro S7000 in Dell Precision 720 workstations as well as thin client remote graphics using VMWare.

The event was held in style at Australia’s number one sporting venue - the Royal Randwick Racecours.

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Why Vancouver Film School chose AMD FirePro and HP Z workstation

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 21, 2014

Vancouver Film School describes how their students are able to use AMD FirePro graphics on HP Z Workstation to make their creative ideas a reality without waiting!  Software used includes Avid, Autodesk and Adobe

Bollywood director describes collaboration w/ AMD FirePro to create Indian epic film Baahubali

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 20, 2014

Bollywood film director SS Rajamouli describes the making of the Indian epic Telugu film Baahubali (coming in 2015) and how collaboration with AMD using FirePro technology enables him to translate influential comic book stories into a hi-fidelity film.  Machete VFX and ArkaMedia also chime in. The technology enables real-time rendering and real-time simulation to create the grandeur required for this VFX-oriented film. 

Barco Coronis Uniti - 1 display for both PACS and mammography - powered by AMD FirePro W7000

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 16, 2014

66% of radiologists want to see colors and grays on the same screen, with 84% of US radiologists reading both digital mammography and color PACS. Barco decided it was time to unify the workflow.  The new Barco Coronis Uniti is the world’s only display explicitly designed for PACS and breast imaging. 

The display is powered by the AMD FirePro W7000 to render rich content, while enabling fast-paced, dynamic and 3D medical imaging. This means the 12MP display display can deliver CT moving images, ultrasound, MRI/PET scans, multi-frame mammography, and digital breast tomosynthesis.  The Coronis Uniti display is also calibrated to meet the DICOM standard for grayscales, and to guarantee consistent, perceptually linear color. AMD has been Barco’s exclusive partner in medical imaging for more than 10 years!

Checkout the screen shots and the video below and see why people in medical imaging are so excited.

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Join AMD FirePro and Nick Pandher at the JPR Remote Graphics and Virtualization Conference

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 15, 2014

Remote workstations? Really? Can you really access graphics resources remotely? Why would you? What about latency?

If you're looking for answers, Jon Peddie Research and AMD FirePro invite you to attend Virtualize, the Remote Graphics and Virtualization Conference. This event will bring together people who are taking advantage of remote computing resources and companies offering virtualization tools, with people who want to know if these technologies are right for their organization.

AMD’s Nick Pandher, Sr. Business Development Manager, Professional Graphics – Cloud, will be a speaker at the event.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Find out what works, what doesn't work, and how to prepare for the future in Remote Graphics and Virtualization
  • Get hands-on explanations and advice from experienced advisors
  • Get a description of products and configurations available for different workflows
  • Interact with your peers and the leading vendors in a relaxed informative setting
  • Get the results of Jon Peddie's survey on the remote graphics and virtualization market

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Those needing powerful processing capability including professionals in engineering, design, analysis, and rendering for graphics intensive applications
  • IT professionals
  • Small, medium, and large companies looking for ways to extend powerful processing to more employees
  • Companies interested in improving their resources for collaboration and to optimize productivity, efficiency, and resource management

Location:
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, CA 94010

Register to attend

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How to choose the right virtual professional graphics workstation solution?

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 13, 2014
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Today, a virtual design session running on remote workstations can deliver nearly the same high-performance graphics as the workstation under your desk. You can choose to dedicate a professional GPU to your virtual session or use a shared, virtualized GPU.

CADplace has written an article to help you choose which is the right for you.

The article explains GPU pass-through, multi-user vGPU and compression.

Also be sure to check out the topically related story on RealVNC software real-time control and render of 3d simulation on a remote AMD FirePro W9100.

HP expands its AMD FirePro graphics footprint to 5 tower and 3 mobile workstations

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 08, 2014

In September and October of this year, HP has greatly expanded its AMD FirePro graphics footprint offering 3 mobile and 5 tower configurations using FirePro graphics (in 2013 there was 1 mobile and 2 towers configurations).

The new HP Z840, Z640 and Z440 desktop workstations now include AMD FirePro W2100, W5100 and W7100 GPUs (multi-display 4K capability, high compute performance, OpenCL 2 support and PCIe 3.0). The HP ZBook 15 G2 and 17 G2 mobile workstations feature AMD FirePro M5100 and M6100 mobile GPUs (4K display support, optimized drivers, power management). Check out the models and specs below.

Towers

HP Z440, HP Z640 & HP 7840
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HP Z230 Tower & HP Z230SFF
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Mobile

HP ZBOOK 15 G2 & HP ZBOOK 17 G2
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HP ZBOOK 14
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AMD FirePro Mobile Graphics Overview
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Pics from Adobe MAX 2014 and the AMD FirePro presence

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 07, 2014

Adobe MAX 2014 is in full swing with a focus on innovations in multitouch and sharing between mobile workflows such as working with a Premiere Pro clip on your iPad and then seamlessly switching over to your FirePro high performance workstation to finish editing, compositing and grading.

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Tags: Adobe, Events

AMD FirePro S9100 GPU - hi-performance HPC for budget conscious projects

Posted by Tony DeYoung on October 02, 2014
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Not too long ago AMD announced the top-of-line AMD FirePro S9150, the most powerful server GPU ever built for High Performance Computing (HPC). This 16GB card with 2.53 TFLOPs of peak double precision performance is ideal for the most compute intensive workloads that demand ultimate performance.

The new AMD FirePro S9100 server GPU is for more budget conscious deployments that still need equally exceptional performance for HPC. The 12GB FirePro S9100 delivers 2.11 TFLOPS peak double-precision and up to 9.4 GFLOPS per watt TDP double-precision performance. Like its big brother, it passively cooled for use in data centers and is fully equipped to handle supercomputing-caliber tasks with tremendous efficiency.

Read more about the AMD FirePro S9100 and check the product page for specs.

AMD FirePro contributes to the Open Source VFX movie project: Galactic Battles

Posted by Tony DeYoung on September 30, 2014

Galactic Battles is an open-source visual effects project to create a CG battle of epic proportions by pitting some of the most iconic Sci-Fi space ships against one another in an inter-galactic fight to the death as a short 15 min film with a real story line. Models being used include ships from Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Eve Online, and the Halo franchises.

AMD contributed a FirePro W7000 card to help render the scenes, some of which can exceed 20 million polygons. Software includes Maya for modeling, animation and rigging, Houdini for explosions and NUKE (NUKE 9 is OpenCL-accelerated) for post production.

See the trailer below:

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