At Computex 2014, AMD outlined new initiatives to support the acceleration of server-based workflows and workloads with its professional graphics products.
AMD SKY Technology and AMD STREAM Technology1 were unveiled as solutions to enhance centralized computing for commercial and consumer environments based on industry-recognized AMD professional graphics products. AMD STREAM Technology is designed to leverage the massively parallel processing power of the AMD FirePro™ S-Series server GPUs plus OpenCL™ to accelerate applications beyond just graphics. AMD SKY Technology enables AMD FirePro S-Series and AMD Radeon™ SKY Series graphics cards to power visual cloud applications in commercial and consumer workflows.
These AMD technologies are making it easier to take advantage of graphics acceleration for remote workstation, virtual workstations and applications, and cloud gaming deployments with SKY, and for HPC (high performance computing) workloads and compute intensive workflows with STREAM.
AMD SKY Technology offers the following support for accelerating graphics in the cloud:
- Hypervisor Support
- Multi-GPU Systems Support
- Multi-VM Shared GPU Support
- Remote Access & Display Software Support
- Hardware Accelerated Codecs2
AMD STREAM Technology offers the following support to accelerate compute intensive workloads:
- ECC Memory Support
- Fast Single & Double Precision Performance
- P2P Multi-GPU Support
- Bi-directional PCIe® Memory Transfers
- GPU Optimized OpenCL™ Libraries
AMD understands the importance of ongoing collaborations with key industry leaders within the software ecosystem to help extend and sustain our presence in the market.
During the AMD press conference at Computex, I was joined onstage by Barry Chen, General Manager Taiwan, from VMware Inc.
AMD and VMware announced certification for VMware Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration (vSGA) technology with AMD FirePro™ S-Series server cards including the AMD FirePro™ S7000 and AMD FirePro™ S9000 server graphics cards, and AMD FirePro™ W7000 workstation graphics card. With AMD FirePro cards, vSGA-configured virtual machines with the potential to run thousands of applications developed on Microsoft® DirectX® 9 and OpenGL 2.1 APIs. Designed to help streamline system management, help reduce costs and enhance user productivity, AMD SKY Technology plus AMD FirePro S-Series cards with vSGA support help to facilitate migrations from physical PCs to virtual machines. The result delivers high quality graphics performance while addressing GPU density with one GPU shared among multiple virtual machines.
Going forward AMD and VMWare plan to work closely together to further develop the ecosystem.
AMD is also pleased to announce that HP has chosen the AMD FirePro™ S4000X server module for its HP ProLiant WS460c Graphics Server Blade to reduce per user deployment cost as well as operational cost through its high user density. Support for the AMD FirePro S4000X module brings entry to mid-range workstation graphics performance to the blade server environments, with support for up to six displays per module, allows IT to deliver end-user desktops for CAD and Engineering, as well as financial services professionals, from a secure data center.
So now with the combination of AMD FirePro cards plus AMD SKY and AMD STREAM technologies, we are committed to increasing adoption of professional graphics cards in data centers for GPU Compute and Visual Cloud -- technologies designed to simplify deployment and ensure a high quality experience.
AMD will be rolling out more news in support for AMD SKY and AMD STREAM technologies at International Supercomputing Conference 2014 in Leipzig, Germany in booth #250 from June 23-25, 2014.
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1 Not all products feature support for every element of AMD STREAM or AMD SKY technology – check with your component or system manufacturer for specific model capabilities.
2 AMD does not provide a license/sublicense to any intellectual property rights relating to any to any standards, including but not limited to any audio and/or video codec technologies such as AVC/H.264/MPEG-4, AVC, VC-1, MPEG-2, and DivX/xVid.