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This year at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 (SWW17), AMD had the opportunity to showcase its advancements in the professional space. In booth 501, AMD bolstered its Radeon Pro technology and collaborative relationships with EpiGrid and CAVRNUS. EpiGrid delivers SOLIDWORKS from the cloud, and AMD demoed their technology on systems powered by AMD FirePro™ S7150 x2, offering security and flexibility to designers. CAVRNUS allows people to experience SOLIDWORKS in a virtual reality environment (VR), which was demonstrated with the Radeon Pro WX 7100 workstation graphics card.


Dell joined the AMD booth this year with their Precision series and their new 7720 mobile workstation featuring Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 graphics.  This is the first mobile solution to showcase the new Radeon Pro WX graphics card series for mobile workstations.




EpiGrid and SOLIDWORKS in the cloud – 579 miles away!

EpiGrid announced its cloud-based SOLIDWORKS offering earlier this year, delivering workstation-class graphics to virtually anywhere. This year, EpiGrid and AMD showed off SOLIDWORKS effortlessly running from 579 miles away to showcase the cloud technology in action at SWW17. The AMD FirePro S7150 x2 was running from a server in Atlanta in this demo.  AMD’s multi-user GPU (MxGPU) technology allows designers and engineers to optimize their SOLIDWORKS workflows simply and from virtually any device. This private-cloud solution provides the performance and security you need with predictable costs.





In collaboration with AMD, CAVRNUS ran a VR demo in the Radeon Pro booth with XConnect™ technology. CAVRNUS offers a revolutionary VR solution for collaborative design, interaction and education, which was powered by Radeon Pro WX 7100 graphics at the show. With lifelike environments, intuitive controls, on-the-fly CAD import, CAVRNUS is the most user-friendly and engaging collaborative VR solution for design and engineering professionals, whether they’re down the hall or across oceans. The VR solution is designed for creators and engineering professionals and SWW17 attendees had the opportunity to transverse into virtual lifelike CAD environments.

Those who had the opportunity to try the VR demo were deeply immersed in the design space. Being able to get close with objects and really inspect them offers new ways to design and adjust models. The CAVRNUS demo opens the door to new possibilities in the design space.

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS certified Radeon Pro WX graphics.



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Happy International Women’s Day to all AMDers! This is a day to celebrate the achievements of women globally and an opportunity in our local communities to drive for inclusion for everyone.


This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “Be Bold for Change.” I like the sound of that, because it requires us to think critically about how we can personally take steps to affect positive change. It’s the many little steps taken together that create big shifts in culture.


We know that we are stronger, bolder, and more innovative when a diverse mix of people with varied experiences work together to build great products. Having diversity of perspectives is only half the job – we must continue working to create a culture where everyone is empowered to speak up and be themselves every day. This means actively championing parity in the quality and quantity of career opportunities and development, and cultivating the next generation of company leaders, regardless of their gender or gender identity, nation of origin, race, age, or beliefs.


In the spirit of being bold for change, I’m committed to not only helping build great products, but I will build great relationships.  I will consider Friday an internal-email-free day. You should try it: If you receive an email from a colleague on a Friday, consider phoning them back or stopping by their cube if you’re in the same office and connect ‘in person’ instead of replying electronically. Get to know your colleagues better, have some real-time engagement and be more inclusive.  I will also not only think and hope, I will just do! This means: for the next few weeks, rather than thinking or hoping, just do. Catch yourself when you write or speak "I think we should..." or "I hope we can..."? and start over by removing "think" or "hope". You will immediately sound, and most importantly feel, more confident. A more confident workplace drives greater creativity, an openness to change and focus.


What action will you take to be bold for change this year in support of inclusion and equality?




Ruth Cotter, Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.