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AMD Radeon ProRender is our fast, easy, and incredible physically-based rendering engine built on industry standards that can take your rendering to the next level on virtually any GPU, any CPU, and any OS1 in over a dozen leading digital content creation and CAD applications.

 

On-time for this week’s relaunch of GPUOpen, we have some exciting new announcements and releases, including some big changes for developers looking to integrate Radeon ProRender into their applications, a preview of our next-generation rendering engine, and new and updated plug-ins for Blender, Houdini, Maya, and Unreal Engine.

 

 

Now Even Easier for Developers to Implement

AMD Radeon ProRender Developer Suite, our complete toolkit of SDKs for developers looking to add physically-based rendering to their application’s workflow, has moved to a new home on GPUOpen -- relaunched this week with a brand-new website with a modern look and feel.

 

 

Along with this move, we have also made some important changes as to how we license Radeon ProRender for developers to make it even easier to work with. Our SDKs are now freely available under the permissive Apache License 2.0, simplifying the licensing agreement to use Radeon ProRender in your application.

 

On top of this new licensing model, we are also making open-source versions of all our Radeon ProRender plug-ins available on GPUOpen, which developers can use as examples of how to integrate our renderer into their application.


 

Updated SDKs, Including the Next Generation of AMD Rendering Software

The developer suite consists of three SDKs, AMD Radeon ProRender, AMD Radeon Rays, and the AMD Radeon Image Filter Library SDK, and in addition to the new home and licensing changes, we are made a few substantial updates. Firstly, a beta of the Radeon ProRender 2.0 SDK, the next generation of our rendering software, is now available.

 


Background image created by Yohsuke Nakano using Radeon ProRender for Maya and rendered using Render Pool, used with permission

 

AMD Radeon ProRender 2.0 adds several significant new features and improvements, including a new flexible shader node system, out-of-core support for heavy geometry, and improvements to our rendering algorithm designed for better convergence with the same samples per pixel. Radeon ProRender 2.0 also lets developers boost their applications’ rendering performance with improved CPU + GPU rendering2 – for example when tested with our internal render test with the just announced the AMD Radeon Pro VII plus the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X working together, render times were up to 47 percent faster.3

 

Lastly, we have released AMD Radeon Rays 4.0, an update to our high-performance ray intersection acceleration library. This latest version supports both AMD GPUs and CPUs as well as those of other vendors using DirectX 12 in addition to Vulkan APIs, has a custom AABB hierarchy, and includes GPU Bounding Volume Hierarchy (BVH) optimizations. Radeon Rays 2.0 is still available for developers needing OpenCL support.


 

New Plug-In for Unreal Engine

In addition to all the updates we have for developers, don’t think we’ve also forgotten our users. Today we’re also releasing our new Radeon ProRender plug-in for Unreal Engine which adds both our Vulkan API-based Full Spectrum Rendering technology and full OpenCL path-traced rendering to this popular application that is increasingly being used for more than just game development.

 



Our plug-in is fully integrated into Unreal Engine, and uses the existing lights, materials, and textures of any scene you’ve created – and as the Unreal’s Datasmith tool makes it simple to make Unreal Engine part of product and AEC visualization workflows, designers and architects can now easily create high-quality photorealistic renderings of their creations using Radeon ProRender.

 

Radeon ProRender for Unreal Engine also includes many of the features you would expect from our other plug-ins, such as AI-accelerated denoising, adaptive sampling, and native tone mapping and gamma controls.



Updated Plug-Ins, Including Support for Blender 2.83

Wait, there’s more – we don’t just have a new plug-in but also quite a few exciting new updates to our existing plug-ins. To start, for our Blender users, we have updated our plug-in to support the upcoming 2.83 release of Blender. We are also adding an OpenVBD volume node, improved export times for image files (when using 2.83), have added utilities for baking nodes, and have updated the installation process to load the plug-in through the Blender add-on preferences menu.

 

The Junk Shop scene created by Alex Treviño, original concept by Anaïs Maamar. Rendered by AMD using AMD Radeon ProRender for Blender

 

Our plug-in for Autodesk Maya now supports the latest version, 2020, and this update adds a ton of new and updated features, including support for Esphere's Ornatrix hair plug-in for Maya, support for rendering OpenVBD volumes, Radeon ProRender lights showing in the Maya Light Editor and HyperShade, support for more Maya shader nodes, camera motion blur, and various UI improvements.

 

Our newest plug-in before today’s release for Unreal Engine is our plug-in for SideFX Houdini 18 that works with SideFX Solaris, Houdini’s USD-based set of tools for lookdev, layout, and lighting. We have updated our plug-in to support the Houdini principled shader, improved the Radeon ProRender area lights, added motion blur support, and improved our OpenVDB volume rendering.


 

Try Out Our Next-Generation Rendering Engine Today

Lastly, as an extra treat for our dedicated Radeon ProRender users, we wanted to give you a sneak peek of Radeon ProRender 2.0 rendering – in our updated plug-ins for Blender and Maya (Windows versions only) you can now turn on an “experimental” beta Radeon ProRender 2.0 mode to preview some of the improvements our next-generation rendering engine brings to table. Keep in mind as an “experimental” feature, this mode should not be expected to be as stable as the standard rendering mode and is not recommended for use in production workflows, it’s just to give you a taste of what’s coming.



New and Updated Plug-Ins Available Now

Everything you’ve read about above is available today. Developers can visit GPUOpen to learn more about and download our latest Radeon ProRender SDKs and users can download our new and updated plug-ins from the link below.

 

For more information about Radeon ProRender, please check out our web page.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AMD RADEON PRORENDER DEVELOPER SUITE
DOWNLOAD THE RADEON PRORENDER 2.0 SDK BETA


LEARN MORE ABOUT RADEON RAYS 4.0

DOWNLOAD THE UPDATED PLUG-INS NOW

 

To provide feedback or report any issues please join our AMD Radeon ProRender Community.

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To discuss AMD Radeon ProRender with other users you can also join the AMD Radeon ProRender Discord.

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Footnotes:

Title image created by Serghei Nenov using Radeon ProRender for Maya

 

Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance render created by Mike Griggs using AMD Radeon ProRender for Cinema 4D. 3D model courtesy of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

  1. GPU or CPU support for OpenCL or Apple Metal required. Radeon ProRender supports Windows, macOS, and Linux.
  2. Only supported when using an AMD CPU + an AMD GPU.
  3. When using AMD Radeon ProRender 2.0 with support for GPU + GPU rendering, the AMD Radeon Pro VII GPU enables up to 16% faster render times when compared to CPU rendering alone, and the AMD Radeon Pro VII + AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X enables up to 47% faster GPU+CPU render times when compared to GPU rendering alone in the internal AMD “Breakfast room” render test. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 29, 2020 on the AMD Radeon Pro VII graphics card and pre-release AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.10 RC-Prime9, on a test system comprising an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, 64 GB DDR4 RAM, MSI TRX40 motherboard with BIOS version 1.22N3 at default settings, 500 GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro November 2019 Update. Benchmark Application: ran the Radeon ProRender 2.0 SDK internal AMD render test rendering the “Breakfast room” render test at 10 iterations and then calculated the average time in milliseconds of 35 runs for CPU, GPU, and CPU+CPU rendering (lower is better). AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X render time in ms: 2606.18. AMD Radeon Pro VII render time in ms: 2180.19. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X + AMD Radeon Pro VII render time in ms: 1163.21. Performance Differential GPU vs. CPU Rendering: (2606.18-2180.19)/2606.18*100 = ~16.35% faster rendering time using the AMD Radeon Pro VII GPU over the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X CPU. Performance Differential CPU+GPU vs. GPU Rendering: (2180.19-1163.21)/2180.19*100 = ~46.65% faster rendering time using the AMD Radeon Pro VII GPU + AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X CPU together over just the AMD Radeon Pro VII GPU. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-127
  4. AMD Infinity Fabric Link requires two Radeon Pro VII GPUs, a compatible bridge connector (either a two- or a three-slot bridge connector, both sold separately.), and Radeon Software for Enterprise driver 20.Q2 or later. Compatible software is currently limited to Radeon ProRender, but additional application compatibility is expected in future 3rd party software releases and are required to use the combined graphics memory of both cards. GD-169

Alexander Blake-Davies is a Professional Graphics Software Product Marketing Specialist for AMD. His postings are his 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. GD-5


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Today we’re pleased to announce our second enterprise driver release of the year, AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2, that continues to feature the quality, performance, security features, image quality, simplicity, and innovative features that our professional graphics users have come to expect. Read on to learn the highlights of what our new 20.Q2 enterprise driver delivers.

 

 

 

Improved Productivity with Year-Over-Year Performance Improvements
With our quarterly enterprise driver releases, we are continuously optimizing performance in every release, in part thanks to the close collaborations we have with leading ISV application developers. That means if you want to boost your productivity and turbocharge your workflows, it pays to update to our latest driver. For example, Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 is up to 14% faster in the geomean of the SPECviewperf 13 benchmark viewsets than last year’s 19.Q2 driver1 and you can expect to see additional performance improvements over the lifetime of your Radeon Pro graphics card2.

 

 

 

Rethink Power Efficiency with Intelligent Power Management
Our driver’s intelligent power usage management enables select AMD Radeon Pro graphics cards to choose the optimal power for different professional application workflows, and that doesn’t just include in manufacturing applications like SOLIDWORKS but also when using creative applications like Adobe Photoshop. When using our AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 driver, the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card used up to 18% less system power when running Photoshop than the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver3.

 

 

 

Radeon Pro is Designed for Multitasking
Today’s creative workflows very rarely involve working with one application at a time – you’re constantly switching between different applications and doing tasks in the foreground while you wait for more demanding tasks, such as rendering, to finish in the background. When it comes to multitasking AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise and AMD Radeon Pro graphics together deliver superior performance to our competition. When using SOLIDWORKS and CPU rendering with KeyShot 8 in the background, AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card when using Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 provides up to 2.4x the average performance versus the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver4.

 

Download Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 today!

 

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LEARN MORE ABOUT RADEON PRO SOFTWARE

 

 

Footnotes

  1. AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 is up to 14% faster in the geomean of the SPECviewperf 13 benchmark viewsets than AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 when using the Radeon Pro WX 4100 GPU. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 29, 2020, on a test system comprising of an Intel Xeon W-2125 4-core 4.50 GHz CPU, 32 GB RAM, Windows 10 for Workstations 64-bit October 2018 Update, System BIOS 1.11.1 at default settings, Radeon Pro WX 4100, AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2/AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2. Benchmark Application: ran the SPECviewperf 13 benchmark and then calculated the geomean of all viewsets (higher is better). AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2: 41.84. AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2: 36.86. Performance Differential: (41.84-36.86)/36.86*100 = ~13.51% better performance with AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 on the Radeon Pro WX 4100 graphics card. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-125
  2. See https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/radeon-pro-software for more details.
  3. The same computer equipped with the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card using AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 consumes up to 18% less average system power the PugetBench for Photoshop benchmark compared to the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver. 

    Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 20, 2020, on the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card and AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 and the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card with the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver, on a test system comprising an Intel Core i9-9900K, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming motherboard with BIOS version 12.0.22.1310 at default settings, 512 GB Intel 760p SSD, Windows 10 Pro November 2019 Update. Power was measured using the power using a Kill-A-Watt P3 P4400 wattmeter over the timespan of PugetBench for Adobe Photoshop v. 0.8 beta, commercial version. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PugetBench is from Puget Systems. RPW-312

  4. The AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card when using AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 provides up to 2.4x the average SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2019 benchmark  Graphics Composite performance while multitasking with KeyShot 8 CPU rendering when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 20, 2020, on the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card and AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 and the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card with the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver, on a test system comprising an Intel Core i9-9900K, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming motherboard with BIOS version 12.0.22.1310 at default settings, 512 GB Intel 760p SSD, Windows 10 Pro November 2019 Update. Benchmark application: the SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2019 benchmark Graphics Composite was run while KeyShot 8 CPU rendered an AMD internal 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations to simulate the application workflow performance with multitasking. Calculated the ratio between the two scores. AMD Radeon Pro W5700 SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2019 benchmark Graphics Composite average overall test results score with KeyShot 8 CPU rendering a 3d model: 2.17. NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2019 benchmark Graphics Composite average overall test results score with KeyShot 8 CPU rendering a 3d model: 0.91. Difference in performance while multitasking between the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card and the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card (2.17/0.91) = 2.38x the average SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2019 benchmark Graphics Composite performance (while multitasking with KeyShot 8 CPU rendering a 3d model) for the AMD Radeon Pro W5700. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-316


Alexander Blake-Davies
is a Professional Graphics Software Product Marketing Specialist for AMD. His postings are his 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. GD-5

 

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2020 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Adobe and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe in the United States and/or other countries. KeyShot is a registered trademark of Luxion, Inc. in the US and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. NVIDIA, Quadro, and Quadro RTX are trademarks or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation. SOLIDWORKS is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and other countries. SPEC, SPECapc, SPECviewperf, and SPECworkstation are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Learn more at www.spec.org. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

Keep on Creating at Home

The world recently has become a very different place, with so many of us working remotely at home, staying safe with our families, and supporting all the essential and healthcare workers on the frontlines of the current crisis.

 

While some professionals are already used to working remotely, already equipped with a workstation desktop at home or using a powerful workstation notebook (such as the AMD Radeon Pro-powered HP ZBook 14u and 15u Mobile Workstations*) -- there are still many 3d artists, architects, designers, and engineers who need remote access to a more powerful system to get their work done.

 

Thankfully, AMD has several technologies and partnerships that can help both individual professionals and IT managers to overcome some of the challenges they are facing and better enable themselves or their teams to work from home.

Our offerings encompass both remotely connecting to the existing workstation hardware already on your office desk or in your company’s server rack using AMD Remote Workstation1, AMD powered Microsoft Azure NVv4 virtual desktops and workstations in the cloud, and AMD Radeon Pro ReLive, our professional-grade solution for high-resolution screen capture, recording, and video streaming.

 

Below are some links to resources where you can learn more about our remote working technologies, along with some links to useful articles from some of our partners.



Create Your Best Work Anywhere with AMD Remote Workstation
AMD Remote Workstation lets you access your physical workstation, either on your desk or in your datacenter, from virtually anywhere with rich graphics acceleration via leading remote visualization tools such as Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops* or Microsoft Remote Desktop*.



AMD Powered Microsoft Azure NVv4 Workstations in the Cloud
Powered by 2nd generation AMD EPYC CPUs and AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs, Microsoft Azure NVv4 instances deliver security-focused and affordable GPU-accelerated virtualized desktops and workstations in the cloud.



Create, Capture and Collaborate with AMD Radeon Pro ReLive
Built into AMD Radeon Pro Software, AMD Radeon Pro ReLive is our solution for recording and streaming professional workflows when using professional applications helping you collaborate, present, train, and provide customer support while working from home.



Partner Resources
Here are some useful links to content some of our partners have posted about working from home in these challenging times.*

 

 

Additional Resources

 

*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


Footnotes

  1. Compatible with AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100, 3100, 3200, 4100, 5100, 7100, 8200, 9100, and AMD Radeon Pro W5500 and W5700 GPUs. Remote Workstation functionality requires AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise driver 18.Q4 or newer plus purchase and installation of Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops or Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. RPS-50

Alexander Blake-Davies is a Professional Graphics Software Product Marketing Specialist for AMD. His postings are his 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. GD-5

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