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[Originally posted on 10/02/18 by Jamie Gwilliam]

 

AMD continues its support of nurturing talent and knowledge within the Autodesk® 3ds Max® community by supporting a key user group in London.

 

A user group has always been one of the best ways to informally learn from the experience of others, particularly when using software you repeatedly rely on. This ethos remains at the heart of the 3ds London User group, and since its inception over 14 years ago the user group has gone from strength to strength.

 

From the beginning, the monthly meetup in central London has hosted presentations from many of the UK’s top studios working in architectural visualisation, visual effects, animation, games, architecture and immersive design, as well as most leading software brands in the M&E (Media & Entertainment) and AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) industries.

 

For those not aware of this unofficial Autodesk® 3ds Max® focused meetup, the gathering attracts an average of 200 attendees all eager to share tips and tricks over a drink. This central London gathering occurs on the first Wednesday of every month allowing users to discuss ideas, technical methods and behind-the-scenes of key projects, whilst enjoying a relaxed and friendly traditional pub atmosphere near the iconic British Museum. Whilst traditional presentations form the backbone of the meetups, what drives people to keep attending is the wealth of knowledge and experience shared within the venues cellar bar.

 

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Although the user group has moved around London in previous years it’s kept a strong following of some of the UK’s biggest brands and studios. The ethos of the user group is to be free to attend and for all abilities. This attitude has kept the sharing of information freely flowing while nurturing new talent within the local community (although it’s not usual for attendees to travel for a number of hours to attend.).

 

This ‘open to all’ principle is one that is close to AMDs own philosophy by helping to ensure users are not locked into proprietary methods. With it comes some challenges for the user group though, to keep serving its 1300 registered members, the user group needed support. With sponsorships already from a number of local companies, AMD has now become the technology partner of the user group, ensuring the community continues to expand and be supported during its bright future.

 

“As organizers of 3ds London, we’re thrilled to have the backing and support of AMD as a technology partner. This will allow us to build the best 3D meetup for our community while maintaining the friendly casual atmosphere everyone enjoys.”

 

– Simon Moir, 3ds London co-organiser.

 

It is not unusual to see AMD supporting the wider advancements of an industry, and recently became headline sponsor for the 2018 Annual CGarchitect awards, an online competition showcasing the best Architectural Visualisation talent in the world. You can read more about this here and explore the amazing winners’ work.

 

This commitment from AMD to supporting talent is echoed in the partnership of localised user groups like 3ds London. The ability to do so is of course driven by its hardware adoption and AMD has recently seen a renewed vibrancy within the community of 3D professionals, whether it’s from its ground-breaking CPU offerings like AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ or its high-end GPUs, like the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics.

 

For rendering, the 32-core Ryzen™ Threadripper™ desktop processor is the World’s Most Powerful Desktop Processor1 offering blazing fast rendering speeds in industry standard plugins like Chaos Group V-Ray. Its professional range of GPUs continue to gain momentum with the launch of innovative technology like High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) which offers up three times4 more bandwidth per watt than typical GDDR5 memory, and 94% less surface area5 ., which is hugely important when using large project files and textures within tools like Autodesk® 3ds Max®.

 

You may also be interested in a latest report into AMDs drivers. This new report,2 from QA Consultants3, a Toronto-based software testing and quality assurance firm, has put six of AMD’s most popular cards to the test (high, medium and budget level cards) against the competitive equivalent. QA Consultants found AMD to have “the most stable driver in the industry.”

 

You can read more on this topic here.

 

“The AMD team has recognised the huge potential that 3ds London has to offer all 3D enthusiasts and professionals working in the industry. It’s a fantastic networking event and having AMD as a partner will mean we keep raising the bar for our members.”

 

– Nigel Hunt, 3ds London co-organiser and SiNi software CEO.

 

To become a member and be kept informed of the next speakers at the 3ds London User Group, please register with them directly. There is a wealth of information and big plans on being able to share more of this content online with you. Connect with the user group here. The next meetup planned for October features an impressive line-up of speakers, with the likes of RealtimeUK making a welcome return to the group. You can see a full list on the previous meetup page link.

 

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For those reading this further afield, you may like to explore the following interview on a high-end London Arch Viz studio and the challenges they face on projects ranging from complex animations to unusual VR. More stories will be added over the next few months. Read the interview.

 

AMD is proud to support the 3ds London User Group and continue supporting great talent.

 

Make sure you go and say Hello at the next meetup.

 

 

 

Jamie Gwilliam is a Sr. Market Development Manager for AEC at 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

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES:

1- Testing by AMD Performance labs as of 6/26/2018 on the following system. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Results may vary based on driver versions used. Test configuration: AMD ‘Whitehaven’ X399 Socket sTR4 Motherboard + AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 2990WX + Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 9 + Core i9-7980XE. Both systems feature GeForce GTX 1080 (driver 24.21.13.9793), 4x8GB DDR4-3200, Windows 10 x64 Pro (RS3), Samsung 850 Pro SSD. "Power” defined as computational processing power as represented by the cinebench R15 processor benchmark The Core i9-7980XE achieved an average of 3335.2 points in the benchmark, while the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX achieved an average of 5099.3, or (5099.3/3335.2=153%) 53% faster than the Intel Core i9-7980XE. RP2-1

2- “Graphics Driver Quality – Determination of Stability from Leading Market Vendors”- https://www.amd.com/system/files/documents/graphics-driver-quality.pdf

3- In May 2018, AMD commissioned QA Consultants to independently evaluate the stability of several of the latest graphics drivers from both AMD and NVIDIA.

4- Testing conducted by AMD engineering on the AMD Radeon™ R9 290X GPU vs. an HBM-based device. Data obtained through isolated direct measurement of GDDR5 and HBM power delivery rails at full memory utilization. Power e¬ciency calculated as GB/s of bandwidth delivered per watt of power consumed. AMD Radeon™ R9 290X (10.66 GB/s bandwidth per watt) and HBM-based device (35+ GB/s bandwidth per watt), AMD FX-8350, Gigabyte GA-990FX-UD5, 8GB DDR3-1866, Windows 8.1 x64 Professional, AMD Catalyst™ 15.20 Beta. HBM-1

5- Measurements conducted by AMD Engineering on 1GB GDDR5 (4x256MB ICs) @ 672mm2 vs. 1zGB HBM (1x4-Hi) @ 35mm2 . HBM-2

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©2018 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, FirePro, Threadripper, Radeon and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies. GD-28

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[Originally posted on 11/14/18]

 

Today, we are releasing our latest quarterly AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise driver, 18.Q4, which includes the new Day Zero Application Certification program, updates to the Remote Workstation feature introduced with the 18.Q3 driver (including support for more AMD Radeon™ Pro WX graphics cards), expansion of our unified “One Driver” with support for AMD Radeon™ Graphics, and productivity boosts for enterprise professionals with performance improvements in some key applications.

 

Additionally, there are updates to Radeon™ ProRender, our powerful physically-based rendering engine – we are adding real-time viewport ray tracing to the Radeon™ ProRender SDK for developers and the Radeon™ ProRender plug-in for PTC® Creo® is now available.

 

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Day Zero Certification Program

All our Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise drivers are designed to be certification ready, and today we are introducing our Day Zero Certification Program, which means many professional applications will be certified before the latest enterprise driver is released 1. That means professionals can enjoy the latest features and improved performance of a newly posted enterprise driver along with the benefits of certification on the day the driver is released.

 

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Enhanced Remote Workstation Features

With the remote workstation IP built into AMD Radeon™ Pro Software you can access the full GPU-accelerated experience of your AMD Radeon™ Pro WX graphics card from virtually anywhere using Citrix® XenDesktop® 7.15+ 2 and Microsoft® Windows® Remote Desktop Services (RDS). With the 18.Q4 driver, we’ve expanded support to include the Radeon™ Pro WX 4100, WX 5100, and newly released WX 8200 (in addition to the originally supported WX 7100 and WX 9100).

 

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Simplified “One Driver” Deployment for ALL

Our customers say that for every enterprise user that creates content with professional graphics cards there are approximately ten who consume that content with consumer graphics cards 3. Because of this, we are now including AMD Radeon™ graphics support in the downloadable Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 unified driver package to bring many of the benefits of Radeon™ Pro Software, such as stability and better security, to knowledge workers.

 

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Performance Improvements

When compared to last year’s 17.Q4 driver (for both Media and Entertainment and Design and Manufacturing workflows), Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 has up to 13 percent better performance in PTC® Creo® 4, up to 67 percent in Autodesk® Maya® 5, and up to 89 percent better performance in SPECviewperf® 13 Medical-02. 6

 

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Real-Time Viewport Ray Tracing

For more realistic views of designs in professional application viewports, Radeon™ ProRender Real-Time Viewport Ray Tracing takes advantage of the speed of rasterization combined with the visual benefits of ray tracing and is now available in the Radeon™ ProRender SDK for developers to integrate into their application. Contact your AMD ISV Alliance manager for details.

 

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Radeon™ ProRender for PTC® Creo®

Our new freely available plug-in enables designers and engineers to quickly and easily create incredibly rendered visualizations of their products when using PTC® Creo®. It also enables easy exporting of designs to Unreal® Engine for VR visualization when used with the AMD Radeon™ ProRender Game Engine Importer.

 

 

Download AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4

 

Download the AMD Radeon™ ProRender plug-in for PTC® Creo®

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. His/her postings are his/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. GD-5

 

Footnotes:

  1. Targeted applications for the Day Zero Certification Program include Adobe® Premiere® Pro, Lightroom®, Autodesk® AutoCAD®, Inventor®, Revit®, Maya®, 3ds Max®, MotionBuilder®, Mudbox®, Fusion 360™, SIEMENS Solid Edge®, NX™, Teamcenter®, Tecnomatix®, SideFX Houdini™, Bentley Systems® MicroStation®, ContextCapture®, LumenRT®, MSC Software Apex®, Marc®, SimXpert®, Patran®, ANSYS® Discovery™ AIM®, CFX®, HFSS, Q3D Extractor®, Maxwell®, Simplorer®, Twin Builder™, SIwave™, EnSight™, Fluent®, ICEM CFD™, Icepak®, Mechanical™ , Mechanical™ APDL, Meshing™, Polyflow®, SpaceClaim® Direct Modeler, TurboGrid™, and DesignModeler™. Applications listed are targeted for certification and certification may be pending.
  2. Citrix® XenDesktop® license required.
  3. Based on AMD customer interviews.
  4. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 is up to 13% faster in PTC® Creo® 4.0 than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Oct 25, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4. Benchmark Application: OCUS PTC® Creo® 4 Graphics Related tasks TOTAL (results in seconds, lower is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 score: 220 sec. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 score: 195 sec. Performance Differential: (220-195)/195*100 = ~12.82% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-38
  5. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 is up to 67% faster in Autodesk® Maya® than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Oct 25, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 13 maya-05. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 score: 151.11. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 score: 252.19. Performance Differential: (252.19-151.11)/151.11*100 = ~66.89% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-39
  6. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 is up to 89% faster in SPECviewperf® 13 medical-02 than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Oct 25, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 12.1 medical-02. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 score: 34.75. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 score: 65.80. Performance Differential: (65.80-34.75)/34.75*100 = ~89.35% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-40

 

Attribution:

© 2018 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, and Maya are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. PTC and Creo are trademarks or registered trademarks of PTC Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and in other countries. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other jurisdictions. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

You’re always on the go. Your phone tags along. So does your email. So do your web apps. So why leave your workstation behind?

 

We think there’s more to a creative experience than being glued to a cubicle. This challenged us to rethink what a workstation experience could be. An experience that’s the same as in the office: whether you’re at a customer site, traveling, or simply in the comfort of home.

 

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Our belief in creative freedom led to AMD Remote Workstation - a technology that ships today with most Radeon™ Pro WX graphics products. Compatible with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenApp & XenDesktop) and Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection, AMD Remote Workstation represents the culmination of deep software and hardware integration enabling efficient desktop capture and streaming.

 

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Announced today, AMD Remote Workstation is available on the HPE Edgeline Engineering Workstation with Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 graphics, built for professionals on the go.

 

Technology evangelist Thomas Poppelgaard had this to say about the solution:

 

“HPE Edgeline EL4000 and M710x with AMD Radeon Pro WX 4100 delivers a great user experience in high-end CAD/CAM workflows.”

 

More information about the HPE Edgeline EL4000 Engineering Workstation (EWS) can be found here and information about the HPE – Citrix Alliance here.

 

Creatives make their best when they’re free to explore. Where will you go?

 

Emil Salavat, Senior Software Product Management Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. His/her postings are his/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. GD-5

 

©2018, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., All rights reserved. AMD, and the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

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Dassault Systèmes® CATIA is one of the premiere software suites used for product development and product lifecycle management (PLM). It has been one of the the CAD leaders in automotive and aerospace in particular. Dassault Systèmes was one of the pioneers of computer-aided design (CAD), and its software has been used to design everything from passenger cars to military jets over the years.

 

The modern iterations of CATIA, and a host of many other design and simulation tools such as SIMULIA and DELMIA, are all rolled into Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform. These applications have complete interoperability with each other, enabling powerful end-to-end digital continuity and collaborative PLM solutions.

 

3DEXPERIENCE R2019x was officially released today, and AMD is excited to announce that its Radeon™ Pro WX-series graphics products have already been fully certified by Dassault Systèmes for the new release. For the second year in a row, AMD Radeon™ Pro graphics is primed and ready to power 3DEXPERIENCE on release day.

 

Certification is a critical requirement for enterprise customers, as it ensures that Dassault Systèmes has tested AMD’s graphics hardware and software for flawless operation with its application suite. 3DEXPERIENCE is a highly complex application, which is why AMD has partnered closely with Dassault Systèmes to guarantee that its graphics products deliver the rock stable functionality that the top 3DEXPERIENCE customers demand.

 

For more information about 3DEXPERIENCE R2019x, visit Dassault Systèmes' website

For more information about AMD Radeon™ Pro for CATIA, visit www.amd.com/catia

 

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Antoine Reymond is a Sr. Market Development Manager for Manufacturing at 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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[Originally posted on 01/27/17]

 

How today’s professionals and enterprise workstation users work is rapidly changing. Working remotely regularly is more common place and the adoption of new technologies is transforming CAD/engineering, visualization and prototyping, and content creation workflows. One tool that is an effective solution to help improve productivity and creativity is video capture. Using video to communicate ideas can help with collaboration, accelerates decision-making, enhances training, and improves customer communication.

 

Despite its obvious benefits, up until now incorporating video capture into professional workflows has been challenging, with existing solutions either not being designed for workstation use or having too high of a performance penalty. That changed with the release of Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition last month, which includes Radeon Pro ReLive software that enables GPU-accelerated capturing and recording of professional workflows with minimal performance impact.

 

 

With AMD’s release of the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1, Radeon Pro ReLive is now also available for users who require the performance, stability, and rock-solid reliability of our Enterprise Software along with the ability to capture their workflows for collaboration, presentation, training, and customer support.

 

These are the four key use cases of Radeon Pro ReLive we believe benefit workstation users the most, and we’d like to take you through each of these in more detail to show the benefits that our video capture solution, including its minimal impact on performance, can bring to your workflows.

 

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Collaboration

Sharing ideas through collaboration is critical to the success of any creative endeavor, and video has become the ubiquitous medium for communicating ideas in the post-information age internet-based video sharing platforms. When working with others, video is often the most concise way to communicate your ideas — by using Radeon Pro ReLive to capture your workflow, you can enhance your colleagues’ understanding of what you hope to achieve and make it easy for them to help you when you come up against any roadblocks, accelerating the creative process.

 

A great example of how Radeon Pro ReLive can be used with a workstation media and entertainment application such as Autodesk® Maya®, would be to use ReLive to capture a short video highlighting all the main points of some new attributes you added to an animation so you can more effectively communicate your vision to your team, instead of having to explain it with text and screenshots in an email.

 

Because ReLive gives you up to 129 percent faster performance in Maya when recording at 60fps than when recording at 30fps with a screen capture application like TechSmith Camtasia1, your colleagues will be able to view your work with negligible quality or performance degradation. Similarly, if you are a designer working with a CAD solution such as Siemens® NX™, you’ll also find that ReLive enables much better performance (up to 148 percent2) when capturing compared to Camtasia.

 

Presentation

Effectively presenting your work to your company’s decision makers or to customers to update them on its progress is also an integral part of any project, and video can often be the most effective way to do this. With its ability to record audio and add a voiceover for additional explanation, using Radeon Pro ReLive to create the video for your presentation will allow for better decisions to be made, fast.

 

Complex detailed designs in applications like Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS® can require a lot of system resources and if you want to record a video of your design to show to your senior management you’ll want to use a tool that nominally affects your PC’s performance; Radeon Pro ReLive allows for up to 196 percent better performance in SOLIDWORKS when compared to Camtasia.

 

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Training

In any organization that produces physical products designed with CAD solutions, you’ll find that the majority of users simply need to view the CAD data, rather than have full access to the design software itself. At the same time, when sharing that data, you still want to be showing the actual original product design, rather than a less-detailed representation.

 

What better way to do this than to use Radeon Pro ReLive to record a video of the product that can be viewed on virtually any device instead of having users open the actual CAD files, which would require additional (and costly) application licenses? When working in the media and entertainment industry, ReLive can be used to record a particularly complex visual effect workflow so additional artists can be trained to duplicate it. The ReLive video capture of a product can also be used to help train external parties by showing them the actual product designs, too.

 

In addition to being able to record audio for a voiceover, Radeon Pro ReLive can also capture the output from your webcam in a repositionable and resizable window that can be used to add a human presence to the training videos you create.

 

Customer Support

Using Radeon Pro ReLive to provide customer support is a similar use case to training, in that you can capture and create videos to help with troubleshooting. But when it comes to support, it’s a two-way street, and to effectively resolve an issue the customer also must be able to clearly communicate what the problem is. If they are also using Radeon Pro Software, they can record the issue with ReLive and share the video so the problem can be quickly identified and the case can be closed. Again, the option to be able to record audio and a webcam overlay can allow customers to better communicate their problem to your support team.

 

Easy In-App Capturing of Professional Workflows

As is evident from the above, Radeon Pro ReLive, AMD’s powerful professional-grade solution for high-resolution screen capture and recording, is the ideal tool for workstation users who wish to improve their creativity and productivity through video capture to collaborate, present, train, and support.

 

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Radeon Pro ReLive is free and integrated within Radeon Pro Settings and can record GPU-accelerated H.265 High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) video at up to 4K resolution4. H.265 video’s smaller (up to 44% smaller compared to H.264 AVC video5 when using ReLive) file size enables faster data transfers when sharing recorded workflows. ReLive includes an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, a repositionable application toolbar, and a resizable and repositionable webcam overlay.

 

You can read more about Radeon Pro ReLive and download it as part of our latest Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition and the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1 at http://www.amd.com/radeonprorelive.

 

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES:

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Lab as of Oct 13th, on the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 on the test system: System: DELL Precision Tower 5810 Workstation CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1603 v3 2.80GHz (4 cores, 4 logical processors), Memory: 64GB RAM, OS: Win10 Pro 64-bit Build 14393, Radeon Pro Driver: 16.50, Storage: SK Hynix SSD 512GB. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf 12.1 under official run settings with ReLive/Camtasia recording the video. Subtest: maya-04. ReLive is recording the video at 60fps and Camtasia is recording the video at 30fps. Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with ReLive) score: 65.69. Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with Camtasia) score: 28.66. Performance Differential: 65.69/28.66 = ~129.20% higher score on Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with ReLive). PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-31

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Lab as of Oct 13th, on the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 on the test system: System: DELL Precision Tower 5810 Workstation CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1603 v3 2.80GHz (4 cores, 4 logical processors), Memory: 64GB RAM, OS: Win10 Pro 64-bit Build 14393, Radeon Pro Driver: 16.50, Storage: SK Hynix SSD 512GB. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf 12.1 under official run settings with ReLive/Camtasia recording the video. Subtest: snx-02. ReLive is recording the video at 60fps and Camtasia is recording the video at 30fps. Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with ReLive) score: 70.64. Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with Camtasia) score: 28.47. Performance Differential: 70.64/28.47 = ~148.12% higher score on Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with ReLive). PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-32

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Lab as of Oct 13th, on the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 on the test system: System: DELL Precision Tower 5810 Workstation CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1603 v3 2.80GHz (4 cores, 4 logical processors), Memory: 64GB RAM, OS: Win10 Pro 64-bit Build 14393, Radeon Pro Driver: 16.50, Storage: SK Hynix SSD 512GB. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf 12.1 under official run settings with ReLive/Camtasia recording the video. Subtest: sw-03. ReLive is recording the video at 60fps and Camtasia is recording the video at 30fps. Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with ReLive) score: 88.11. Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with Camtasia) score: 29.69. Performance Differential: 88.11/29.69 = ~196.77% higher score on Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with ReLive). PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-33

As of January 24, 2017, Radeon ReLive H.265 HEVC video recording only available on desktop discrete Radeon™ Pro WX series products.

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Lab as of Nov 18th, on the test system: System: DELL Precision Tower 5810 Workstation CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1603 v3 2.80GHz (4 cores, 4 logical processors), Memory: 64GB RAM, OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Build 14393, Graphics: AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, Graphics Driver: 16.50, Storage: Samsung SSD 850 Pro 512GB. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf 12.1 under official run settings with ReLive AVC/HEVC capturing the desktop while running 3ds max-05 subtest. Subtest: 3ds max-05. For first round, using AVC encoding, ReLive records the video at 60fps, 1080p and 20Mbps. For second round, using HEVC encoding, ReLive records the video at 60fps, 1080p and 10Mbps, which outputs video of the same quality for AVC at 10Mbps. ReLive AVC recorded video file size: 459MB. ReLive HEVC recorded video file size: 257MB. Performance Differential: (459-257)/459 = ~44.01% smaller recorded video file size on ReLive HEVC encoding. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. HEVC acceleration is subject to inclusion/installation of compatible HEVC players. RPW-65</li>

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[Originally posted on 03/14/17]

 

According to their website, “The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.” Virtual Reality has become a big part of SXSW, and this year there are over 80 sessions dedicated to AR and VR. One of the most exciting aspects of VR is how this new medium is transforming the future of newsgathering and giving journalists dramatically new ways to tell stories.

 

In 2016, AMD collaborated with the Associated Press to tell stories in this new format, producing a series of 360 journalism pieces. At SXSW, the “Virtual Reality: The Next News Experience” panel is taking place today, March 14, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Austin Texas Ballroom 5-7. The panel will feature AMD’s Head of VR and Software Marketing Sasa Marinkovic and AP’s Interactive Editor Nathan Griffiths launching a conversation covering the latest advances in immersive journalism, including an overview of AMD’s Radeon Loom 360-degree video stitching technology.

 

VR in Journalistic Storytelling

In addition to our collaboration with the AP, AMD has been working closely with other leaders in VR journalism. This past December we partnered with Time Inc.’s LIFE VR virtual-reality initiative and HTC to bring you the Remembering Pearl Harbor HTC Vive experience, and we worked with immersive journalism pioneer Nonny de la Peña’s Emblematic Group on the acclaimed Out of Exile: Daniel’s Story. Out of Exile was created with Radeon GPUs, and was nominated for a VR Journalism award at the 2017 Lumiere Awards.

 

In recognition of the important journalistic work these partners have created, we’ve put together a video featuring Nonny de la Peña, LIFE VR’s Mia Tramz, and AP’s Siri Abrahamson about the importance of how technologies like VR can help journalists tell their stories in a more impactful and immersive way.

 

 

According to Nonny de la Peña, VR is important for journalists because it gives them “an opportunity to really create a connection,” and helps create empathy because “if you feel like you are there, you feel like it can happen to you too.” Mia Tramz thinks that the “surprise and awe” that VR can generate is significant, and VR’s “sense of magic even in journalistic storytelling is really important.”

 

AP’s Siri Abrahamson relates that they are “constantly having to try to find new ways to tell stories and to share news,” and technology like VR “is what helps us to tell those stories better.”

 

Radeon Loom Adds Immediacy to Immersion

With immediacy being of critical importance to telling many news stories, using technologies to accelerate the creation process is paramount. By using Radeon technology Nonny de la Peña has been able to get stories out publicly quickly that would have previously taken “days and days to get out there."

 

 

Radeon Loom takes this to the next level — enabling a new breed of 360-degree video journalists to create the amazing VR journalism stories of tomorrow. While some news stories can wait, in today’s connected world that runs at breakneck speed, many cannot, especially those we consider “breaking news” events.

 

Radeon Loom addresses the formidable challenges of real-time live stitching of 360 videos, which will allow journalists to show even “breaking news” stories in 360-degree video, creating the ultimate immersive experience of events as they unfold. Imagine how impactful watching the upcoming March for Science and its 395 Satellite Marches in VR will be as they take place across the globe next month!

 

You can learn more about Radeon Loom at www.amd.com/radeonloom.

 

VR Lounge

 

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Along with our VR in Journalism panel, AMD will also be showcasing several VR demos and experiences at our VR Lounge that runs from March 14 – 16 at SXSW.

 

The SXSW AMD VR Lounge is located in the JW Marriott, Room 402 – 110 E 2nd St, Austin, and opens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16.

 

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

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[Originally posted on 05/04/17]

 

Accelerate real-time design decisions and create the next-generation of immersive experiences.

Virtual Reality is transforming the world as we know it and revolutionizing professional workflows for designers, artists, and creators, boosting creativity, enhancing collaboration, and improving productivity. With VR, architects, designers, and engineers can visualize and interact with their creations in ways they never imagined, accelerating design cycles.

 

Creative professionals in media and entertainment can create the next-generation of immersive experiences for their audiences, take previz to the next level, stitch 360-degree video in real-time, and create VR content in VR. Design and manufacturing professionals can integrate applications supporting CAD and 3D model game engine visualization in VR and virtual prototyping.

 

 

Create and Experience VR content — Using the Same Workstation

With Radeon Pro Software’s support for AMD LiquidVR™ technology and Radeon VR Ready Creator1 graphics cards like the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, professionals can create VR content and assess the VR user experience all on the same workstation.

 

AMD’s innovative LiquidVR™ technology enables professional VR workflows by simplifying and optimizing VR application creation, enabling compatible Radeon™ Pro graphics cards to unlock features designed to work seamlessly with compatible VR headsets – features like Affinity Multi-GPU for a scalable experience with multiple GPUs, and MultiView Rendering for enhanced performance.

 

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Radeon VR Ready Creator products like the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, Radeon™ Pro Duo, and AMD FirePro™ W9100 graphics cards empower workstation professionals with powerful and capable VR design tools.

 

Pro VR for Design and Engineering

Radeon VR Ready Creator graphics cards and Radeon Pro Software – combined with the right hardware and applications – enables advanced visualization in VR for architects, designers, and engineers. Using tools like our newly announced Radeon ProRender Game Engine Importer, designers can easily import their geometry and materials from CAD applications into game engines such as Unreal Engine and view them in VR, for both internal reviews and to showcase their latest creations, facilitating the next-generation of customer and client engagement.

 

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Being able to interact and manipulate their work with intuitive natural interactions when using suitable gesture-control enabled VR hardware, such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with Touch, allows designers to virtually experience their creations without having to make expensive prototypes. Software like CAVRNUS’ VR solution for collaborative design, interaction, and education (which we demoed at SOLIDWORKS World 2017) eases the barriers that distance creates, allowing teams to interact with and evaluate their design decisions together.

 

Pro VR for Media and Entertainment

Animators, filmmakers, artists and other creative professionals can also benefit immensely from integrating VR into their workflows. Visual effects (VFX) artists can use VR to take previz to the next level and create immersive interactive virtual walkthroughs of highly complex scenes that can be viewed right on set.

 

Certified professional applications can be combined with the new breed of tools, such as Unity’s EditorVR, that allow VR content to be created within VR to create tomorrow’s interactive experiences. With Radeon VR Ready Creator graphics cards and Radeon Pro Software, filmmakers can stitch, edit, composite, and review in VR their immersive 360-degree video experiences without interrupting their workflow, all on the same workstation.

 

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Utilizing AMD’s revolutionary Radeon Loom video stitching technology that enables real-time stitching of 360 videos, entertainment, sports, news, and more can be broadcast live in VR, allowing viewers to feel like they are really there. A great example of this was our live stream of the ‘Baahubali2: The Conclusion’ Pre-Release Event, captured in 360 video using our groundbreaking bb360cc Camera and Radeon Loom Technology.

 

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES:

1. Radeon VR Ready Creator Products are select Radeon™ Pro and AMD FirePro™ GPUs that meet or exceed the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive recommended specifications for video cards/GPUs. Other hardware (including CPU) and system requirements recommended by Oculus Rift or HTC Vive should also be met in order to operate the applicable HMDs as intended. As VR technology, HMDs and other VR hardware and software evolve and/or become available, these criteria may change without notice. PC/System manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different VR results/performance. Check with your PC or system manufacturer to confirm VR capabilities. GD-101

2. Radeon Loom is currently in Beta Preview.

Palatov D2 design shown in the images is property of Palatov Motorsport LLC, used with permission.

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[Originally posted on 07/27/17]

 

The latest Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver also adds support for the latest Radeon™ Pro graphics cards, the Radeon™ Pro Duo (“Polaris”), Radeon™ Pro WX 3100, and Radeon™ Pro WX 2100.

 

With the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3, AMD is continuing its commitment to giving enterprises the stability, performance, and feature improvements their users need with a new Enterprise Driver release every quarter. Today’s Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 builds on the release of the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 by focusing on power efficiency and more performance improvements in leading professional applications.

 

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Minimize Your Carbon Footprint

Today’s responsible corporations are always looking for ways to go green and minimize their environmental impact. Reducing the power consumption of the IT equipment used by their employees can significantly contribute to an enterprise’s sustainability efforts, and the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 has substantial power efficiency gains over the 17.Q2 driver1.

 

With the 17.Q3 driver, enterprise users with a Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 in their workstation can expect to see up to 20% lower power consumption2, up to 10% lower GPU temperature3, and up to 5% lower average fan speed4. This all adds up to power efficiency gains that will noticeably reduce a user’s carbon footprint.

 

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Improved Performance in Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, SPECapc Siemens NX, and Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017

With the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3, enterprise professionals can expect to see some noteworthy performance improvements in leading professional applications. When tested in Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Autodesk® Maya® using the Radeon™ ProRender plug-in, the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 delivers up to 5% rendering performance improvement using the 17.Q3 driver when compared to the 17.Q2 driver5,6. When tested with the SPECapc® Siemens® NX 10 benchmark, the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 delivers up to 7% faster Siemens® NX 10 performance with the 17.Q3 driver versus the 17.Q2 driver7 and up to 9% faster performance in Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC 2017 GPU acceleration.

 

Certifications and Unprecedented Driver Quality

Radeon™ Pro Software is certified on the leading workstation applications professionals use, including Autodesk® AutoCAD®, Dassault CATIA®, Siemens® NX, Adobe® Premiere®, Avid® Media Composer®, Autodesk® Maya® and many more. To meet the demanding needs of enterprise users, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Drivers are rigorously tested to deliver unprecedented stability, quality, and reliability. They undergo 2x more OEM platform testing, 3x more ISV certification testing, and 1.5x more stress testing than our legacy AMD FirePro™ drivers.

 

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Meeting Enterprise Needs

In addition to the power efficiency and performance improvements detailed above, the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 continues to meet enterprise needs with features like Radeon™ Pro ReLive to capture and record professional workflows, AMD LiquidVR™ technology10 for advanced VR design visualization using game engine integration, and Radeon™ Pro Software’s Prioritized Enterprise Support program11 and 24/7 Radeon™ Pro support12.

 

You can download the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 here.

Compatible with: Radeon™ Pro WX series, Radeon™ Pro Duo series, and AMD FirePro™ W series products

Supports: Windows® 7/10, Linux®

 

SPEC® and the benchmarks name SPECapc® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For more information about SPECapc®, see https://www.spec.org/gwpg/apc.static/sw2015info.html. For more information about SPECviewperf® see https://www.spec.org/gwpg/gpc.static/vp12info.html.

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

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[Originally posted on 07/30/17]

 

This is a preview of the upcoming Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition driver for AMD’s new professional graphics cards based on the next-generation “Vega” GPU architecture: the Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 and Radeon™ Pro SSG graphics cards. It will also be compatible with the already-available Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition cards.

 

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Radeon™ Pro Software is committed to meeting the needs of both professional users and enterprise users, providing stability, performance, and feature Improvements to both. For enterprise users, there is the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver released the 4th Thursday of each quarter, with the latest 17.Q3 version released just this past week on July 27th.

 

For workstation professionals looking for Radeon™ Pro Software that supports the latest Radeon™ Pro professional graphics products, there is the Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition driver, and today we are previewing the upcoming Crimson ReLive Edition release for “Vega”-based Radeon™ Professional Graphics cards.

 

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Improved Capturing and Recording of Professional Workflows

Radeon™ Pro ReLive is AMD’s powerful solution for high-resolution screen capture and recording professional workflows for collaboration, presentation, training, and support. With Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition for “Vega”-based Radeon™ Professional Graphics, ReLive will be updated and refined with user feedback. Updates included higher maximum recording bitrate (up to 100 Mbps), camera transparency, refined notifications, and enhanced audio controls.

 

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Radeon Pro Security with the AMD Secure Processor

“Vega”-based Radeon™ professional graphics cards take a holistic approach to security with a dedicated AMD Secure Processor built into the silicon that works with Radeon™ Pro Software to facilitate all-day security. As soon as you power on your computer, the onboard AMD Secure Processor performs boot and firmware validation. During use, the AMD Secure Processor works in tandem with Radeon™ Pro Software and Microsoft® Device Guard to help thwart malicious attacks. During shutdown, the AMD Secure Processor continues securing graphics bound IP until device termination.

 

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Work. Swap. Play. With Radeon Pro Software

Radeon™ Pro Software will be optimized for both game development workflows and gaming with the new optional “Driver Options” feature1 found in the upcoming Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition for “Vega”-based Radeon™ Professional Graphics.

 

This feature builds on the “Gaming Mode” introduced in the Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6 driver for the Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition card, and the chart below shows the differences between “Gaming Mode” and the “Driver Options” feature.

 

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When creating game assets and working with game development tools, game developers will be able to take advantage of the rock-solid reliability of Radeon™ Pro Software. Then when it comes time to playtest and optimize the experience, a “Driver Options” button in Radeon™ Pro Settings will allow seamless switching to one of two installed Radeon™ Software drivers2. To go back to Radeon™ Pro Software will be as simple as a couple of clicks, allowing for rapid switching between professional and gaming software for faster iteration during game development workflows.

 

As a bonus, professionals who are using “Vega”-based Radeon™ Professional Graphics will also be able to take advantage of this feature to unwind with their favorite game on the same system they were working on. With the Radeon™ Pro Software “Driver Options” enabling the use of the latest WHQL Radeon™ Software driver and the gaming features of Radeon™ Software3, “Vega”-based Radeon™ professional graphics cards will also be able to offer an incredible Radeon™ gaming experience.

 

Radeon Pro Software, ready for “Vega”-based Radeon™ Professional Graphics

Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition for “Vega”-based Radeon™ Professional Graphics is expected to be available to download with the availability of the Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 and Radeon™ Pro SSG graphics cards.

 

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

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[Originally posted on 03/23/17]

 

AMD and Citrix® collaborate to deliver performance, scalability, security, and availability of virtualized graphics from both public and private clouds.

 

Virtualized graphics is the last piece of the puzzle for enterprises considering remote workstations or VDI environments. AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology is virtualized graphics done right as shared GPU capability is built right into the silicon, helping make it more secure than software virtualization. This approach delivers a consistent, predictable, and cost effective deployment and user experience.

 

AMD and Citrix have been hard at work enabling MxGPU for Citrix HDX™ and we are happy to announce that with Citrix XenApp® and XenDesktop® 7.13, AMD MxGPU is fully integrated and available. You can download our Radeon Pro Software drivers with HDX support now.

 

The combination of these technologies from Citrix and AMD gives IT departments the cost-effective performance and scalability necessary to deliver graphics-accelerated virtual desktops and apps to virtually any user, from knowledge workers, to mobile professionals, to designers expecting the same access to the GPU no matter their workload.

 

This latest announcement by Citrix continues AMD’s momentum in cloud graphics. Enterprises can deploy AMD MxGPU on a number of server platforms from Dell, HP Enterprise, and Supermicro. Combined with our announcements from Google and Alibaba Cloud, our engagement with Citrix demonstrates how hardware-based graphics virtualization can lead the market in performance, scalability, security and availability of virtualized graphics from both public and private clouds.

 

AMD’s vision is that end users want to run their applications on virtually any device, virtually anywhere with confidence. This vision is coming to life with AMD MxGPU on Citrix. Look for more exciting news about AMD hardware-virtualized graphics in the months to come.

 

For more information about AMD Virtualized Graphics and Citrix, please visit www.amd.com/citrix.

 

For more information about AMD MxGPU technology, please visit www.amd.com/mxgpu.

 

 

Michael DeNeffe, AMD’s Director of Cloud Graphics and has extensive experience in network computing, and client device technologies. Links to third-party sites and references to third-party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third-party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

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[Originally posted on 06/07/17]

 

AMD is excited to announce that Citrix’s new hypervisor, XenServer 7.2, supports Radeon™ Pro MxGPU (multiuser GPU) in a technology preview. This means that enterprises can preview our AMD FirePro™ S7150x2 GPUs in virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI). To show it off, AMD was at Citrix Synergy 2017 in Orlando, Florida. In our booth was the first public demonstration of XenServer 7.2 running on AMD GPUs. Not only did we show the power and performance of our GPU technology, but did it from 1092 miles away. You see, the demonstration was delivered from a datacenter outside of New York City by AMD technology partner IMSCAD.

 

The demo was awesome! The complete capabilities of Autodesk apps, Revit, Inventor and AutoCAD were shown off with our AMD FirePro S7150x2 card in an HPE ProLiant DL380 server from IMSCAD’s New York datacenter. Running on Citrix XenServer 7.2, our MxGPU delivered full workstation class performance while being shared four users per GPU. At the other end of the wire, over 1000 miles of it, was an HPE t620 Thin Client powered by AMD Quad-Core APU. So a complete end-to-end AMD solution in full glory!

 

Our second demo was also extensively remote. Why lug heavy and loud servers to a trade show, when you can show off the AMD’s great technologies from a datacenter. In this demo we ran VMware ESXI 6.5 on a Dell PowerEdge R730 server installed with an AMD FirePro S7150x2. Splitting the GPU by 8 users, we delivered a workstation-class experience for Solidworks 2017. Over 440 miles it ran, to the booth at Synergy to an IGEL thin client also powered by an AMD Quad-core APU. So here’s the net/net: AMD end-to-end, hardware virtualized graphics running XenServer 7.2, workstation performance from the datacenter, delivered elegantly to AMD-powered thin clients. What’s not to love?

 

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Interested?

Any customer who is eligible to upgrade to XenServer 7.2 can start their testing with any host that supports the AMD FirePro™ S7100-series GPUs. To enable XenServer, click here to check out the download and associated release notes. You will also find details via this link on how to submit bugs.

 

To use Citrix XenServer with AMD MxGPU virtualized graphics technology you will need to download the XenServer GIM Driver and the Radeon™ Pro Software Beta here. You will also find the Citrix Deployment Guide on this page. Be sure to give us your feedback!

 

Check out IMSCAD at http://www.imscadglobal.com/article-poc.php and EpiGrid at http://epigrid.com/

 

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Follow Radeon Pro on Twitter for the latest on virtualization.

 

*Palatov D2 design shown in the images is property of Palatov Motorsport LLC, used with permission.

 

 

Michael DeNeffe, AMD’s Director of Cloud Graphics and has extensive experience in network computing, and client device technologies. Links to third-party sites and references to third-party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third-party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

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[Originally posted on 02/01/18]

 

The talents of Citrix partners are as wide-ranging as the solutions they provide. Systems integrators, Citrix resellers, application developers and service providers for Citrix products have a tribal gathering each year at Citrix Summit. This year in Anaheim, California, AMD joined the party to demonstrate our support for Citrix solutions and collaborate with Citrix partners to deliver graphics from the cloud.

 

It was clear enterprise customers want virtualized graphics solutions that deliver a high performance, advanced security and consistent user experience at a lower total cost of ownership. This aligns with the value proposition that AMD MxGPU (multiuser GPU) offers to the Citrix install base and the partners that support them.

 

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At Citrix Summit, we demonstrated 2 key use cases. First an application remoting solution with XenApp 7.15 running on Windows Server, delivering a pristine version of Autodesk Inventor from a server outside of New York City. Application remoting is seeing a comeback, we believe, and AMD MxGPU is there to support these use cases.

 

We also showed XenDesktop 7.15 running on VMware ESXI 6.5. Delivering Windows 10 desktops from the cloud is the new first order of business for many enterprises. Empowering demanding users running design and engineering apps is job one for many enterprise IT teams. AMD is there to support this effort.

 

For more information about AMD MxGPU go to the links below:

 

 

Michael DeNeffe, AMD’s Director of Cloud Graphics and has extensive experience in network computing, and client device technologies. Links to third-party sites and references to third-party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third-party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

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[Originally posted on 02/14/18]

 

Open for Business. The Collaborative Cloud.

 

At AMD, open source is in our DNA. We have a legacy of sharing and contributing to open source projects, applications and supporting industry standards. Our goal is to raise the tide for developers and users, enabling open choice across the board.

 

In this vein, I am excited to announce the availability of our Virtualized Graphics KVM host driver to the open source community. You can pick it up now at: AMD Drivers and Support.

 

AMD has made significant progress with our virtualized graphics business in 2017. Many server design wins, and our announcement with Amazon Web Services, illustrates the use of our GPUs running virtually with distributed workloads among multiple users, delivering a consistent solution with great security features for customers.

 

In a day and age where other companies are requiring proprietary software to run virtual environments and then further charging end user licenses, AMD is going the opposite direction. We embrace open source as a way to promote collaboration and sharing, but most of all, to enable our customers, from cloud providers to server manufacturers, to build products that delight their customers.

 

So join us in our quest to build a collaborative cloud. Download our open source host driver now and build a GPU environment in the cloud to make your customers happy.

 

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To get the driver go here

For other AMD open source programs go here: GPUOpen

For more information on AMD Virtualized GPUs go here

 

 

Michael DeNeffe, AMD’s Director of Cloud Graphics and has extensive experience in network computing, and client device technologies. Links to third-party sites and references to third-party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third-party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

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[Originally posted on 02/28/18]

 

AMD MxGPU graphics virtualization technology enables leading Quality of Service (QoS) with performance that is up to nine times more consistent than the competition1.

 

Reliable, predictable infrastructure is paramount in an enterprise environment. IT managers demand robust QoS to meet the needs of a cloud-connected workforce. AMD Multi-User GPU (MxGPU) technology was designed to meet this demand by delivering a predictable and consistent end-user experience.

 

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A predictable graphics experience for digital workspaces yields value across an organization. IT managers get fewer calls probing unexpected slowdowns. End users know how their workflow will behave and the Program Management Office can practice better business planning through predictable resource allocation.

 

As more independent software vendors adopt GPU acceleration to provide a richer experience for end-users, GPU-bound QoS will continue to be top-of-mind for enterprise data centers. AMD MxGPU technology offers an elegant solution, enabling world class QoS with AMD FirePro™ S7100-series graphics accelerators.

 

AMD MxGPU technology, the world’s first hardware-based virtualized GPU solution, is built on industry standard SR-IOV (Single-Root I/O Virtualization) technology and allows up to 16 virtualized users per physical GPU to work remotely.

 

To learn more about the QoS benefits AMD MxGPU technology brings to your data center, check out the infographic below.

 

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Visit our page on AMD MxGPU technology and download our QoS whitepaper.

 

 

Michael DeNeffe, AMD’s Director of Cloud Graphics and has extensive experience in network computing, and client device technologies. Links to third-party sites and references to third-party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third-party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

 

 

 

 

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1 - With 16 virtual machines, AMD FirePro™ S7150 x2 delivers up to 9x lower standard deviation in SPECapc® for SOLIDWORKS® 2015 than NVIDIA® Tesla M60, derived using Graphics Composite Scores from SPECapc® for SOLIDWORKS® 2015. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of August 1st, 2017 under following host and virtual machine configuration: Host: VMware® ESXi™ 6.5.0 with host driver Radeon™ Pro VMware vSphere® Driver – Revision 1.02/NVIDIA® VMware® ESXi™ 6.5 Host Driver 367.106. Virtual Machines: Intel(R) Xeon(R) E5-2698 v4 @2.20 GHz, 4 Cores, 4 Logical Processors, 8GB Physical Memory, 120 GB Storage, Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit SP1 Build 7601 with Radeon™ Pro Software 17.30 driver/NVIDIA® GRID 370.12 guest graphics driver. Benchmark: SPECapc® for SOLIDWORKS® 2015 simultaneously on 16 virtual machines. NVIDIA® GRID vGPU configuration: Each VM has 1 vGPU assigned from NVIDIA® GRID M60-0Q profile (16 vGPU on a physical GPU). AMD MxGPU configuration: Each VM has 1 vGPU assigned from 16 VFs configuration (16 vGPU on a physical GPU). AMD Graphics Composite Scores, Enumerated Per Virtual Machine Instance: 0.32, 0.32, 0.32, 0.33, 0.32, 0.32, 0.32, 0.33, 0.32, 0.32, 0.32, 0.32, 0.33, 0.32, 0.32, 0.32. NVIDIA® Graphics Composite Scores Results, Enumerated Per Virtual Machine Instance: 0.41, 0.37, 0.31, 0.32, 0.37, 0.32, 0.32, 0.31, 0.37, 0.33, 0.41, 0.29, 0.33, 0.39, 0.33, 0.37. AMD FirePro™ S7150 x2 standard deviation of the Graphic Composite scores: 0.00390. NVIDIA® Tesla M60 standard deviation of the Graphic Composite scores: 0.03618. Performance Differential: 0.03618/0.00390 = ~9.27x higher standard deviation on NVIDIA® Tesla M60. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. PC and server manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-177

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[Originally posted on 05/07/18]

 

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Dassault COE (Community of Experts) 2018 Annual Experience and TechniFair in San Diego.

 

This event had a particularly exciting vibe for me as it was packed with genuine end-users of the full Dassault portfolio including CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, SIMULIA, ENOVIA and DELMIA. Also attending were a lot of AMD software and hardware partners.

 

It was a wonderful opportunity to look at the overall solutions our products enable within the wider ecosystem while focussing on those Dassault users.

 

It was very insightful to hear about real deployments where our AMD products have been used across PLM deployments to enable a wide range of use cases including:

 

  • Interactive 3D rendering
  • Cloud delivered CAD
  • Mobile and thin-client end points

 

Our stand was busy, we were showing CATIA delivered from the cloud and 3D Interactive rendering on HP and Dell. There’s a bit more information about our collaboration with Dassault in this area in this case study.

 

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Surprisingly we were the only GPU vendor exhibiting, so we attracted a large audience. It was great though to be amongst the full spectrum of the Dassault PLM ecosystem rather than a generic cloud or security conference. Major companies present at the show included HP, Dell and Cisco servers and workstations, to Dassault end-customers like Boeing, Proctor and Gamble and Textron.

 

My speaking session covered “CATIA from the Cloud”, delivering CATIA from the datacenter with virtualized desktops, and the virtualized graphics considerations for the next generation of 3DExperience and PLM deployment, alongside some details of our S7150 products and MxGPU (shared GPU) technologies.

 

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This session was particularly insightful because were joined by Keith Horton from Nordam Aerospace, past president of the COE, who described their virtualized CATIA deployment using Cisco C240M5 servers, AMD FirePro™ S7150x2 server GPUs, Citrix XenServer 7.4 with MxGPU capability, and NICE DCV to manage multiple customer design environments and gain benefits in security, remote working and hardware consolidation.

 

I found it exciting to see how Dassault users are integrating growing technologies into their processes, especially in areas where we at AMD are also investing in GPU applications such as VR/AR (Virtual / Augmented reality) and to support the demands of generative design for uses such as additive manufacture. During the event a new VR and AR Committee within COE was announced, and I think the discussions that will emerge will be worth watching.

 

If you missed it, it’s worth pencilling it in for next year and checking out the great recap on the COE website.

 

Last, for those of you in Southern California the week of May 8-10, we will be at Citrix Synergy.

 

Where we’ve partnered with HP in booth #311, where we plan to be showcasing graphical applications such as Solidworks, Autodesk Revit and AutoCad delivered from the cloud to HP thin-clients optimized for Citrix deployments with AMD Embedded APUs.

 

Hope to see there!

 

 

Michael DeNeffe, AMD’s Director of Cloud Graphics and has extensive experience in network computing, and client device technologies. Links to third-party sites and references to third-party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third-party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.