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D Announces Radeon Pro SSG With 1TB VRAM, Along With Budget-Priced Workstation Cards
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AMD hosted its second Capsaicin event at Siggraph 2016, and while the focus might not have been on gaming, there were still plenty of surprising offerings in the graphics card department. The big news is the unveiling of AMD’s new workstation GPUs. Designed to go head to head with Nvidia’s Quadro cards, AMD’s selection of Radeon Pro WX and Radeon Pro SSG cards run the full gamut of performance needs.

The show stealer was undoubtedly the Radeon Pro SSG. This latest workstation graphics card contains a groundbreaking 1TB (Yes, you read that right) or GPU video memory. Raja Koduri, Radeon chief architect, said it represented a “fundamental change in workstation architecture.” With a bump from 32GB up to 1024GB, it’s hard to argue there.

The gigantic frame buffer is useful in that the Radeon Pro SSG can store a large amount of data locally, rather than constantly passing backwards and forwards with system memory as and when it’s needed. This leads to what AMD claims is 10 times faster memory access.

For gaming needs the Pro SSG is practically useless, but Koduri demonstrated it rendering raw 8K video at a mightily impressive 17 frames per second. Rendering video here with a GTX 1060 at 1080p resolution is roughly 0.5 frames per second. No word on pricing for the SSG just yet, but expect it to be hideously expensive.

Down at the cheaper end of the scale, AMD also announced its new Radeon Pro WX 4100, Radoen Pro WX 5100 and the Radeon Pro WX 7100. They’re all based on the Polaris architecture and represent a phasing of AMD’s FirePro lineup. They also come in what I think is a pretty damn fetching shade of blue. The tonp-ed WX 7100 will be capable of match Steam’s VR requirements. Pricing isn’t forthcoming for any of these cards just yet, but AMD is looking at seriously undercutting Nvidia’s Quadro offerings.

 

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced it is developing a new Radeon™ Pro solution for large dataset applications, which will be available initially as a developer kit. Starting at a full terabyte of Radeon™ Solid State Graphics (SSG), this innovative Radeon Pro technology will provide more than an order of magnitude greater memory capacity compared to existing GPU memory implementations, enabling vastly higher performance. The new solution is ideal for the next wave of demanding use-case scenarios including real-time post-production of 8K video, high-resolution rendering, VR content creation, oil and gas exploration, computational engineering, medical imaging and life sciences.

During the world’s first demonstration of a Radeon Pro SSG solution, 8K raw video timeline scrubbing was accelerated from 17 frames per second to a stunning 90+ frames per second. As content creators rapidly adopt 8K resolution to future-proof their content, a 5X performance boost will improve quality of life, productivity and efficiency in the editing process.

State of the art content creation, scientific and engineering visualization applications require the processing of big datasets, far larger than can be contained within the capacities of existing GPU memory. Current limitations require slices of data to be processed individually and later merged by software, and often incur significant latency for fetching additional data from system memory. These big data problems discourage developers in these domains from leveraging the advantages of the GPU. Radeon Pro SSG memory addresses the big data problem for GPUs, paving the way for improved performance and dramatically increased user productivity.

“One of the most challenging constraints faced by GPU computing applications is the inability to access terabytes of data,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “Radeon Pro SSG is poised to not only speed-up processing for many applications with very large datasets, but also to enable new application experiences by utilizing data persistence of non-volatile memory. This will be a disruptive advancement for many graphics and compute applications.”

“AMD has a long history of memory technology innovations, and Radeon Pro SSG is the latest example,” said Patrick Moorhead, Founder and Principal Analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy. “Larger local memory on the graphics card can speed-up processing for many applications with very large datasets, and should also allow for results with finer granularity and resolution. This will be a notable advancement for many graphics and compute applications.”

Memory architecture

When needed information is not available in GPU memory, typical memory architecture requires the GPU to send a request to the CPU. The CPU then retrieves the needed content from CPU memory, or if not there then from a hard drive. This entails considerable overhead that limits GPU performance. With this new GPU technology, a one terabyte extended frame buffer is dedicated to support the GPU. This enables much larger datasets to be loaded locally, connected over a dedicated PCIe® bus. When the GPU requests content, it looks first in the local frame buffer and only needs to involve the CPU if the data is not already in the extended frame buffer.

Availability

Applications for developer kits are now being accepted. These are available for $9,999. Full availability is planned for 2017. For more information and an application for a developer kit, refer to the Radeon website.

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About AMD

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i wonder how does a minimum requirement of 1TB VRAM game look like ?

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