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Primeur weekly 2016-05-30

Focus

CERN technology for Large Hadron Collider to evolve from computing Grid to scientific Cloud ...

Quantum computing

Purdue professor selected to establish Station Q Purdue, part of Microsoft Station Q ...

Top international award for UNSW Australia quantum computing chief ...

D-Wave Systems to organize Quantum Computing Seminar at ISC16 ...

New device steps toward isolating single electrons for quantum computing ...

Dartmouth team creates new method to control quantum systems ...

Focus on Europe

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias will participate in new European SUNDIAL network ...

Discover how digital technology impacts scientific practice ...

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2016 to issue Call for Papers ...

Middleware

Cray Urika-GX system harnesses supercomputing performance to tackle Big Data analytics ...

Hardware

Cavium announces ThunderX2 ...

Gigantic ultrafast spin currents ...

Introducing the AMD FirePro S7100X, the industry’s first and only hardware-virtualized GPU for blade servers ...

STULZ USA announces strategic investment and commercial partnership with CoolIT Systems ...

Made-in-India supercomputers by August 2017 under govt's Rs 4,500-crore National Supercomputing Mission ...

Applications

KIT brings outstanding experimental physicist back to Germany ...

NOAA's premier forecast model goes 4D ...

Argonne launches first tech incubator ...

Current atmospheric models underestimate the dirtiness of Arctic air ...

The Cloud

FleetCor adopts IBM Cloud to help businesses stay in the fast lane ...

EnerTech of Kuwait Investment Authority selects Cloud-based analytics service from IBM and Waterfund for insights into water costs ...

IBM offers Watson services on Twilio marketplace ...

Introducing the AMD FirePro S7100X, the industry’s first and only hardware-virtualized GPU for blade servers

25 May 2016 Sunnyvale - ​AMD has launched AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) for blade servers, AMD FirePro S7100X GPU. AMD MxGPU is the industry's first and only hardware-virtualized GPU compliant with the SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) PCIe virtualization standard. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is a simple, secure solution for graphics virtualization providing workstation-class experience for up to 16 users that is practically indistinguishable from a native desktop experience. Using AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology, the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU harnesses silicon expressly designed for graphics virtualization and conforming with the virtualization industry standard, SR-IOV to allow easy integration into existing hypervisor ecosystems. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is the newest addition to the AMD line of graphics virtualization products, designed in an ultra-compact form factor with a TGP of just 100W that makes it ideal for blade server deployments. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is the first to offer the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU in HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blades available now.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) offers a number of benefits associated with security, manageability, and remote access while helping to lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Users who require GPUs for 3D and GPU compute applications need a thoughtful solution such as VDI to realize these benefits. Competing GPU virtualization technologies adapt a standard GPU architecture to virtualize via software in the hypervisor, which can result in inconsistent performance.

Rather than repurposing existing GPUs and adding a software layer to accommodate virtualization requirements, AMD MxGPU harnesses an entirely new class of GPU architecture designed with virtualization capabilities built into the silicon. Compliant with the well-established PCIe virtualization standard SR-IOV specification, AMD MxGPU unburdens the hypervisor from proprietary and complex software implementations, leveraging the existing PCIe device management logic in the hypervisor to manage GPU virtualization. Each virtualized GPU instance appears as a full-featured, native graphical device to the virtual machine's guest operating system, allowing it to be used with certified professional graphics applications and for GPU compute with effectively the same experience as an application run on a native device.

Benefits of the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU include:

  • Predictable performance: The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU supports up to 16 users per GPU across a range of virtualization solutions including VMware, SOLIDWORKS, and Siemens NX and Solid Edge. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU enables hardware-controlled scheduling cycles to provide predictable quality of service (QoS). Deterministic QoS results in smooth transitions from proof-of-concept pilots to organisation-wide deployments. Additionally, AMD MxGPU technology provides users with close-to-the-metal functionality, helping to deliver a virtualization experience that is remarkably close to that of a native desktop.
  • Greater simplicity: AMD MxGPU technology is the only graphics virtualization solution in the industry that exposes the graphics functionality of the GPU to the virtual instance allowing full support for graphics APIs like DirectX and OpenGL, and GPU compute APIs like OpenCL, enabling applications to be run in virtual environments without altering the code. Configuration and management is simple using native AMD FirePro graphics drivers rather than proprietary software found in competing offerings, and no profiles are needed so administrators can flexibly add and remove virtual machines as they see fit.
  • Increased security: One of the key benefits of VDI is the ability to centralize and secure data and resources. AMD MxGPU technology preserves the data integrity of virtualized desktops and their application data using hardware-enforced memory isolation logic, rather than a software virtualization overlay found in competing offerings, to separate one virtual machine from being able to access another virtual machine's data.
  • Exceptional value: The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU exposes the full-functionality of the GPU, and optimizes GPU resources across users. Unlike other offerings on the market, AMD MxGPU technology also has no hardware user license fees.

"The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is a compelling addition to the AMD MxGPU product line on the market, marking the only hardware-virtualized, purpose-built GPU solution for blade servers that we’re proud to join with HPE to bring to market", stated Ogi Brkic, senior director, product management, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. "The pairing of HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blades and AMD FirePro S7100X GPUs is exactly what customers have been asking for as they look to address their virtualization challenges."

"Today's workforce is demanding to go mobile and wants a superior user experience. In addition, new use cases are emerging that require dedicated performance for demanding graphics applications", stated Paul Miller, HPE VP of Marketing for Converged Data Center Infrastructure. "The new AMD FirePro S7100X GPU for the HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blade enables our customers with powerful graphics performance and virtualization capabilities for business power users and designers. This new solution helps improve end-user experience, deliver graphics-accelerated VDI and drive high performance access to applications they use daily on virtually any device, from anywhere on the network."

HPE ProLiant WS460C G9 Graphics Server Blades powered by AMD FirePro S7100X GPUs are available now.
Source: AMD

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Primeur weekly 2016-05-30

Focus

CERN technology for Large Hadron Collider to evolve from computing Grid to scientific Cloud ...

Quantum computing

Purdue professor selected to establish Station Q Purdue, part of Microsoft Station Q ...

Top international award for UNSW Australia quantum computing chief ...

D-Wave Systems to organize Quantum Computing Seminar at ISC16 ...

New device steps toward isolating single electrons for quantum computing ...

Dartmouth team creates new method to control quantum systems ...

Focus on Europe

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias will participate in new European SUNDIAL network ...

Discover how digital technology impacts scientific practice ...

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2016 to issue Call for Papers ...

Middleware

Cray Urika-GX system harnesses supercomputing performance to tackle Big Data analytics ...

Hardware

Cavium announces ThunderX2 ...

Gigantic ultrafast spin currents ...

Introducing the AMD FirePro S7100X, the industry’s first and only hardware-virtualized GPU for blade servers ...

STULZ USA announces strategic investment and commercial partnership with CoolIT Systems ...

Made-in-India supercomputers by August 2017 under govt's Rs 4,500-crore National Supercomputing Mission ...

Applications

KIT brings outstanding experimental physicist back to Germany ...

NOAA's premier forecast model goes 4D ...

Argonne launches first tech incubator ...

Current atmospheric models underestimate the dirtiness of Arctic air ...

The Cloud

FleetCor adopts IBM Cloud to help businesses stay in the fast lane ...

EnerTech of Kuwait Investment Authority selects Cloud-based analytics service from IBM and Waterfund for insights into water costs ...

IBM offers Watson services on Twilio marketplace ...