Monday, February 25th 2013

AMD Launches the FirePro R5000 Remote Graphics Card for Deployment in Data Centers

AMD today announced the arrival of the AMD FirePro R5000 remote graphics card, a flexible, manageable solution designed and engineered to power remote 3D-graphics workflows and full computing experiences over IP networks. The energy-, space- and cost-efficient AMD FirePro R5000 is the ideal solution for IT managers operating in data center environments where limited space, power budgets and cooling costs pose a constant challenge.

The AMD FirePro R5000 combines AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture with Teradici's PCoIP technology, and delivers a 3D experience with low latency transmission -- ideal for mid-range multimonitor endpoints such as those used by CAD, medical imaging and financial services professionals. The AMD FirePro R5000 also complements IT security protocols by safeguarding corporate IP, since critical information never leaves the data center.

"IT professionals are looking for a secure and straight forward cloud-based graphics solution that delivers core functionality capable of adapting to meet each employee's unique graphics needs," said David Cummings, senior director and general manager of AMD Professional Graphics. "The AMD FirePro R5000 meets these needs, delivering the flexibility, functionality, security and industry-leading graphics capabilities companies look for when deciding on a remote graphics solution."

AMD FirePro R5000 Remote Graphics Features and Benefits

Low Power Solution: Maximum power consumption of 150W helps to minimize power costs and enables the use of small footprint low power client devices that are capable of supporting up to four displays remotely;
Effective Cooling: Minimizes system heat and fan noise in employee work areas, helps to reduce cooling costs and create cooler, quieter workspaces while a variable speed fan adjusts to accelerate the exchange of air heated by server components for cooler ambient air;
Scale and Simplicity: Centrally located in the data center, IT can accommodate flexible seating arrangements or provide employees with zero clients, ultimately helping IT get employees up and running more quickly;
Flexibility of Deployment: Delivers the deployment flexibility IT needs, including the option to deploy in desktop workstations, rack and blade servers, and PCIe expansion chassis;
Power Management: AMD PowerTune and AMD ZeroCore Power intelligent power management and monitoring tools enable IT managers to effectively track and contain power usage;
High Performance Remote Protocol: The next generation Teradici TERA2240 host processor is able to transmit up to 300 megapixels per second and drive up to four displays per end user, with refresh rates up to 60 frames per second giving what Teradici describes as "the best remote user experience possible."

"With the introduction of the AMD FirePro R5000 with Teradici PCoIP processor, IT departments now have powerful centralized computing solutions that are easy to manage, and deliver the graphics performance required to handle high resolution images, video and 3D models with ease," said Trent Punnett, vice president of Product Management, System Engineering and Corporate Development at Teradici. "In addition, the AMD FirePro R5000 can be brokered and managed by VMware View giving a common broker and management window across both workstation and VDI desktops, and works with PCoIP zero clients that are offered by an ecosystem of over 30 OEMs."

The AMD FirePro R5000 is rigorously tested by AMD to ensure readiness for demanding professional use. It is a durable remote graphics solution intended to increase asset utilization density, meet real-world workloads and ultimately help IT minimize operating costs and time spent on servicing individual systems.

"Tasked with finding a thin client solution capable accelerating real-time 2D and basic 3D graphics for game development and computer animation classes, we turned to AMD's first generation remote graphics product, the ATI FirePro RG220," said Mahesh Neelakanta, director of the Technical Services Group, Florida Atlantic University. "Not only were we able to conserve energy and save time on system maintenance, the graphics cards were able to handle video, 2D images and animations, and 3D elements without bogging down the system or noticeable pixelation. Offering a more powerful GPU, four times the memory and nearly eight times the memory bandwidth of the RG220, the R5000 will allow us to deploy remote systems for our more advanced classes and configure multimonitor set ups our students will eventually encounter in the workplace."

Backed by a three-year warranty and planned three-year minimum lifecycle, the AMD FirePro R5000 will be available from select retailers and channel partners.
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30 Comments on AMD Launches the FirePro R5000 Remote Graphics Card for Deployment in Data Centers

Postal guy just smoked one I think. The d.d.d dude's mechanical design has nothing to do with art man. Is Mechanical Design, or 3D Design, meaning he will use 2D/3D Design software like AutoCAD, Catia, for parts designing or 3D modeling, or if he has some talent he can try for some Maya, 3D Studio Max, etc design where the real money are. But hard to get a job there to be honest.
Anyways, for both types of design you still need a professional card, in case you want to render some big assemblies or very detailed parts/models without making a slide show on your screen. Talking from experience here...
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de.das.dude said:
after finishing my bachelors in mech engg, i hope to do something related to designing.
Then you're looking at the wrong card. This is not the card you want for CAD applications on a workstation, this is for servers.
AMD Launches the FirePro R5000 Remote Graphics Card for Deployment in Data Centers
I see no mention of workstations. ;)

TheMailMan78 said:
Get good in math and forget anything in "design".
The card doesn't make a good engineer. A good engineer makes the card.
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Right, this card competes with nVidia Tesla's if I'm not mistaken...
He should try the W series from ATI, or some cheap old FX series from nVidia. No need monster card for practicing 3D software modeling
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Prima.Vera said:
Right, this card competes with nVidia Tesla's if I'm not mistaken...
He should try the W series from ATI, or some cheap old FX series from nVidia. No need monster card for practicing 3D software modeling
You are mistaken. AMD does have cards that compete with Teslas, but this is not one of them.

Let's pretend that DDD gets a contract for a high-end engineering project. The company could supply him with a system, he could use his own, *or* they can provide him with a zero-client such as the Dell Wyse P45

That last option is becoming popular because it mitigates certain risks and allows for better utilization of hardware (multiple cards can be installed in a system and targeted by VMs). DDD would just enter the IP of his assigned R5000 (or RG220) and start working.
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Clear up some confusion....

Ok, so there's alot of misinformation I'm seeing posted here. I hope I will clear some of it up.

This card is the replacement for the AMD ATI RG220 (Tera1 Chipset). Both of these cards are targeted at remote graphics users, with the R5000 having the Tera2 chipset. Typically you would install this in a rackmount (or tower) workstation in a climate controlled environment. The "zero-client" would be on the user's desk. A good zero client for this card would be the Dell Wyse P45, expect to pay ~$1,000 each for the remote host card and the zero client.

Think of a computer in a harsh environment...put the real computer in a clean room, put the zero client on the shop floor. This is how I make use of the pcoip host cards that I use.

Some host cards allow a normal video card to be used and piped into the host card, others are a combined unit like this one.

The second method to use this is with virtualization (vmware) on a server. You set up a bitchin server with multiple R5000's. Each virtual workstation gets mapped to one of these cards. The zero client connects to the card and it is basically the same as above. This is how the nvidia models work (no outputs, just a server offload card).

Hopefully that clears this up. For more information google any of these: vmware view, pcoip, teradici, remote host card.
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