Thursday, November 13th 2008

AMD to Release GPU Acceleration for Applications to run Faster than Ever

December ATI Catalyst Driver Release Automatically Switches on ATI Stream Acceleration in ATI Radeon Graphics Cards Found in Millions of PCs. To Enable Instant Benefit, Users Will Also Be Able to Download Free Avivo Video Converter That Makes High-Definition Video Conversion up to 17x Faster.

AMD today announced that starting next month, the company plans to release for download a free ATI Catalyst driver update that instantly unlocks new ATI Stream acceleration capabilities already built into millions of ATI Radeon graphics cards.

ATI Stream is a set of advanced hardware and software technologies that enable AMD graphics processors (GPU), working in concert with the system’s central processor (CPU), to accelerate applications beyond just graphics. This results in better balanced platforms capable of running demanding computing tasks faster than ever.

ATI Stream-enabled software titles for entertainment, gaming and productivity are being released or are under development by a growing list of independent software vendors (ISVs) including ArcSoft and CyberLink.

To give users immediate benefit from ATI Stream, AMD also plans to release in December a free downloadable version of its ATI Avivo Video Converter utility. This intuitive, easy-to-use application enables transcoding of HD video up to 17 times faster than with the CPU alone, in tests performed using an ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card.

“ATI Stream is one of the best examples of the power of Fusion, and today’s announcement is the first major step in taking this important new technology mainstream,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Products Group, AMD. “For the millions of people that have already purchased an ATI Radeon HD 4000 series graphics card, this is one more way we’re saying thank you and helping them get more out of their investment. For those who haven’t yet, it’s one more reason for them to go online right now and buy one.”

ATI Radeon graphics processors from AMD are already found in millions of PCs around the world, each running the ATI Catalyst software driver. In the past 12 months, the various ATI Catalyst driver packages have been downloaded 48 million times, averaging nearly four million downloads each month.

The next ATI Catalyst release is version 8.12. AMD has begun distributing a beta version to its hardware and software technology partners for testing, with the final version scheduled to be released for download on or around December 10.

Once installed, the driver package automatically turns on the ATI Stream acceleration capabilities within ATI Radeon HD 4000 series graphics cards. This will have the immediate effect of allowing any ATI Stream-enabled application to run faster, with no special effort required by consumers to enable this technology. As always, expert users will have the ability to customize their ATI Catalyst driver install options.

Users can then download and install the free ATI Avivo Video Converter. In tests performed using this utility, AMD was able to convert an hour of video to a portable player format in about 12 minutes. Combined with one of the recent ATI Radeon HD 4000 series graphics card offerings, the ATI Avivo Video Converter helps deliver video conversion at up to twice the speed of competing solutions, at just over half of the suggested retail price.

A growing number of ISVs are also lining up to provide ATI Stream-enabled applications, including ArcSoft, a leading provider of innovative digital imaging technologies and multimedia solutions. The company plans to provide an update in December to its TotalMedia Theatre application that will includes ArcSoft SimHD, a new type of post processing technology that allows consumers to experience close-to-HD viewing of standard definition content thanks to ATI Stream.

Another is CyberLink, an innovative software developer for digital media creation, playback, sharing, and enjoyment applications, has optimized its award-winning video editing software, PowerDirector 7. PowerDirector provides a robust set of features and functionality for capturing, editing and distributing HD video. The updated version, which is scheduled to be released in Q1 2009 will include ATI Stream accelerated video conversion, featuring performance and functionality exceeding that of the Avivo Video Converter.

To ensure easier development of ATI Stream enabled applications capable of running on platforms from multiple vendors, AMD is a member of the Khronos working group defining the OpenCL standard, and is evolving the ATI Stream SDK to be fully OpenCL compliant.

About ATI Stream

ATI Stream is a set of open AMD technologies that allow the hundreds of parallel Stream cores inside AMD GPUs to accelerate general purpose applications, resulting in platforms capable of delivering dramatically high performance-per-watt. The freely distributed, fully open Stream SDK allows programmers to make advanced use of AMD hardware, and helps them to create fast, energy efficient applications on a growing variety of platforms and operating systems. For more information please visit this page.
1. The pre-release version of ATI Avivo Video Converter demonstrates that ATI Stream technology allows video conversion that is faster than ever before. ATI Avivo Video Converter using ATI Stream technology converted an HD MPEG2 video at 1920x1080 resolution @ 24fps running 3600 seconds to an MPEG4 video at 320x240 resolution at 24 fps in 12 minutes, while iTunes 8.0.1 with WinQuickTimeMPEG2 pack converted the same source video to the same output specifications in 3 hours and 23 minutes, demonstrating a 17x speed up. System specifications: Intel Core 2 Duo QX9650 3.0 GHz processor, 6GB of Corsair CM2X1024-8500C5D 1066 MHz memory, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit with Service Pack 1, ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB. Performance of ATI Avivo Video Converter will vary based on system configuration, ATI Radeon product, source file and output settings used. ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre will include new functionality not yet seen in the form of ArcSoft SimHD, a new type of post processing technology that allows consumers to experience close-to-HD viewing of standard definition content thanks to ATI Stream technology. Accelerated stream capabilities are dependent on enablement in individual software titles. Not all software is ATI Stream enabled, nor do all ATI Radeon graphics processors provide ATI Stream capabilities.

2. The combination of an ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB graphics card ($246) + ATI Avivo Video Converter using ATI Stream technology (free) compared to the combination of GeForce GTX 280 graphics card ($414) + Badaboom Media Converter 1.0 ($29.99) shows that an HD MPEG2 video at 1920x1080 resolution @ 29.97 fps, 19000 kb/s VBR and MPEG1 Layer2 48000HZ audio that runs 1 minute 31 seconds is converted to an AVC1-MPEG4 video at 1280x720 @ 29.97 fps, 7304 kbps with MPEG4 44100 Hz 160kb/s stereo audio on the AMD solution in 48 seconds, and is converted to an AVC1-MPEG4 video at 1280x720 resolution @ 29.97 fps, 7734kbps with MPEG4 48000Hz 62Kb/s stereo audio on the Nvidia/Badaboom solution in 113 seconds. Prices based on average Newegg.com pricing after mail-in rebates as of October 29, 2008. System specifications: AMD Phenom X4 9950 processor, MSI 790FX K9A2 Platinum motherboard, 2GB of Corsair CM2X1024-8500C5D 1066 MHz memory, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit with Service Pack 1, Western Digital Raptor WD1500 hard drive, ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB with ATI Catalyst version 8.9 and ATI Video Converter, or GeForce GTX 280 with Badaboom Media Converter 1.0 and CUDA driver 178.08 INT. Performance will vary based on system configuration, ATI Radeon product, source file and output settings used.
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46 Comments on AMD to Release GPU Acceleration for Applications to run Faster than Ever

#1
breakfromyou
Mussels said:
So, ATI's software is 17x faster than itunes. using different codecs and different software, wow, what a usable benchmark!
i can run up and down my stairs 17x faster than someone on a bicycle can :nutkick:
man did that make me laugh.
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#2
mdm-adph
Mussels said:
So, ATI's software is 17x faster than itunes. using different codecs and different software, wow, what a usable benchmark!
i can run up and down my stairs 17x faster than someone on a bicycle can :nutkick:
Hate to say it, but you got a point -- companies sometimes pick utterly retarded things to compare speed against.

It's like comcast in the US saying that you can "download 50,000 emails" before you hit their bandwidth caps -- who even cares? Tell me how many movies I cant d/l on Netflix, or how many HD films I can stream on Apple TV before you cut me off -- "emails" or "MP3 files" is useless. :p
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#3
Dehx
Either way tho... 24 minutes to convert a full 1080p hi-def stream is time saved. My overclocked 4870 should be able to knock it down by a couple of minutes.
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#4
phanbuey
The real issue is coding. CUDA is a high level language, easy to code... if ATI's GPGPU isnt, then no one will want to write SH**T for it except for Ati.
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#5
mdm-adph
phanbuey said:
The real issue is coding. CUDA is a high level language, easy to code... if ATI's GPGPU isnt, then no one will want to write SH**T for it except for Ati.
I'm pretty sure ATI's new version of GPGPU (either CTM or this new Stream) is supposed to be just like CUDA.
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#6
Mussels
Moderprator
cude and ATI's stream thingo, are both requirements for DX11. DX11 is going to be based on programmable GPU's (its already been announced this is how they're doing physics), so this is how they're going to make DX10 cards run DX11 features - just program it in, and have the GPU's do it in 'software' instead of dedicated hardware for each function.
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#7
imperialreign
so, it seems AMD has had something cooking in the background for sometime. Damn, they've really been stepping up to and on nVidia's toes this year.
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#8
phanbuey
imperialreign said:
so, it seems AMD has had something cooking in the background for sometime. Damn, they've really been stepping up to and on nVidia's toes this year.
bout damn time... now if they can only get the clowns in the processor department to do the same thing. :roll:
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#9
imperialreign
phanbuey said:
bout damn time... now if they can only get the clowns in the processor department to do the same thing. :roll:
I'm sure they're up to something, too . . . they can't just go releasing specs left and right, cause Intel sandbags something fierce . . . anytime AMD release specs for something decent, Intel releases another batch of CPUs with higher clocks or some more features unlocked.

AMD is just operating in stealth mode right now, and will come out fighting with some 1337 ninjer skillz. TBH, I expect this stream idea will be a major force behind their next CPU line.
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#10
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
wow best news i've heard all week!! Woot!! :D
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#11
spearman914
Is this FPS specifically or just loading times??? If it's fps there's no use for such high fps.
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#12
imperialreign
spearman914 said:
Is this FPS specifically or just loading times??? If it's fps there's no use for such high fps.
no - this is any program that doesn't specifically require the GPU solely for running . . . pretty much, anything but games. It's meant that the GPU could potentiall offload some of the CPUs workload, offering better performance in just about any application you could open up.
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#13
xfire
Hasn't anyone used Avivo yet?
http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx?p=xp/radeonxavivo-xp
Install Catalyst
Install Avivo package
Start Catalyst in basic mode
In the easy setup wizard select Avivo converter and proceed.

and incase you search the ATI website for more stuff and run across Hydravision(tranperency effects and such) don't install it, It hit my IGP's perfomance CS went from 60+ to 15 fps. Even after uninstalling it was hit.
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#15
Mussels
Moderprator
ShadowFold said:
This will speed up folding wont it?
no. folding already uses their programmable architecture, this just allows other programs to use it too.
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#16
Hayder_Master
im know some information about this before , but what is i know this driver only for 4870x2 some driver can enable some some kind of bridge between the two core's which is can make run faster , but know i see this is more here , we can called it some reaction from ati on nvidia bigbang2 , but i hope it will be better than nvidia bigbang 2 which they lose this name when release the 180.43 and say it will be 30% more performance , this driver give good performance but maybe 5-7% only sure they was lie about 30% performance
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#17
raptori
yea i think its gonna accelerate some programs causes the stream processors will take the load from CPU isn't it some how similar to CUDA of course with different programs.
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#18
Hayder_Master
raptori said:
yea i think its gonna accelerate some programs causes the stream processors will take the load from CPU isn't it some how similar to CUDA of course with different programs.
agree my friend , ati high core speed must be more useful they don't use it well right now, and we know some gpu speed more than 12x cpu speed
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#19
xfire
screenies










The whole thing is pretty fast but doesn't let me change the resolution of the Video
Should be faster on other cards.
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#20
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
btarunr said:
Everything HD 2000 and upward.
ok you say Everything HD 2000 and upward..... why now am i seeing that it only supports the 4800 series gpu's? what gives? ppl not getting there facts right oh what? I hope im wrong! :wtf:
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#21
xfire
still in the initial stages wait for it. As you can see my card(x1200) has been supported for some time now and its only an IGP.
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