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Radeon Pro SSG GPU Comes with 1 TB of SSD Storage Attached
Posted July 27, 2016
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By Jef Cozza. Updated July 27, 2016 9:42AM

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AMD launched a new type of graphics technology this week that the company said will revolutionize the task of image processing for a variety of sectors. The technology, called Radeon Pro Solid State Graphics (SSG), was introduced at the SIGGRAPH 2016 computer graphics convention taking place in Anaheim, Calif.

The new graphics card will start at a full terabyte of memory, more than 10 times the memory capacity of existing GPU memory implementations, the company said.

That leap in memory should help enable much higher levels of performance in a number of use cases, 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, the company said.

Ending Graphics Latency

The new technology is designed to address the issue of excessive latency in applications involving large amounts of data. Graphics latency can arise when slices of data are processed individually and later merged, or when data is fetched from a disk drive or from a cloud service. By providing a dedicated 1 terabyte frame buffer directly on the GPU, the Radeon Pro SSG should eliminate virtually all latency in graphics applications.

“‘If only.’ Those are the words many researchers must have said time and again as they confronted an application, whether in genome sequencing, media and entertainment (M&E), medical imaging or oil and gas exploration, requiring manipulation of huge datasets,” Antal Tungler, senior manager of public relations at AMD, wrote in a blog post on the new technology. “If only they had a solution with enough memory to get the job done, they could open new horizons of knowledge or execute game-changing business strategies.”

The solid state graphics technology will make entirely new applications possible such as the ability to create 3D images of complex, moving structures like the human heart in real time during a cardiac surgery, Tungler said.

The technology will also make it possible for video professionals to play back, edit, and scrub 8K videos in real-time, at 90 frames per second. “We’re providing an unprecedented amount of non-volatile memory at an unprecedented proximity to the GPU, bypassing the operating system and other components in the PC,” Tungler said.

Opening New Possibilities

In addition to addressing existing challenges in data-intensive graphics processing, AMD said the new technology will also make entirely new types of applications possible for the first time.

“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, in a statement. “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.”

The Radeon Pro SSG will be available as a developer kit first at around $10,000, with full availability expected in 2017.

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