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SPEC Releases New Workstation Benchmark

SPECwpc V2.0 GUI

The Workstation Performance Characterization Group inside SPEC (Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation) launched a new workstation benchmark at the Supercomputing Conference (SC’15) held this week in Austin, TX. New SPECwpc V2.0 benchmark marks a new chapter for SPECwpc body, which creates professional benchmarks utilized by commercial entities and research institutes in order to find the ultimate hardware performance on a set of industry-standard benchmarks. Most of upgrades were focusing on changes going on with the PC architecture. According to SPECwpc, these are the upgrades inside the benchmark suite: Improved storage workloads that better reflect performance of NAND Flash devices for high-capacity data storage. Better scalability measurement for


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14nm AMD Greenland tapes out: Attack on NVIDIA Pascal, Intel Xeon Phi


Couple of days ago, GlobalFoundries issued a press release stating that they ‘demonstrated silicon success on the first AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) products using GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ most advanced 14nm FinFET process technology.’ “FinFET technology is expected to play a critical foundational role across multiple AMD product lines, starting in 2016. GLOBALFOUNDRIES has worked tirelessly to reach this key milestone on its 14LPP process. We look forward to GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ continued progress towards full production readiness and expect to leverage the advanced 14LPP process technology across a broad set of our CPU, APU, and GPU products,” said Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Advanced Micro Devices.


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AMD Launches ‘Boltzmann Initiative’


AMD inputted a lot of strategic investments in heterogeneous system architecture (HSA). The most logical step forward is building a suite of tools designed to ease development of high-performance, energy efficient heterogeneous computing systems. This is what the “Boltzmann Initiative” is all about it seems. The “Boltzmann Initiative” leverages HSA’s ability to harness both central processing units (CPU) and AMD FirePro™ graphics processing units (GPU) for maximum compute efficiency through software. The first results of the initiative are featured this week at SC15 and include the Heterogeneous Compute Compiler (HCC); a headless Linux® driver and HSA runtime infrastructure for cluster-class, High Performance Computing (HPC); and the Heterogeneous-compute Interface for


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Intel Moves to Attack NVIDIA Quadro, AMD FirePro Market

Intel Xeon Phi "Knights Landing" Chip Package

At the recently held 2015 HotChips conference, Avinash Sodani (KNL Chief Architect, Senior Principal Engineer, Intel) gave a speech how Intel plans to expand the Xeon Phi product lineup from a server-only, PCIe card concept into three different packages, which would appeal to the workstation and server customers in different fields. On SC’15 Conference, which takes place in Austin, TX – Intel finally confirmed the strategy and is coming out with a workstation product that will feature a fully-enabled Knights Landing (KNL) Many-Core processor. In the first half of 2016, the company will ship Intel-built, Intel-branded workstation powered by self-booting Xeon Phi processor. The processor will be able to boot standard


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Acer Predator X34 34-inch Curved IPS Monitor


After the ASUS ROG PG279Q revealed a few days ago, it seems more companies are venturing into the high-quality monitor range. The Acer Predator X34 is a monster of a monitor with a high-resolution, impressive specifications and a curved display that allows for NVIDIA G-Sync technology usage. It is aimed at gamers. It gives a 21:9 ultra-wide QHD curved monitor with a 3440×1440@60Hz resolution, a 100,000,000:1 max contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 1.07 billion colors. The 100 percent sRGB provides the highest color accuracy and color space reproduction required by gamers, design professionals and photo enthusiasts. The 34-inch curved design with up to 178-degree


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AMD FirePro Will Power New Dell Precision Mobile Workstations


Earlier this week, AMD announced that the new Dell Precision 3510, 7510, and 7710 mobile workstations will be powered by AMD FirePro mobile GPUs, allowing for outstanding application performance. This comes as outstanding news for mobile workstation users. Most prominently, the ones in the Media and Entertainment field. These users will mostly benefit from the AMD FirePro W7170M GPU with outstanding graphics performance in the Dell Precision 7710 mobile workstation matched with almost 3 TFLOPS of single-precision GPU compute power for GPU-accelerated applications and workflows. For engineering and design professionals, Dell Precision mobile workstations with AMD FirePro W7170M, AMD FirePro W5170M, and AMD FirePro W5130M


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Marriott Introduces VR Experience with Samsung GearVR

Marriott Hotels launches "VRoom Service" - a first ever in-room virtual reality travel experience. (PRNewsFoto/Marriott Hotels)

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are starting to gather steam, and unlike previous technology pushes, we’re seeing adoption on a completely new level. Following its The Marriott Teleporter 4-D VR experience, hotel chain Marriott recently teamed up with Samsung in order to bring VR experience to hotel rooms. Dubbed VRoom, this pilot program launched in just two locations in New York (Marriott Marquis) and London (Marriott Park Lane). VRoom consists out of a business suitcase available to guests of respective hotels, which contains Samsung VRGear and headphones. Once connected to hotel WiFi, you can explore Marriott VR experiences – Virtual Reality Postcards – 360 degree panoramas of


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AMD Radeon Fury X: Potential Supercomputing Monster?


When AMD launched its Fiji-based graphics cards, all eyes were focused on its performance in consumer applications such as computer games. And while the first results forced Nvidia to launch “Titan Lite” in the form of GeForce GTX 980 Ti, DirectX 12 benchmarks are starting to show different, brighter outlook for AMD, starting with Ashes of the Singularity. The focus of this article however, is its potential and usage in applications where Fiji GPU will be branded as Fire Pro, and Fire Pro S (Server) – where AMD can take an ASIC and upsell it to commercial clients, with full-speed enabled for Double Precision floating point


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SK Hynix Invests $39 Billion in Three Mega Fabs

SK Hynix M14 DRAM / NAND Foundry in Icheon, South Korea. Photo credit: SK Hynix

Consolidation is inevitable in every industry, yet today saw the announcement that trumps numerous hyped or just rumored acquisitions made to pump up the stock in western media. SK Hynix just made recent moves by industry giants such as Intel ($16.6 billion acquisition of Altera), TSMC, or Micron (rumored sub-23 billion acquisition by the Chinese) – look small. The company announced it will invest no less than 38.9 billion US dollars in a bid to become the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, a crown currently held by Taiwanese TSMC for logic chips and Samsung for DRAM/NAND memory chips. This investment is split into two parts, $26.9 billion to build two


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NVIDIA Shares Skyrocket After Great Financial Results


Today was a day for memory for NVIDIA, as the company’s meteoric stock rise got them on top of Fortune 100 stock moves, ahead of Tesla Motors, Inc. The reason for the growth of the stock, are both second quarter results and upbeat announcement of third quarter earnings. Following the trading close on Thursday, NVIDIA announced its results which were on record levels, even though the company had some serious write offs ($167 million) due to Icera modem business and SHIELD tablet recall; $1.15 billion represents their best second quarter result, up from $1.10 a year earlier. Net income was only 26 million, but that came after


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Siggraph: Basemark and Crytek to Launch VR Benchmark


Siggraph, the annual get-together of ‘all that matters in computer graphics’ is set to open its doors for the 42nd time, this time in Los Angeles Convention Center in California. As always, Siggraph brings a sea of announcements and we believe that this year, we will see never-before seen focus on Virtual and Augmented Reality. However, finding the right balance for Virtual Reality experience will require substantial effort on building a platform (powerful PC, or streaming server for mobile), and one of key requirements is to standardize benchmarking in order to find the proper balance between performance and cost. With immersive game titles such as EVE:


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Video: Birdly VR Enables You to Fly Like a Bird

video birdly vr showcase

If you were wondering what Birdly VR really is, it is a virtual reality platform that employs Oculus Rift, creating an opportunity for you to see how would flying like a bird feel like, is what you want. It’s basically a virtual reality simulator of a bird flight, or yet another showcase of where exactly is virtual reality taking us and where we’ll be headed developing this technology. Flying always is an aspect many human beings would love to experience, but the physical limitations of any possible solution impeded such a quest overall. With Virtual Reality, it’s now fully possible! “Birdly is an installation which explores


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OPINION: What is the Future of Virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality Content around Female Head. Credit: Amelia Rose

When it comes to emerging technologies, which are the ones that stand out in 2015? While there are a number to choose from, it is undoubtedly virtual reality (VR) that is capturing the imaginations of developers, brands and consumers alike. Even Mark Zuckerberg is stating that “VR is the next step for Facebook.” Not only does this have the potential to be lucrative, for example, but it can also change the lives of customers and the world around us forever. Although the technology behind VR has been in development for more than a decade and remains one of the industries worst kept secrets, during the


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Nokia Launches a Surprising VR Device: Professional Camera

Nokia OZO

Without any doubt, Nokia is one of most versatile companies in the world. This company was founded in 1865, and the products the company made since its inception till today is almost deserves to name the company chameleon, not Nokia. After a lot of changes, the company is now consisted out of three business units (Nokia Networks, Nokia Here and Nokia Technologies), one of which is currently in the process of sale, probably to a joint German automotive maker effort (VAG AG represented by Audi, Daimler AG represented by Mercedes-Benz and BMW). Given that Nokia Technologies is tasked with the return to mobile space, we were caught off-guard


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AMD launches affordable A8-7670K APU For Budget Computers


After launching the much wanted R9 Fury, AMD is looking to expand its presence in the budget market with the introduction of the affordable A8-7670K APU revealed earlier. While AMD had less than stellar success rate with their CPU products lately, the newly launched APU models aim to take the throne currently held by Intel i3 CPUs – and might actually have what they need to do it. It also arrives on point for the Windows 10 release, ensuring its place on the budget market is secured thoughtfully. This means that all of those free updates to the new system will come in handy and


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Introducing Sony’s Project Morpheus

Sony Project Morpheus

As we enter the second half of 2015, we are presented with a virtual reality market that is saturated with high-end and entry level products. From the low-cost Merge VR headset to Microsoft’s HoloLens, the VR market has exploded and offers an incredibly diverse array of products for consumers to consider. With this in mind, several of the frontiers opposing virtual reality have been overcome already. Take the suggestion that VR hardware would be prohibitively priced, for example, as while some headsets are relatively costly there are others that have targeted the lower end of the market (think of Google’s simplistic Cardboard invention). There are


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AMD Launches More Affordable, Air Cooled R9 Fury


During E3 2015, AMD launched two lines of graphics cards: Radeon 300 Series and Fiji Series. Radeon 300 Series is mostly based on renaming the 200 Series, with boosted hardware (double the memory, increase the clocks) and software (say hello to Frame Rate Target Control and Virtual Super Resolution) capabilities. Fiji GPU is a completely different beast, with no less than five different products: Few weeks ago, AMD launched R9 Fury X, a liquid cooled version. Sadly, the card was only available in very limited volume and we were unable to obtain one for a review. Now, AMD launched the R9 Fury, an air-cooled version which is available through AMD partner network,


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When will Virtual Reality Games offer a Good Experience with Football?

Two Iceland teams met for a Football match using VR headsets with catastrophic results. Still, AR headset could be interesting.

In the past five years, virtual reality has left the realm of pipeline dream and established itself as something that will soon become a must have gaming apparatus. However, VR headsets offer much more than just an immersive gaming experience, they may be of benefit in the everyday world, especially for those who are involved in sport. This piece will look at how virtual reality can relate to the sport of football as well as football video games. In regards to football games, we will use EA Sports’ FIFA franchise over Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer, simply because FIFA is the far more popular and the 2014


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AMD Moves to Justify Radeon 300 Series Rebrand

AMD Radeon R9 290X Board showcases the Hawaii GPU and 4GB GDDR5 memory.

Just like in the world of sports, there is a lot of personal and below-the-belt attacks on companies we report about, and quite often the heated exchanges happen about Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo consoles, or if we go down to the chip level – discussions about Intel, AMD or Nvidia (interestingly though, we don’t see Qualcomm receiving a lot of flak). Recently, we saw a lot of heated media coverage and comments criticizing the company’s decision to rebrand some of its silicon again, now into the Radeon 300 Series moniker. As a part of its 2015 line-up, some Radeon 300 Series parts are based on silicon


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AMD Radeon Fury X Performance Revealed

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Introduction slide

While VR World is currently working on a detailed series of analysis into how AMD is changing its future by unveiling a completely new product line-up, we were informed by the company’s representatives that the company decided to lift the embargo on performance data for the AMD Radeon Fury X earlier than expected. Thus, while you wait for the architectural analysis of the part (this article will be updated in due course), we are pleased to bring you details from the AMD Radeon Fury X Review Guide, which contains internal performance data of this new, $649 graphic card. This price pitches liquid cooled Radeon Fury X