Wednesday, January 7, 2009

AMD Plans Peta-Flop Capacity "Render Cloud" to Drive Online HD Video

AMD unveiled plan for the "AMD Fusion Render Cloud," a massively-parallel supercomputer with petaFLOP capacity and designed for HD video rendering. The supercomputer, which is planned for the second half of the year, is being engineered to process up to a million compute threads across more than 1,000 graphics processors. The system is being designed to enable content providers to deliver video games, PC applications and other graphically-intensive applications through the Internet cloud to virtually any type of mobile device with a web browser without making the device rapidly deplete battery life or struggle to process the content.

AMD said its Fusion Render Cloud will transform movie and gaming experiences through server-side rendering -- which stores visually rich content in a compute cloud, compresses it, and streams it in real-time over a wireless or broadband connection to a variety of devices such as smart phones, set-top boxes and ultra-thin notebooks. By delivering remotely rendered content to devices that are unable to store and process HD content due to such constraints as device size, battery capacity, and processing power, HD cloud computing represents the capability to bring HD entertainment to mobile users virtually anywhere.

The AMD Fusion Render Cloud will be powered by AMD-optimized hardware including the AMD Phenom II processors, AMD 790 chipsets and ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics processors. AMD plans to provide the hardware and engineering resources for the AMD Fusion Render Cloud, with OTOY providing technical software development and a middleware layer.

"AMD has a long track record in the supercomputing world. Seven out of 10 of the world's fastest machines, including the fastest two computers on the planet, are powered by AMD hardware," said Dirk Meyer, AMD's President and Chief Executive Officer.

A recorded webcast of Meyer's keynote address is available online.

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