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Radeon Pro SSG highlighted

By Carolyn Giardina

Radeon Pro technology for large dataset applications is being introduced, and showcased by AMD at IBC. It will be available initially as a developer kit, with a wide release planned for 2017.

Starting at a full terabyte of Radeon Solid State Graphics (SSG), it’s aimed at demanding use case scenarios including real-time post production of 8K video, high-resolution rendering, virtual reality content creation and computational engineering.

Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD, said: “One of the most challenging constraints faced by GPU computing applications is the inability to access terabytes of data. 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 utilising data persistence of non-volatile memory.”

According to AMD, with this new GPU technology a one terabyte extended frame buffer is dedicated to support the GPU. This enables large datasets to be loaded locally, connected over a dedicated PCIe bus.

When the GPU requests content, it looks first in the local frame buffer and only needs to involve the CPU if the data is not already in the extended frame buffer.