AWS using AMD graphic technology to run graphics software in the cloud

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Amazon Web Services has chosen to use AMD graphic technology to run graphics software in the cloud. The net result is that it could become a lot cheaper to process graphics-intensive apps in the cloud rather than on a local machine.

According to AMD, most enterprise applications from standard Windows productivity apps to engineering software run better when they accelerate by GPUs. Traditionally, those apps run on heavy-duty workstations on local machines.

However, with the cloud, the processing can do with the data center quickly. Now AMD has designed a chip, the AMD Radeon Pro MxGPU (multiuser GPU) for data center computers. AWS can now run graphics applications for as many as 16 users at a time in the cloud, reducing the cost of cloud processing and enabling new benefits for users.

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Workstations

Users who tap the graphics processing power in the cloud will no longer need heavy-duty hardware. This workstations to run engineering software. The software can process in the cloud and the results sent over the Internet to the user’s machine, which no longer needs as much processing power. That cuts the user’s hardware costs dramatically.

Michael DeNeffe, from AMD, said, the number of applications needing graphics acceleration is growing rapidly. Graphics in the cloud enable apps to execute in the cloud and delivered remotely. Data can store centrally, securely, and creating new designs can do on any device, anywhere on the network.

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DeNeffe, said, enabling secure mobility sounds great, but doing it efficiently and cost effectively can be a challenge. This is where AWS and AMD come in.

AWS will use AMD’s chips for the new graphical design instance on Amazon AppStream 2.0. It is a fully managed secure application streaming service that allows a user to stream desktop applications from AWS to any device running a web browser.

With Graphics Design instances, users can run graphics-accelerated applications at a fraction of the cost of using graphics workstations. And can lower the cost of streaming a graphics app on AppStream 2.0 by up to 50 percent, DeNeffe said.

More information: [AMD]

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