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AMD Radeon ProRender May 2020 Updates!

With the launch of Radeon Pro VII, AMD announced a slew of updates for Radeon ProRender, including a sneak peek of Radeon ProRender 2.0!

Here is the full list of updates, as well as the official AMD briefing on its performance with Radeon Pro VII!

 

AMD Radeon ProRender Performance with Radeon Pro VII

First, here is the official AMD tech briefing on the Radeon ProRender performance with Radeon Pro VII.

 

AMD Radeon ProRender May 2020 Updates!

Here are the new updates AMD is introducing for Radeon ProRender, with a special experimental Radeon ProRender 2.0 mode!

Easier Implementation

AMD Radeon ProRender SDKs are now freely available under the permissive Apache Licence 2.0, simplifying the licensing agreement to use Radeon ProRender in your own application.

AMD is also making open-source versions of all their Radeon ProRender plug-ins available on GPUOpen, so developers can use as examples on how to integrate ProRender into their application.

Updated SDKs

A new beta of Radeon ProRender 2.0 SDK is now available, which will introduce these new features :

  • a new flexible shader node system,
  • out-of-core support for heavy geometry,
  • improved rendering algorithm for better convergence with the same samples per pixel, and
  • better CPU + GPU rendering

AMD also released Radeon Rays 4.0, an update of their high-performance ray intersection acceleration library, with a custom AABB hierarchy, and GPU Bounding Volume Hierarchy (BVH) optimisations.

This new version supports both AMD GPUs and CPUs, as well as those of other vendors using DirectX 12 and Vulkan.

New Unreal Engine Plug-In

AMD is also releasing their new Radeon ProRadeon plug-in for Unreal Engine, which introduces :

  • Vulkan API-based Full Spectrum Rendering technology
  • Full OpenCL path-traced rendering
  • AI-accelerated demonising
  • Adaptive sampling
  • Native tone mapping
  • Gamma controls

This plug-in is fully-integrated into Unreal Engine, and uses existing lights, materials and textures of any scene you create.

Updated Blender Plug-In

AMD also updated their plug-in to support the upcoming release of Blender 2.83, which includes :

  • an OpenVBD volumes node
  • improved export times for image files
  • support for ObjectID and MaterialID AOVs
  • experimental Radeon ProRender 2.0 mode

Updated Autodesk Maya Plug-In

They also updated their Autodesk Maya plug-in to support version 2020, which adds features like :

  • support for rendering OpenVBD volumes
  • Radeon ProRender lights showing in Maya Light Editor and HyperShade
  • support for more Maya shader nodes, camera motion blur
  • experimental Radeon ProRender 2.0 mode

Updated SideFX Houdini 18 Plug-In

This plug-in was updated to include :

  • support for Houdini principled shader
  • improved Radeon ProRender area lights
  • added motion blur support
  • improved OpenVBD volume rendering

 

AMD Radeon ProRender : Where To Download

Here is where you can download the updated SDKs and plug-ins :

 

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Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Tech Report

The new AMD Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver is here! It is a mouthful, to be sure! Find out what’s new in the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver, and how it delivers enterprise-grade quality and reliability, and better performance, for professional applications!

Updated @ 2018-05-13 : Added more details and links.

Originally posted @ 2018-05-11

 

AMD Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2

AMD Radeon Pro Software is a professional-grade driver that lets you maximise the performance and capabilities of AMD Radeon Pro graphics solutions. The Enterprise Edition is a special version of the Radeon Pro Software that emphasises enterprise-grade quality and reliability.

The new Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 is now certified for over 100 workstation applications, including leading professional applications like Autodesk AutoCAD, Dassault Systèmes CATIA, Siemens NX, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Autodesk Maya.

In this technical report, we split the topic into easily-digested portions :

 

What’s New In Enterprise Edition 18.Q2

AMD releases the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition in quarterly updates. Here are what’s new in the Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver :

Support for Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Microsoft released the Windows 10 April 2018 Update at the end of April with a slew of new and improved features. Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 adds enterprise-level support for Windows 10 April 2018, so you don’t have to worry about post-upgrade reliability issues.

Display Issues Fixed In Enterprise Edition 18Q2

  • Radeon Pro Overlay will now appear when you run two monitors in clone mode.
  • Fixed display issues for full-screen 3×2 AMD Eyefinity Pro display configurations.

VDI-Specific Known Issues With Enterprise Edition 18Q2

  • VM may disconnect after upgrading to this driver, and will be unable to connect until it is rebooted.
  • The energy subtest of SPECviewperf 12.1.1 may not complete in an MxGPU environment.

Feature Support Information

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  • Driver Options is available on Microsoft Windows 10. Always update to the latest gaming drivers to mitigate driver switching issues. This is not available with multi-GPU configurations nor with Radeon Pro Duo (Polaris). This is not available for mobile platforms.
  • Multi-GPU Eyefinity Pro on Microsoft Windows 10 is not currently supported on any hardware for Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2.

ISV Certification Notes

  • Due to Maya-MtoA software issue Trac #3142, some Viewport Draw modes for stand-ins draw an infinite line. Workaround is to toggle the Viewport Draw Mode of the stand-in in the Attribute Editor.
  • Autodesk Maya 2017/2018 may show gray patch in playback in certain models due Maya issue Maya 41945. Workaround is to click on a different frame on timeline or to click on first frame.

Apple Boot Camp

The AMD Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18Q2 is not intended for use on Radeon GPUs running in Apple Boot Camp.

 

Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Compatibility

AMD Product Family Model
Radeon Pro WX Series Radeon Pro WX 9100 (16 GB | 32 GB)
Radeon Pro WX 7100 (Price Check)
Radeon Pro WX 5100 (Price Check)
Radeon Pro WX 4100 (Price Check)
Radeon Pro WX 3100 (Price Check)
Radeon Pro WX 2100 (Price Check)
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (Air | Liquid)
Radeon Pro Series Radeon Pro SSG
Radeon Pro Duo (Polaris & Fiji)
FirePro W Series FirePro W9100 (16 GB | 32 GB)
FirePro W9000 (Price Check)
FirePro W8100 (Price Check)
FirePro W8000 (Price Check)
FirePro W7100 (Price Check)
FirePro W7000 (Price Check)
FirePro W5100 (Price Check)
FirePro W5000 (Price Check)
FirePro W4300 (Price Check)
FirePro W4100 (Price Check)
FirePro W2100 (Price Check)
FirePro W600 (Price Check)
FirePro S Series FirePro S7150x2 (Price Check)
FirePro S7150 (Price Check)
FirePro S7100X (Price Check)
All other FirePro S series products
Dell Mobile Radeon Pro WX7100
Radeon Pro WX4150
Radeon Pro WX4130
FirePro W7170M
FirePro W5170M
FirePro W5130M
FirePro W4170M
FirePro M6100
FirePro M6000
FirePro M5100
FirePro M4000
HP Mobile Radeon Pro WX4170
Radeon Pro WX4150
Radeon Pro WX3100
FirePro W6150M
FirePro W5170M
FirePro W4190M

 

Download Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2

Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 is free to download and use for compatible AMD graphics solutions. It is available for the following operating systems :

  • Windows 10 (64-bit and 32-bit)
  • Windows 7 SP1 or better (64-bit and 32-bit)
  • Windows Server 2016 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • Linux

You can download the drivers here.

Next Page > Enterprise Edition Key Features – Better Quality + Security

 

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Key Features Of Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Part 1

Enterprise-Grade Quality

To deliver enterprise-grade quality and reliability, every Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition driver undergoes a stringent stability testing process. This process consists of “waves” of testing by both AMD and their OEM partners. Such extensive pre-launch testing helps to minimize post-launch issues.

Thanks to OEM and ISV partner tests and a final wave of beta user tests, there were zero reported issues with the Enterprise Edition driver in 2017 for over 99.99% of AMD Radeon Pro users. These tests are not limited to only a few professional software vendors.

The Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition drivers are certified on over 80 of the leading professional applications. The last 18.Q1 Enterprise Edition driver even scored a 100% pass rate for all the certifications AMD submitted it to.

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Better Security

Data security is an oft-neglected aspect in the pursuit of better performance. That has led to major security flaws like Meltdown and Spectre. Look at the thousands of CPU models that were affected by just those two flaws.

Working with the AMD Secure Processor, Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18Q2 delivers advanced security features to help thwart malicious attacks, giving enterprises added protection for their valuable intellectual property.

The Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition also provides secure virtualization capabilities through the AMD MxGPU Technology. Because it is hardware virtualization technology, it offers users a dedicated and isolated share of the graphics memory for increased security.

AMD offers a predictable quarterly release schedule, that targets the 2nd Wednesday of the 2nd month of each quarter. This makes it easier for IT managers to plan for their next driver update, with the next Enterprise Edition release scheduled for August 8th, 2018.

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Key Features Of Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Part 2

Better Performance

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group, shared these performance findings with us.

The continuous performance optimizations in every Radeon Pro Software driver update, thanks in part to the close technology partnerships we have with ISV application developers, means you can get new GPU-like performance improvements over the lifetime of your graphics investment, as shown in the chart below.

For the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver we are delivering significant performance improvements in Dassault Systèmes CATIA. The 18Q2 driver is up to 38% faster when running AMD’s internal benchmark of complex customer models and up to two times faster with the AMD internal assembly model benchmark.

For design and manufacturing applications, the 18.Q2 Enterprise Edition driver when compared to the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17Q2 is up to an estimated 47% faster in Siemens NX when tested with SPECviewperf 12.1 snx-02, up to an estimated 14% faster in PTC Creo when tested with SPECapc for PTC Creo 3.0, and up to an estimated 12% faster in SOLIDWORKS when tested with SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2015.

For media and entertainment applications, the 18.Q2 Enterprise Edition driver when compared to the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17Q2 is up to an estimated 44% faster in Autodesk 3ds Max when tested with SPECapc for Autodesk 3ds Max 2015 and up to an estimated 22% faster in Autodesk Maya when tested with SPECapc for Autodesk Maya 2017.

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New Radeon ProRender Plug-Ins

While not technically part of the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver, AMD also introduced updated versions of the Radeon ProRender plug-ins for 3ds Max, Maya and Blender. Following the release of new macOS versions in April, AMD has just released :

  • updated Windows and Linux versions of the Radeon ProRender plug-in for Blender,

  • an updated Windows version of the Radeon ProRender plug-in for Maya, as well as,

  • an updated Radeon ProRender plug-in for 3ds Max.

These plug-ins introduce several new features and enhancements including updates to the Uber and Light Shaders, support for volumetrics and interactive denoising – accelerating artists’ workflows and ultimately making their lives easier.

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Complete Set Of Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Slides

 

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NVIDIA Brings Near Real-Time Ray Tracing To The Masses

At a regional tech briefing in Singapore on Friday, NVIDIA revealed the power of the NVIDIA ProViz computing platform. Leveraging on the parallel computing capabilities of the NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards to power the NVIDIA Iray technology, they are now able to deliver near real-time ray tracing.

In this video, Bob Pette, VP and General Manager of the NVIDIA Quadro team, explains how NVIDIA Iray and MDL (Material Definition Language) allow for predictive design through near real-time ray tracing. Check out how they help cut down the time to render ray traced images from hours to mere seconds!

More importantly, NVIDIA is finally making this available to the end-users via NVIDIA Iray plugins. Starting now, NVIDIA is offering Iray plugins for both 3ds Max 2016 and Maya 2016. The plugins for 3ds Max 2015 and 3ds Max 2014, as well as the plugin for Maya 2016 for Linux will be available in January 2016. There will also be NVIDIA Iray plugins for Autodesk Revit, Maxon Cinema 4D and Rhino in the spring or summer of 2016.

All these plugins will be sold directly by NVIDIA to end-users for $295 per year, with a 90-day free trial. According to Bob Pette, this price will be the upper limit, with these NVIDIA Iray plugins offered by their partners at lower price points in their own bundles.

 

Ray Tracing & Predictive Design

Ray tracing has been around for decades, and offers the most photorealistic rendering of any 3D image. However, it is computationally intensive which means real-time rendering is not remotely possible. In fact, the workflow is arduously long and more importantly disconnected.

The disconnect is a big problem, because it means the designer cannot immediately see the results of his/her work. Instead, he/she will have to wait for the final render to be delivered before making changes, and the process repeats until the design is accepted.

Thanks to the highly-parallelised nature of ray tracing, NVIDIA Quadro family of professional graphics cards can deliver almost real-time ray tracing capability via their NVIDIA Iray technology.

This capability allows a much quicker “Predictive Design” process, because the designer can now predict what the final output would be. Instead of waiting for a render to be finalised at some off-site location, the designer can almost instantly produce a ray-traced view of the design.

Best of all, this capability does not require the designer to physically have access to a powerful render farm, or even high-powered workstations with multiple NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards. In fact, less capable devices, like the NVIDIA Shield tablet, can remotely access those capabilities.

Don’t believe us? Well, take a look at the NVIDIA Iray “Predictive Design” Demo On The NVIDIA Shield Tablet!

 

How Is This Important?

As far as gaming is concerned, the photorealism derived from ray tracing is not worth the effort and cost. The current “Predictive Design” capability offered by NVIDIA Iray offers a glimpse of what might be possible for PC gaming maybe a decade or two down the line.

[adrotate banner=”4″]What NVIDIA Iray offers now is a much faster and better workflow for designers, whether they are in the engineering or architectural industry. They can now design better products and even buildings faster, because they can see the effects almost immediately.

In his presentation (which we will be posting shortly), he demonstrated how the lack of such ray tracing capabilities have resulted in design faux pas like the infamous Walkie Talkie skyscraper (now nicknamed Walkie Scorchie!), which melted cars in London with its “death ray”.

The remote rendering capability that Bob demonstrated in this amazing video will also be appealing to companies that offer customisation of their products – like cars, apparel and jewellery. Their sales staff can now change colour and material and almost instantly render the final product image for the client to view and approve on-the-spot. Impressive, isn’t it?