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San Jose, California — Apple today gave a sneak peek of iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows. The all-new iMac Pro, with its gorgeous 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, is the most powerful Mac ever made. Featuring a stunning new space gray enclosure, iMac Pro packs incredible performance for advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering. iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at $4,999 (US).

For $5000 you will have:

- a 27-inch 5K display
- an 8-Core Intel Xeon CPU
- 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC RAM
- 1TB PCIe SSD
- AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU with 8GB of HBM2
- front 1080p FaceTime HD camera
- built-in stereo speakers, with 4 microphones, 3.5mm headphone jack
- 10GbE Ethernet
- 4 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
- 4x USB 3.0 ports
- 802.11ac wireless with Bluetooth 4.2


Links:
- Press release
- iMac Pro homepage
- Apple's new iMac Pro costs $5000, but is it overpriced?
- With the iMac Pro, Apple Rediscovers the Creative Class @ wired





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AMD introduces Radeon Pro 500 Series graphics hardware for Mac based on Polaris architecture:
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Radeon™ Pro 500 series graphics embody the pinnacle of the latest graphics technology. Powering both the groundbreaking 15-inch MacBook Pro notebook and unparalleled 21.5 and 27 inch iMac all-in-one line-up, Radeon Pro 500 series graphics deliver the optimal combination of high performance and cool + quiet operation. The “Polaris” architecture in Radeon™ Pro GPUs enable graphics and compute workloads to work together seamlessly. Complex workloads, including advanced 3D modeling/rendering and multi stream 4k non-linear editing are only bounded by your imagination.

The Radeon Pro 500 family: Radeon Pro 580, Radeon Pro 575, Radeon Pro 570, Radeon Pro 560 and Radeon Pro 555.

Link: http://creators.radeon.com/radeon-pro/

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Windows 10 Pro for Workstation PCs
« on: June 05, 2017, 02:16:08 PM »
Microsoft is working on a Workstation version of Windows 10 Pro. This new variant of Windows 10 is intended for advanced users and includes ReFS (the successor of NTFS), faster files handling, support up to 4 CPUs and up to 6TB of RAM.



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World’s thinnest gaming laptop powered by 7th Gen Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, with 120Hz Full HD G-SYNC display and Windows 10 Pro

KEY POINTS
  • Ultraslim profile tapers from 17.9mm to just 16.9mm
  • High-performance best-in-class components including 7th Gen Intel Core i7 (Kaby Lake) CPU and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU
  • ROG-exclusive Active Aerodynamic System delivers powerful cooling and strikingly efficient performance for marathon gaming sessions
  • Front-mounted keyboard has individually backlit keys with Aura RGB lighting, customizable WASD and QWER key lighting, and anti-ghosting 30-key rollover


More information and press release: The ROG Zephryus GX501 brings hardcore gaming to ultra-slim laptops









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Computex 2017 - Intel introduced its new HEDT (high-end desktop) processor family (Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X), the Core X-Series with a big Core i9 7980-XE CPU with 18C/36T. To support these new CPUs, Intel has also announced a new chipset, the X299 platform.

- Core i7-7800X: 6C/12T - price: $389
- Core i7-7820X: 8C/16T - price: $599
- Core i9-7900X: 10C/20T - price: $999
- Core i9-7920X: 12C/24T - price: $1199
- Core i9-7940X: 14C/28T - price: $1399
- Core i9-7960X: 16C/32T - price: $1699
- Core i9-7980XE: 18C/36T - price: $1999




Some links:
- anandtech.com
- pcper.com
- tweaktown.com


Some slides:










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3D-Tech News Around The Web / (Demoscene) How a 64k intro is made
« on: May 22, 2017, 10:01:58 AM »
How is made the Guberniya 64k intro, released at the Revision 2017:

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The demoscene is about producing cool real time works (as in “runs on your computer”) called demos. Some demos are really small, say 64 kilobytes or less, and these are called intros. The name comes from “crack intros”. So an intro is just a demo that’s small.

I’ve noticed many people have interest in demoscene productions but have no idea how they are actually made. This is a braindump/post-mortem of our recent 64k intro Guberniya and I hope that it will be interesting to newcomers and seasoned veterans alike. This article touches basically all techniques used in the demo and should give you an idea what goes into making one. I refer to people with their nick names in this article because that’s what sceners do.

http://www.lofibucket.com/articles/64k_intro.html



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GeeXLab - english forum / GeeXLab 0.15.0.1 for Windows 64-bit
« on: May 18, 2017, 09:46:32 PM »
Some news about GeeXLab 0.15.0.1. This version is available for Windows 64-bit only.

http://www.geeks3d.com/hacklab/20170518/geexlab-0-15-0-1-and-two-sided-lighting/


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3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition
« on: May 17, 2017, 09:51:33 AM »
During the Financial Analyst Day, AMD has introduced the first Vega graphics card: the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition.
This new graphics card should be launched in June 2017.

Some specs:
- GPU: Vega, 14nm
- 4096 streams processors
- 64 compute units
- 64 ROPs
- 16GB HBM2 graphics memory, memory interface: 2048-bit





Links
- Vega Frontier Edition @ pro.radeon.com
- anandtech.com
- pcper.com

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During the Financial Analyst Day, AMD has unveiled plans about the next gen CPU and GPU architectures:





Links:
- techpowerup.com
- overclock3d.net

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May 16, 2017 – IWOCL 2017, Toronto – The Khronos™ Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, announces the immediate availability of the finalized OpenCL™ 2.2 specification, incorporating industry feedback received from developers during the provisional specification review period. In addition to releasing the specification in final form, Khronos has, for the first time, released the full source of the specifications and conformance tests for OpenCL 2.2 onto GitHub to enable deeper community engagement. The conformance tests for OpenCL versions 1.2, 2.0 and 2.1 have also been released on GitHub with more open-source releases to follow.

OpenCL 2.2 brings the most developer-requested feature into core — the new OpenCL C++ kernel language for significantly enhanced parallel programming productivity. OpenCL™ 2.2 has been released in parallel with SPIR-V 1.2 which brings full support for the new OpenCL C++ kernel language into the Khronos-defined intermediate language. OpenCL 2.2 finalization further complements SYCL 2.2, which leverages OpenCL 2.2 to provide the power of single source C++ programming.

“By finalizing OpenCL 2.2, Khronos has delivered on its promise to make C++ a first-class kernel language in the OpenCL standard,” said Neil Trevett, OpenCL chair and Khronos president. “The OpenCL working group is now free to continue its work with SYCL, to converge the power of single source parallel C++ programming with standard ISO C++, and to explore new markets and opportunities for OpenCL — such as embedded vision and inferencing. We are also working to converge with, and leverage, the Khronos Vulkan API — merging advance graphics and compute into a single API.”

Khronos is proud to announce these new features at the IWOCL 2017 Conference, hosted at the University of Toronto and sponsored by the Fields Institute, in Toronto, Canada, where participants have a choice of four tutorials, 19 technical sessions, a Khronos panel discussion, posters, demos, and a conference dinner and networking event. The Khronos Group, alongside other Khronos Group Members, is the primary sponsor of IWOCL.

About OpenCL 2.2

OpenCL 2.2 defines the OpenCL C++ kernel language as a static subset of the C++14 standard. OpenCL C++ includes classes, templates, lambda expressions, function overloads and many other constructs to increase parallel programming productivity through generic and meta-programming.

OpenCL library functions can now take advantage of the C++ language to provide increased safety and reduced undefined behavior while accessing features such as atomics, iterators, images, samplers, pipes, and device queue built-in types and address spaces.

Pipe storage is a new device-side type in OpenCL 2.2 that is useful for FPGA implementations by making connectivity size and type known at compile time, enabling efficient device-scope communication between kernels.

OpenCL 2.2 also includes features for enhanced optimization of generated code: applications can provide the value of specialization constants at SPIR-V compilation time, a new query can detect non-trivial constructors and destructors of program scope global objects, and user callbacks can be set at program release time.


About SPIR-V 1.2

SPIR-V (Standard Portable Intermediate Representation) is the first open standard, cross-API intermediate language for natively representing parallel compute and graphics. As well as supporting the OpenCL C++ kernel language, SPIR-V 1.2 adds support for runtime specialization of key tuning parameters in OpenCL 2.2 such as workgroup size.


About SYCL 2.2

SYCL lets developers easily accelerate C++ software on OpenCL devices. SYCL is used in artificial intelligence frameworks because it matches the single-source programming style that enables complex deep learning graphs to use accelerators efficiently. SYCL 2.2 adds the capabilities of OpenCL 2.2 to the SYCL specification.

The open-source C++ 17 Parallel STL for SYCL, hosted by Khronos, will enable the upcoming C++ standard to support OpenCL 2.2 features such as shared virtual memory, generic pointers and device-side enqueue.

OpenCL C++ and SYCL between them now provide developers the choice of two C++ approaches. For developers who want to separate their device-side kernel source code and their host code, the C++ kernel language can be the best option. This is the approach taken with OpenCL C today, as well as the widely-adopted approach taken by shaders in graphics software. The alternative approach, commonly called 'single-source' C++, is the approach taken by SYCL, CUDA, OpenMP and the C++ 17 Parallel STL. By specifying both SYCL and the C++ kernel language, Khronos provides developers maximum choice, while aligning the two specifications so that code can be easily shared between these complementary approaches.

Full press-release can be found HERE.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 Specifications
« on: May 16, 2017, 08:52:36 AM »
Entry level GeForce GT 1030 specs:

- GPU: GP108 (Pascal),  base clock: 1227MHz, boost clock: 1468MHz
- CUDA cores: 384
- 24 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Memory: 2GB GDDR5 @ 6000MHz effective (1500MHz real speed), 128-bit memory interface
- TDP: 35W
- Estimated price: 80 EUR.
- Possible launch: May 17th 2017

source1 | source2

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Geeks3D's GPU Tools / GPU Shark 0.10.x released
« on: May 15, 2017, 08:49:41 PM »

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RecursiveBF is a lightweight C++ library for recursive bilateral filtering.

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Recursive bilateral filtering (developed by Qingxiong Yang) is pretty fast compared with most edge-preserving filtering methods

- computational complexity is linear in both input size and dimensionality:
- takes about 43 ms to process a one megapixel color image (i7 1.8GHz & 4GB mem)
- about 18x faster than Fast high-dimensional filtering using the permutohedral lattice
- about 86x faster than Gaussian kd-trees for fast high-dimensional filtering

Links:
- RecursiveBF @ github
- RecursiveBF homepage



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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA GeForce Hotfix driver 382.19
« on: May 11, 2017, 09:04:13 AM »
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This is GeForce Hot Fix driver version 382.19 that addresses the following:

- This hotfix resolves a stutter issue experienced on some configurations while playing Prey

Download Links

- win10 64-bit

- win10 32-bit

- win7/win8 64-bit

- win7/win8 32-bit

(source)


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The SIGGRAPH Technical Papers program is the premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2017 brings together thousands of computer graphics professionals, 30 July - 3 August 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Learn more and register at http://s2017.siggraph.org/

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YvIHREdVX4

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When it comes to multi-GPU (mGPU), most developers immediately think of complicated Crossfire setups with two or more GPUs and how to make their game run well on those setups. This is however only one side of the mGPU story – the other one is mGPU during content creation. If you’re a developer working on a game, you should think of using mGPU to make your life easier.

Link: http://gpuopen.com/content-creation-tools-multi-gpu/

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Here is a simple weather station, coded with GeeXLab, that woks with the Raspberry Pi and the Sense HAT:

http://www.geeks3d.com/20170505/raspberry-pi-sense-hat-a-simple-weather-station/



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3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD Vega GPU thread
« on: May 04, 2017, 07:02:12 PM »
It's time for a topic on AMD Vega 10/11 GPUs...

AMD Vega 10 specifications:
- 4096 shader cores (64 Next-Gen compute units, with 64 shader cores per compute unit)
- 4 shader engines (with 1024 shader cores per shader engine)
- 64 ROps
- 256 TMUs
- memory interface: 2048-bit
- memory: 8GB HBM2

First graphics cards based on Vega should be launched near the end of June 2017.

- AMD Radeon RX Vega Specs Leaked In Linux Patch – Features 4 Shader Engines, 256 TMUs & 64 ROPs






Vega Benchmarks:

- 3DMark TimeSpy Benchmark Of Early Radeon RX Vega Prototype Leaks Out




Three Radeon RX Vega SKU could be launched: the slowest is faster than GeForce GTX 1070 and the fastest chip should compete with GTX 1080 Ti.
- AMD Works on At Least Three Radeon RX Vega SKUs, Slowest Faster than GTX 1070?







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The CPU benchmark of CPU-Z has been updated after the release of AMD Ryzen processors. The following article brings some elements of answer as well as some scores:

http://www.geeks3d.com/20170504/cpu-benchmark-cpu-z-1-78-and-cpu-z-1-79-scores/




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Geeks3D's GPU Tools / FurMark 1.19.0 released
« on: May 04, 2017, 12:10:59 PM »
FurMark 1.19 is a maintenance release. More information and download:

http://www.geeks3d.com/20170502/furmark-1-19-gpu-burner-stress-test-opengl-benchmark/



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