At their Capsaicin Siggraph event tonight AMD has announced that what was previously announced as the FireRender rendering engine is being officially launched as AMD Radeon ProRender, and this is becoming open-source as part of AMD's GPUOpen initiative.
From AMD's press release:
AMD today announced its powerful physically-based rendering engine is becoming open source, giving developers access to the source code.
As part of GPUOpen, Radeon ProRender (formerly previewed as AMD FireRender) enables creators to bring ideas to life through high-performance applications and workflows enhanced by photorealistic rendering.
GPUOpen is an AMD initiative designed to assist developers in creating ground-breaking games, professional graphics applications and GPU computing applications with much greater performance and lifelike experiences, at no cost and using open development tools and software.
Unlike other renderers, Radeon ProRender can simultaneously use and balance the compute capabilities of multiple GPUs and CPUs – on the same system, at the same time – and deliver state-of-the-art GPU acceleration to produce rapid, accurate results.
Radeon ProRender plugins are available today for many popular 3D content creation applications, including Autodesk® 3ds Max®, SOLIDWORKS by Dassault Systèmes and Rhino®, with Autodesk® Maya® coming soon. Radeon ProRender works across Windows®, OS X and Linux®, and supports AMD GPUs, CPUs and APUs as well as those of other vendors.
AMD is supposed to be helping
AMD is supposed to be helping with Blender with some View Port functionality, and other AMD/Blender efforts(at around 23.10 in the podcast). This is Semi-offical news, so maybe some AMD ProRendering support, so listen to the podcast.
Blender Institute Podcast #033 – Lego
AMD has a bad habit with open
AMD has a bad habit with open source.
The moment AMD open-sourced its code, the company doesn’t bother to add features and maintain the codebase.
Checkout all the GPUOpen repositories….there the pattern where commits frequency will start to slow down and eventually no more update from AMD as usual. Geez..
AMD’s Boltzmann/GPU Open/other software with the tools to convert all that CUDA lock-in to OpenCL freedom for many users. The HPC/Server/workstation market says AMD is in long term with making those Open Source commits frequency remain. This is Zen and Polaris/Vega/Navi in the HPC/workstation/server markets under AMD/RTG, so AMD will be coming back in the server markets. The Government Exascale research grants will also be there for AMD and the others, and that includes software and hardware grants.
No more Green Goblin lock-in to Nvidia’s pricy Kit for the Server/HPC/Workstation markets. No more for the JHH(Gimper), and NO SOUP for YOU!
if you dont like open source,
if you dont like open source, dont support it, simple as that.
Radeon PRO SSG with 1TB+
Radeon PRO SSG with 1TB+ direct GPU access!
Also 30% from latest Firepro
Also 30% from latest Firepro drivers