AMD works with Amazon to create virtualized graphics in the cloud

September 14, 2017 Off By Hoofer
Grazed from VentureBeat. Author: Dean Takahashi

Amazon Web Services has chosen to use Advanced Micro Devices’ graphics 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.

AMD said in a blog post that it’s no secret most enterprise applications — from standard Windows productivity apps to engineering software — run better when they are accelerated by graphics processing units (GPUs). Traditionally, those apps have run on heavy-duty workstations on local machines.


But with the cloud, that processing can be done in the data center. And it can be done faster now because AMD has designed a chip, the AMD Radeon Pro MxGPU (multiuser GPU) for data center computers. AWS can now run graphics applications in the cloud for as many as 16 users at a time, reducing the cost of cloud processing and enabling new benefits for users.

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