Even though AMD claimed they have a GPGPU part since 2008, the crude reality was that key software from vendors such as Adobe – was accelerated using CUDA, thus only operated on NVIDIA hardware. That situation is now changing in a big way…
AMD just announced that the company is working with Adobe Systems Inc. to feature a set of GPU accelerated features with the Adobe Creative Suite 6. The most interesting part of the announcement is that AMD is focusing bringing those features on consumer-class graphics processors such as ones inside the upcoming Trinity APU and Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs.
This is a clear contrast to NVIDIA, which prefers that prosumer and professional applications such as Adobe Photoshop CS6 are accelerated by Quadro and Tesla – their professional and commercial cards.
According to Adobe, Photoshop CS6 is powered by Mercury Graphics engine which supports OpenGL and OpenCL for viewing and acceleration of most common operations. AMD is touting the new Blur Gallery as the place where Photoshop users can experience up to 10x faster performance than it was the case in the pre-accelerated era. Of course, if you ran anything faster than GeForce GTX 280, chances are you had that level of acceleration already (via CUDA).
AMD added that the company " also worked with Adobe on a dramatically accelerated version of the Liquify tool, a filter within Adobe Photoshop CS6 that lets the user push, pull, rotate, reflect, pucker and bloat any area of an image for artistic effects. There are dozens of other GPU accelerated features in the new Adobe Photoshop CS6. For more features, please visit adobe.com/photoshop."
Very good news for AMD come in the form of Premiere Pro CS6, which utilizes Mercury Playback Engine2, also switching from CUDA to OpenCL. All in all, seems like NVIDIA will have to answer AMD and their superior compute performance on Radeon cards. Then again, given that we all know how much money NVIDIA makes on Quadro and Tesla boards, nothing might change with the green company.
But a consumer is now getting a choice – Radeon or Quadro… the choice is yours.