Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) today at VMworld 2015 demonstrated the world’s first hardware-based GPU virtualization solution, the AMD Multiuser GPU. This new solution from AMD enables a virtualized workstation-class experience with full ISV certifications and local desktop-like performance. With the AMD Multiuser GPU, IT pros can easily configure these solutions to allow up to 15 users on a single AMD GPU. Demonstrations of AMD virtualization solutions can be found at VMworld 2015 booth 447.
“The AMD graphics cards are uniquely equipped with AMD Multiuser GPU technology embedded into the GPU delivering consistent and predictable performance,” said Sean Burke, AMD corporate vice president and general manager, Professional Graphics. “When these AMD GPUs are appropriately configured to the needs of an organization, end users get the same access to the GPU no matter their workload. Each user is provided with the virtualized performance to design, create and execute their workflows without any one user tying up the entire GPU.”
Built around industry standard SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) technology, the AMD Multiuser GPU continues AMD’s embracement of non-proprietary open standards. SR-IOV is a specification developed by the PCI SIG, and provides a standardized way for devices to expose hardware virtualization. The AMD Multiuser GPU is designed to preserve and support graphics- and compute-accelerated features for design and manufacturing or media and entertainment applications. The AMD Multiuser GPU addresses limitations of current virtualized GPU solutions that may not provide predictable performance for CAD/CAE, Media and Entertainment, and general enterprise GPU needs.
Created for GPU-accelerated workflows such as GPU compute and OpenCL™, the AMD Multiuser GPU is designed to overcome the limitations of software-based virtualization such as reduced end-user performance. Users have access to native AMD display drivers for OpenGL, DirectX™ and OpenCL acceleration, enabling work without restrictions.
Additional AMD Multiuser GPU features include:
- Compute capabilities based on OpenCL supported by industry leading GPU virtualization
- Full feature set support including DirectX™ 12 and OpenGL 4.4
- OpenCL 2.0 acceleration support
- Stable, predictable performance
- User-owned share of local memory providing additional security
- 15 maximum users per physical GPU
AMD Multiuser GPU is designed to work on environments using VMware vSphere/ESXi 5.5 and up, with support for remote protocols such as Horizon View.
AMD strives to provide world-class professional graphics hardware for companies desiring to implement virtualized environments. To help IT managers with the installation process and ongoing support, there are no additional per-seat software costs from AMD beyond the purchase of the AMD Multiuser GPU. (Original Source)
Shares of Advanced Micro Devices closed last Friday at $1.85. AMD has a 1-year high of $4.25 and a 1-year low of $1.61. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $1.87 and its 200-day moving average is $2.39.
On the ratings front, AMD has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on August 13, Topeka analyst Sujeeva De Silva initiated coverage with a Hold rating on AMD and a price target of $2, which implies an upside of 8.1% from current levels. Separately, on August 12, Bernstein Research’s Stacy Rasgon maintained a Sell rating on the stock and has a price target of $1.50.
According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Sujeeva De Silva and Stacy Rasgon have a total average return of 23.1% and 2.3% respectively. Silva has a success rate of 59.8% and is ranked #85 out of 3743 analysts, while Rasgon has a success rate of 51.6% and is ranked #1541.
The street is mostly Neutral on AMD stock. Out of 13 analysts who cover the stock, 7 suggest a Hold rating , 3 suggest a Sell and 3 recommend to Buy the stock. The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $2.84, which represents a potential upside of 53.5% from where the stock is currently trading.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc is a semiconductor company with facilities around the world. It operates in two segments: Computing Solutions and Graphics and Visual Solutions.