A month and a half after unveiling the Radeon VII 7nm gaming GPU at Rs 54,990, AMD has now announced that its cloud-optimized Radeon datacenter GPUs will power Google’s next Gaming Platform ‘Stadia’ which was introduced earlier this week at the Game Developers Conference 2019.
The American semiconductor company announced the Google selected high-performance, custom AMD Radeon datacenter GPUs for its Vulkan and Linux-based gaming platform. AMD is also supporting Google with its software development tools and Linux-based, open-source Vulkan driver to help game developers optimise future titles to run on the new GPU-powered platform.
AMD has detailed that the custom Radeon GPUs that were selected for Google Stadia include hardware-based GPU virtualisation solution built on SR-IOV (Single-Root I/O Virtualization) technology. The GPUs also offer the second generation High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) to provide power savings and Error Correcting Code (ECC)1 protection to help ensure data integrity.
The AMD Radeon GPU Profiler allows game developers to visualize exactly how their application is utilizing the GPU, including how graphics and compute thread groups occupy the GPU. Developers are then able to track event timing and optimize their games for Google Stadia.
Speaking about their latest development, AMD Datacenter GPU Business Unit GM, Ogi Brkic said “By combining our gaming DNA and datacenter technology leadership with a long-standing commitment to open platforms, AMD provides unique technologies and expertise to enable world-class cloud gaming experiences. AMD is delighted to work with Google in its effort to bring amazing gaming experiences to legions of gamers around the world with the reliability and no-compromises performance they expect”.
Google Stadia developer platform product lead, Dov Zimring also commented saying “We’ve worked closely with AMD for years on this project, leading to the development of a custom GPU with leading-edge features and performance for Google Stadia. Google and AMD share a commitment to open-source with expertise in Vulkan, open-source Vulkan GPU drivers, and open-source graphics optimization tools. We’re humbled by the spirit of innovation and collaboration that exists throughout the gaming industry and look forward to pioneering the future of graphics technology with game developers, in open-source”.