AMD Radeon™ GPUs and Developer Tools Tapped for New Generation Gaming Platform, Google Stadia

Cloud-opti­mi­zed AMD dat­a­cen­ter GPUs and robust soft­ware tools enab­le deve­lo­pers to crea­te excep­tio­nal, scala­b­le, high-per­for­mance game strea­ming expe­ri­en­ces

San Fran­cis­co, Calif.


Buil­ding on a clo­se, long-term col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween the two com­pa­nies, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announ­ced that Goog­le selec­ted high-per­for­mance, custom AMD Rade­on dat­a­cen­ter GPUs for its Vul­kan® and Linux®-based Goog­le Sta­dia. Goog­le announ­ced the plat­form today at the Game Deve­lo­pers Con­fe­rence (GDC) in San Fran­cis­co, Calif. AMD also is sup­por­ting Goog­le with its soft­ware deve­lop­ment tools and Linux-based, open-source Vul­kan dri­ver to help game deve­lo­pers opti­mi­ze future tit­les to run on the new GPU-powe­red plat­form.

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,” said Ogi Brkic, cor­po­ra­te vice pre­si­dent and gene­ral mana­ger of the Dat­a­cen­ter GPU Busi­ness Unit at AMD. “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.” 

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,” said Dov Zim­ring, Goog­le Sta­dia deve­lo­per plat­form pro­duct lead. “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.”

High-performance AMD Datacenter GPUs

Strea­ming gra­phics-rich games to mil­li­ons of users on demand and from the cloud requi­res ultra high-per­for­mance pro­ces­sing capa­bi­li­ties to mini­mi­ze laten­cy and maxi­mi­ze game per­for­mance. It also requi­res advan­ced tech­no­lo­gies to tack­le uni­que dat­a­cen­ter chal­len­ges, inclu­ding secu­ri­ty, mana­gea­bi­li­ty, and sca­la­bi­li­ty.

Custom AMD high-per­for­mance Rade­on dat­a­cen­ter GPUs for Goog­le Sta­dia inclu­de:

  • Second-genera­ti­on High-Band­width Memo­ry (HBM2) to pro­vi­de power savings in a com­pact foot­print;
  • Cri­ti­cal dat­a­cen­ter fea­tures such as Error Cor­rec­ting Code (ECC)1 pro­tec­tion to help ensu­re data inte­gri­ty;
  • Fast, pre­dic­ta­ble per­for­mance with secu­ri­ty fea­tures for cloud-based gaming, via the industry’s first hard­ware-based GPU vir­tua­li­za­ti­on solu­ti­on built on indus­try stan­dard SR-IOV (Sin­gle-Root I/O Vir­tua­li­za­ti­on) tech­no­lo­gy.

The AMD gra­phics archi­tec­tu­re sup­ports a wide ran­ge of today’s gaming plat­forms – from PCs to major game con­so­les – enab­ling deve­lo­pers to opti­mi­ze their games for a sin­gle GPU archi­tec­tu­re and extend the­se bene­fits across mul­ti­ple plat­forms which now inclu­de lar­ge-sca­le cloud gaming plat­forms.

Robust Developer Tools              

Power­ful AMD soft­ware tools enab­le deve­lo­pers to opti­mi­ze their games and other app­li­ca­ti­ons for AMD Rade­on GPUs. AMD empowers deve­lo­pers with a ran­ge of opti­ons and broad fle­xi­bi­li­ty to opti­mi­ze the per­for­mance of GPU-based app­li­ca­ti­ons based on a long-stan­ding com­mit­ment to open-source plat­forms, inclu­ding Linux-based dri­vers and sup­port for the low-level Vul­kan API that pro­vi­de broad con­trol over the per­for­mance, effi­ci­en­cy and capa­bi­li­ties of AMD Rade­on GPUs.

The open-source AMD Linux dri­vers allow Goog­le and its deve­lop­ment part­ners to inspect the code and under­stand exac­t­ly how the dri­ver works, enab­ling them to bet­ter opti­mi­ze their app­li­ca­ti­ons to inter­face with AMD Rade­on GPUs. The dri­ver also con­tains an app­li­ca­ti­on tra­cing com­po­nent that, tog­e­ther with the AMD Rade­on GPU Pro­fi­ler (RGP), pro­vi­des access to detail­ed, low-level infor­ma­ti­on about how workloads run on AMD Rade­on GPUs. Iden­ti­fy­ing timing issu­es that might sug­gest poten­ti­al opti­mi­za­ti­ons, this capa­bi­li­ty dra­ma­ti­cal­ly impro­ves deve­lo­pers’ abi­li­ty to crea­te app­li­ca­ti­ons that deli­ver the best pos­si­ble per­for­mance on AMD Rade­on GPUs.

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. RGP also inter­ope­ra­tes with the popu­lar open-source Ren­der­Doc gra­phics debug­ging tool to give deve­lo­pers deeper real-time insights into the ren­de­ring of each frame, redu­cing the time requi­red to debug and pro­fi­le frames during the deve­lop­ment pro­cess.

RGP ope­ra­tes the same way in a vir­tua­li­zed envi­ron­ment as it does when run­ning on a dedi­ca­ted PC cli­ent, making it easy for deve­lo­pers to opti­mi­ze their app­li­ca­ti­ons for vir­tua­li­zed GPUs in lar­ge sca­le envi­ron­ments as they would for any other gaming plat­form.

For more infor­ma­ti­on about the Sta­dia game strea­ming plat­form, visit the Goog­le blog here.

Supporting Resources

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About AMD

For 50 years AMD has dri­ven inno­va­ti­on in high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting, gra­phics and visua­li­za­ti­on tech­no­lo­gies ― the buil­ding blocks for gaming, immer­si­ve plat­forms and the dat­a­cen­ter. Hund­reds of mil­li­ons of con­su­mers, lea­ding For­tu­ne 500 busi­nes­ses and cut­ting-edge sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch faci­li­ties around the world rely on AMD tech­no­lo­gy dai­ly to impro­ve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focu­sed on buil­ding gre­at pro­duc­ts that push the bounda­ries of what is pos­si­ble. For more infor­ma­ti­on about how AMD is enab­ling today and inspi­ring tomor­row, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMDweb­siteblogFace­book and Twit­ter pages.

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If GF is not able to satis­fy AMD’s manu­fac­tu­ring requi­re­ments, its busi­ness could be adver­se­ly impac­ted; AMD reli­es on third par­ties to manu­fac­tu­re its pro­duc­ts, and if they are unab­le to do so on a time­ly basis in suf­fi­ci­ent quan­ti­ties and using com­pe­ti­ti­ve tech­no­lo­gies, AMD’s busi­ness could be mate­ri­al­ly adver­se­ly affec­ted; fail­u­re to achie­ve expec­ted manu­fac­tu­ring yields for AMD’s pro­duc­ts could nega­tively impact its finan­ci­al results; the suc­cess of AMD’s busi­ness is depen­dent upon its abi­li­ty to intro­du­ce pro­duc­ts on a time­ly basis with fea­tures and per­for­mance levels that pro­vi­de value to its custo­mers while sup­por­ting and coin­ci­ding with signi­fi­cant indus­try tran­si­ti­ons; if AMD can­not gene­ra­te suf­fi­ci­ent reve­nue and ope­ra­ting cash flow or obtain exter­nal finan­cing, it may face a cash short­fall and be unab­le to make all of its plan­ned invest­ments in rese­arch and deve­lop­ment or other stra­te­gic invest­ments; the loss of a signi­fi­cant custo­mer may have a mate­ri­al adver­se effect on AMD; AMD’s rece­ipt of reve­nue from its semi-custom SoC pro­duc­ts is depen­dent upon its tech­no­lo­gy being desi­gned into third-par­ty pro­duc­ts and the suc­cess of tho­se pro­duc­ts; AMD pro­duc­ts may be sub­ject to secu­ri­ty vul­nera­bi­li­ties that could have a mate­ri­al adver­se effect on AMD; data breaches and cyber-attacks could com­pro­mi­se AMD’s intel­lec­tu­al pro­per­ty or other sen­si­ti­ve infor­ma­ti­on, be cost­ly to reme­dia­te and cau­se signi­fi­cant dama­ge to its busi­ness and repu­ta­ti­on; AMD’s ope­ra­ting results are sub­ject to quar­ter­ly and sea­so­nal sales pat­terns; glo­bal eco­no­mic uncer­tain­ty may adver­se­ly impact AMD’s busi­ness and ope­ra­ting results; AMD may not be able to gene­ra­te suf­fi­ci­ent cash to ser­vice its debt obli­ga­ti­ons or meet its working capi­tal requi­re­ments; AMD has a lar­ge amount of indeb­ted­ness which could adver­se­ly affect its finan­ci­al posi­ti­on and pre­vent it from imple­men­ting its stra­te­gy or ful­fil­ling its con­trac­tu­al obli­ga­ti­ons; the agree­ments gover­ning AMD’s notes and the Secu­red Revol­ving Line of Credit impo­se restric­tions on AMD that may adver­se­ly affect its abi­li­ty to ope­ra­te its busi­ness; the mar­kets in which AMD’s pro­duc­ts are sold are high­ly com­pe­ti­ti­ve; AMD’s issu­an­ce to West Coast Hitech L.P. 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  1. ECC sup­port is limi­ted to the HBM2 memo­ry and ECC pro­tec­tion is not pro­vi­ded for inter­nal GPU struc­tures.