West Surrey Racing

Design, Simulate, Innovate

Many design engineers today rely on NX from Siemens PLM Software, which provides professional environment to design, manage, simulate and analyze comprehensive products.  High quality, real-time 3D modeling is essential to the entire product development process, with many assemblies having hundreds or even thousands of components.  AMD’s Radeon™ Pro workstation graphics cards are designed and built for this purpose, with extensive testing and certifications by Siemens and AMD to ensure the highest levels of performance are achieved.

Witness how West Surrey Racing uses Radeon Pro graphics and Siemens NX to help drive success for their racing team. 

Read more about WSR in the success story section below.

The five time British Touring Car Championship-winning team uses a combination of HP's professional graphics workstations and AMD's high-performance GPUs, both in its office and at the track.

Learn how Radeon™ Pro WX graphics cards and HP help Drew MacDonald, Dick Bennetts and WSR racing stay relevant at the upper echelons of racing for over three decades.

OpenCL™ Support

Radeon™ Pro workstation graphics delivers a powerful solution for NX Nastran users to design and simulate on the same workstation. GPU computing provides opportunities to increase application performance by using the massively parallel architecture or modern graphics processors (GPUs).

Enabled by OpenCL™, Radeon Pro GPUs can be used to help accelerate calculations in engineering analysis and simulation – tasks traditionally carried out only by CPUs.

Realistic Designs in Real-time with Advanced Studio

Advanced Studio mode, a feature within NX, provides engineers with a realistic representation of their 3D models by applying complex shadows and lighting in “real-time”, without the need for time-consuming renders. This helps engineers analyze and visualize what the assembly would look like at a much earlier stage of the product development process.

However, viewing large assemblies with increased realism puts a higher demand on the GPU, reducing performance, interactivity and application responsiveness. Thanks to the large frame buffer memory and the advances in GPU architecture, Radeon Pro graphics cards are able to help increase the visual quality within NX.

Run NX® from the Security of the Data Center

Staying competitive in today’s global economy means accelerating product innovation and development. The latest release of Siemens PLM Software portfolio introduces capabilities to enable virtualized desktop environments for improved flexibility, performance, and security.

In design and manufacturing today, customers face increased pressure to reduce IT costs, while seeking out ways to improve flexibility, performance, and security. Enterprise companies and large suppliers need to have the ability to get global design teams up and running quickly in new locations, and they need all teams to be able to easily access the latest data and software installation by updating a single server. Virtualization of NX design and engineering applications can help IT managers and global teams accomplish this.

AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology brings physical workstation-grade 2D and 3D graphics acceleration to the datacenter. Moving data from local devices to the datacenter eliminates the need to store and transfer multiple copies of that data. This simplifies version control, which boosts productivity and fosters collaboration among local and remote teams. IT departments no longer need to support individual workstations with multiple hardware, OS, and application configurations. Users simply log in to their virtual desktops at any time from any device and receive full workstation performance and GPU acceleration. By supporting and certifying virtual desktops running on AMD MxGPU technology, Siemens PLM Software empowers customers to use their preferred design, engineering or manufacturing solution such as NX®, Tecnomatix®, or Teamcenter®.​​

Superior Productivity with Multiple Displays

Product development workflows have changed significantly over recent years. Working with multiple applications is common in many development workflows with design, simulation, data management and collaboration all happening together.

Radeon™ Pro WX Series graphics cards feature AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology that empowers engineers to view multiple applications and product assemblies across three, four or even six high-resolution monitors all from a single graphics card, at up to 4K x 2K resolution for each output1. Users can view designs at ultra-high resolutions for increased design accuracy, realism and better insight, or speed up workflow by using the extra screens to view additional applications.

Eyefinity - NX workflow
  Model Size and Complexity Visualization Simulation Virtual Reality Form Factor
Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Desktop Workstation
Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Desktop Workstation
Radeon™ Pro WX 5100 ● ● ● ●  ● ● N/A Desktop Workstation
Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 ● ●  N/A SFF Desktop Workstation
AMD FirePro™ S7150 ● ● ●* ● ● ●* ● ● ●* N/A Virtualized Graphics
AMD FirePro™ S7150x2 ● ● ●* ● ● ●* ● ● ●* N/A Virtualized Graphics

(*) Dependent on # of VMs configured. 2-4 users per GPU recommended.

● Good ● ● Better ● ● ● Best

West Surrey Racing

West Surrey Racing Success Story

Radeon Pro graphics played a substantial role in helping West Surrey Racing (WSR)’s success, a renowned UK motorsport team run by New Zealander Dick Bennets. Over the years, the team’s racing greats like Mika Hakkinen and Jonathan Palmer and their 70+ Formula 3 wins have made global headlines—and in 2016, they partnered with AMD to take their team to the next echelon of racing.

Using HP workstations equipped with Radeon Pro WX Series graphics cards, WSR took stock BMW 125i racing cars in their bare shells to laser-scan the shapes into Siemens NX. The Radeon Pro-optimized application then rendered and customized the cars, building out the components to bring high performing cars to life.

Drew MacDonald, Senior Engineer at WSR, had the opportunity to put these HP Z Workstations with Radeon Pro WX graphics through its paces—and he was astounded by the immediate difference loading and manipulating large assemblies.

“I like being able to keep all parts turned on but in translucent mode so that I can see right through the assembly, then I switch certain parts to solid when I am working with them,” MacDonald explained.  “This was possible previously, but it was very clunky. Now there is no waiting around: the faster we can do things on the computer, the faster we can get on the track and test.

“With the HP workstation and Radeon Pro WX graphics card, we’ve seen it make a huge difference and we can do things a lot quicker now in the workshop, giving us more time to analyze things and come up with new ways to test and improve the performance of the race car.”

Following these successes, WSR invested in new Radeon Pro-powered workstations for data engineers to use on the trackside during race weekends. 

“It used to take several seconds to download critical data from the wheels and damping but now we get high resolution results instantly and so we have extra time to make key adjustments,” MacDonald noted. “Such fine tuning can often make all the difference for the qualifying session and the race itself. Having the latest tech is so important to keep ahead of the game and ultimately make the car go quicker and win the championship.”

With the help of Radeon Pro workstation graphics, the WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport seized eight victories in the official 2017 BTCC, continuing the string of successes since its inception over three decades ago.

Footnotes

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  1. AMD Eyefinity technology supports up to six DisplayPort monitors on an enabled graphics card. Supported display quantity, type and resolution vary by model and board design. Confirm specifications with manufacturer before purchase. To enable more than two displays, or multiple displays from a single output, additional hardware such as DisplayPort™-ready monitors or DisplayPort 2 MST-enabled hubs may be required. See www.amd.com/eyefinityfaq for full details.