With the new Mac Pro being announced at WWDC 2019 and SideFx endorsing it on the Apple webpage, the question arises as to the type of support that is being developed for it? i.e. Blackmagic Design, Otoy, Unity, Redshift/Maxon, Pixar and others have stated they are actively supporting Metal development.
SideFX “With the new Mac Pro’s incredible compute performance and amazing graphics architecture, Houdini users will be able to work faster and more efficiently, unleashing a whole new level of creativity.” — Cristin Barghiel, vice president of Product Development, SideFX
Thanks for the info! Does a duo card give any benefit compared to two regular GPUS on two separate cards? Like for example two Radeon VII cards ? If memory could be pooled I can see a benefit for larger simulations that uses OpenCL, otherwise, what is the point?
With the reveal of Sidefx Solaris (which looks amazing btw) would that benefit even more from the Mac Pro 2019? - trying to figure out of it's worth the investment looking from a sidefx houdini perspective.
gulfen With the reveal of Sidefx Solaris (which looks amazing btw) would that benefit even more from the Mac Pro 2019? - trying to figure out of it's worth the investment looking from a sidefx houdini perspective.
Solaris can ingest very large USD scenes, so the AMD Pro GPU with its greater VRAM capacity will help a lot with that. The extra CPU cores will come in handy as well.
I'm a Mac head myself but do all my rendering and heavier work on a PC with RTX 2080 ti cards at the moment. I too contemplate if a mid tier Mac Pro 2019 will be a reasonable investment as a main workstation or if it just dumb to get one. I'll gladly pay a premium for macos, but it has to be able to be about as fast as a similarly specced windows or linux WS. For CPU tasks I guess it is easy, it is just a price difference. But for GPU stuff with OpenGL and OpenCL deprecated, who knows about the future of viewport previews, OpenCL sims and Karma GPU? I have not seen or heard anything about H getting some metal support. Has there been anything said on this?
Considering that Houdini is now almost always mentioned at Apple presentations aimed at pro machines, that several of the Houdini Hive presenters were using Mac Books, and that the new Mac Pro seems poised to target our exact demographic, I find it hard to believe that Karma GPU isn't being developed for Metal on the Mac side.
In addition, Redshift is already committed to porting to Metal supposedly by the end of the year.
As a Mac user, I feel much better than I have in years regarding CG app support for OS X!
I can't help feeling that Apple has backed the wrong horse for the cpu and gpu. New threadrippers from AMD coming out this year will blow intel out for the water in terms of price/performance. Especially with apple tax. Nvidia still has the advantage in the gpu area, with anything that can use cuda. Yes there is development towards metal but I can't see the performance catching mature, optimised cuda code for a while.