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November 13, 2009
See a Tech-X demo "Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) Simulation" running on the OctoPuter in booth 434 at SC09
KINGSTON, Mass., Nov. 13 -- Microway announces its most powerful Tesla GPU based platform to date. The OctoPuter compute engine includes 2x quad-core Intel Nehalem or 2x six-core AMD Opteron processors. The 8 PCI-Express Gen 2.0 x16 slots support up to 8 Tesla C1060s each with 4 GB in a well-cooled chassis specifically designed for multi-GPU applications. Large memory capacity (up to 144 GB) and high efficiency, 2+1 redundant power supply complete the package. This platform is well suited for HPC applications and virtualization. This configuration can be used as a building block with high speed InfiniBand interconnect for dense GPU/CPU computing.
"This high density solution is the ideal platform for HPC users with coarse grained applications that run well in a 1 TFLOP environment. These include ray-tracing, Monte Carlo simulations, DSP applications, and rendering. OctoPuter is the ideal platform for building a cost-effective rendering farm," commented Stephen Fried, Microway's president and CTO.
The Tech-X demo Microway is showing at booth 434 is a comparison of a numerical simulation run purely on the CPU (bottom) and with GPU acceleration (top). The entire application is written in the high-level language IDL by ITT VIS. The port to GPUs is using Tech-X GPULib and the multi-GPU parallelization was accomplished via Tech-X mpiDL (MPI bindings for IDL).
The FDTD algorithm is used for modeling the propagation of electromagnetic waves. This algorithm solves the full set of Maxwell's equations on a regular grid which is 2000x1000 cells large for this case. FDTD is used for a large range of applications, from cell-phone simulations to laser-matter interaction. The rate of grid cells computed per second are plotted on the graphs; in this case there are about 5 million cells per CPU and 400 million cells per GPU. The more GPUs you have, the faster the overall computation runs. Tech-X will also exhibit this demo in Booth 1713.
Microway offers several rack mounted and desktop Tesla solutions. Tesla S1070 servers and 1U racks with dual CPUs and dual GPUs are available. Another platform housing up to four Tesla GPUs is Microway's "quietized" WhisperStation Personal Supercomputer. Up to four Tesla CPUs can be housed in each WhisperStation.
Microway's Tesla solutions are delivered fully integrated with CUDA SDK and Linux or Windows. Clusters feature advanced manageability features that have been refined over years of development and hundreds of real-world cluster deployments. Microway's Cluster Management System (MCMS) hardware/software solution features NodeWatch for remote cluster monitoring and management. A complete product description can be found at http://www.microway.com/tesla/clusters.html.
About Microway, Inc.
Incorporated in 1982, Microway is a major vendor in the high performance computing market, designing state-of-the-art, high-end Linux clusters, servers, and data storage solutions. Users worldwide pushing the limits of technology choose us for solutions. These include universities, life sciences, financial, military, Fortune 500s and research agencies. Microway is an Intel Channel Premier provider and Tesla. Classified as a small business, woman owned and operated, Microway's GSA Contract Number is GS-35F-0431N. Trademarks include GigaCube, MCMS, MPI Link-Checker, Navion, NumberSmasher, NodeWatch, OctoPuter, and Quadputer. For more information and a subscription to Microway's online technical newsletter, visit www.microway.com.
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