If there was a dominating theme at the Supercomputing Conference this year, it had to be GPU computing.
NVIDIA builds its case for GPU computing.
The NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC) kicked off on Tuesday amid a flurry of news that suggests the GPGPU HPC business is quickly moving into the mainstream. After just four years since the introduction of commercial-grade GPU computing, the technology has become firmly established and is poised to spill out across every application domain that has a need for data-parallel computing.
In May, Intel announced the Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture, with a development kit codenamed Knights Ferry. NVIDIA has announced and started to deliver its next-generation architecture, Fermi. PGI’s Michael Wolfe presents an in-depth comparison of the two designs.
AMD today announced its next-generation FireStream GPU accelerator boards for HPC and other technical computing applications. The FireStream 9350 and 9370 represent the company’s attempt to match the pace NVIDIA has set with its “Fermi” Tesla-20 GPU offerings launched this spring.
University is awash in GPGPUs.
NVIDIA’s GPU computing ambitions got a major boost today with IBM’s announcement of the iDataPlex dx360 M3. The new HPC server pairs two Tesla GPUs with two CPUs inside the same server chassis.
CPU performance has hit a wall, says NVIDIA chief scientist.
The new “Fermi” Tesla 20-series products from NVIDIA are about to hit the streets and HPC vendors are lining up to get the latest GPU goodies into their machines. This week, HPC cluster maker Appro has launched two Fermi-based systems: an updated GPU-accelerated GreenBlade offering and a brand new 1U server that puts 2 CPUs and 4 GPUs in the same box.
A Web-based tool, called Supramap, tracks infectious diseases such as the H1N1 virus across time and space; a plethora of genetic applications are announced; and the second annual DICE awards honor Tesla GPU and Spectra Logic tape library. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.