Jeffrey B. Layton has written yet another great article for Linux Magazine. In “Pixels to PetaFLOPS”, Layton presents a wonderful technical analysis on using modern graphics processors [GPUs] in HPC applications. He outlines the various hardware benefits, pitfalls and programming models surrounding one of the hottest topics in HPC.
The challenges with multi-core CPUs in HPC can be overcome to a certain degree, but the quest for more performance continues. The hunt has led people to look for other commodity hardware that can be used to increase performance. Enter the modern day Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).
Read the full article here. [requires free Linux-mag registration]