OSC Launches GPU Compute Environment

The Ohio Supercomputer Center [OSC] announced that their recently deployed “Csuri” Advanced GPU Environment will begin serving researchers with three types of workloads.  The new GPU cluster will provide large scale visualization services, batch rendering and GPGPU compute capabilities to the OSC research community.

For the right kind of problems, GPGPU computing can provide revolutionary performance advantages,” said David Hudak, Ph.D., program director of cyberinfrastructure and software development at OSC. “The Csuri platform is designed to support the development of both GPGPU and advanced visualization solutions. We look forward to working with our user communities to develop codes and evaluate GPU-enabled third party applications.”

The platform was named after Charles “Chuck” Csuri, whose sophisticated digital art involves giant rendering of thousands of frames.  Csuri is best known as the father of computer graphics, computer animation and digital fine art, creating the first computer art in the 1960s.

One of student researchers is using the new GPU system to finish his experiments for a project on automatic tuning of radar signal processing on emergent architectures,” said [Umit] Catalyurek. “We are now developing software systems that will enable applications to easily scale from a single CPU or GPU to a cluster of GPUs and multicore CPUs.”

With matching funding from DaytaOhio, a Wright Center of Innovation, OSC was able to develop the Csuri Advanced GPU Environment with the latest NVIDIA visualization technology, providing researchers with 18 NVIDIA Quadro Plex 2200 S4 units installed in the Center’s flagship production cluster, the Glenn IBM 1350, and 16 nVidia C1060 cards installed in the BALE research cluster. The GPU environment also features the CUDA toolkit, including the CUDA SDK, a collection of example programs illustrating various aspects of CUDA and GPGPU usage.

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