Today Clemson University Monday announced that it has been named a CUDA Teaching Center.
Nvidia revealed new architectural details of the 64-bit version of Project Denver at the HOT CHIPS conference this week. “While Denver is described as a Mobile chip, Stam claims that its performance will rival some mainstream PC-class CPUs at significantly reduced power consumption. That sounds to me like an interesting building block for HPC clusters.”
“Moore’s Law got deflected in 2004, when it became no longer practical to ramp up the clock speed of CPUs to improve performance. So the chip industry improved CPU performance by adding more processors to a chip in concert with miniaturization. This was extra power, but you could not leverage it easily without building parallel software. Virtual machines could use multicore chips for server consolidation of light workloads, but large workloads needed parallel architectures to exploit the power. So, the software industry and the hardware industry moved towards exploiting parallelism in ways they had not previously done. This is the motive force behind the Big Data.”
Today AMD announced their new FirePro S9150 GPU with 2.52 Teraflops of double-precision performance and a maximum power consumption of 235 watts. “AMD FirePro S9150 ushers in a new era of supercomputing. Its memory configuration, compute capabilities and performance per watt are unmatched in its class, and can help take supercomputers to the next level of performance and energy efficiency.”