NVIDIA Collaborates with Microsoft on GPU Computing

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nvidiaToday, NVIDIA has announced recent work with Microsoft to promote NVIDIA Tesla GPU computing systems using the Windows HPC Server 2008 operating system.  The NVIDIA Research group developed several GPU-enabled applications on the HPC Server 2008 platform in order to highlight the performance accelerated aspects of the team.  One such application was a ray-tracing app that can be used for advanced photo-realistic modeling of automobiles.

The coupling of GPUs and CPUs illustrates the enormous power and opportunity of multicore co-processing,” said Dan Reed, corporate vice president of Extreme Computing at Microsoft. “NVIDIA’s work with Microsoft and the Windows HPC Server platform, is helping enable scientists and researchers in many fields achieve supercomputer performance on diverse applications.”

Microsoft Research also worked with the NVIDIA team in order to install a large Tesla GPU cluster used to study applications that are optimized for the GPU.

The scientific community was one of the first to realize the potential of the GPU to transform its work, observing speedups ranging from 20 to 200 times while using a range of compute-intensive applications,” said Andy Keane, general manager of NVIDIA’s Tesla business. “Researchers are increasingly using Windows on workstations and in data centers due to strong development tools like Microsoft Visual Studio, its ease of system management and its lower total cost of ownership.”

NVIDIA Tesla GPU computing products are supported in Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008.  For more info, read their full release here.