Benchmarks: Sandy Bridge and Tesla a Powerful Combo

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Nvidia’s Sumit Gupta writes that Tesla GPUs are alreay being used to crank up performance on new servers based on Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs.

We just got our hands on the HP SL250 ProLiant server, and we took it for a test drive running some popular scientific high-performance computing (HPC) applications. As expected, the Tesla GPUs significantly accelerated the performance of the system. The HP server includes 3 Tesla M2090s GPUs, as well as new Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs. The new CPUs provide higher performance than older versions when it comes to processing sequential (serial) tasks. This frees up the GPUs to attack and complete parallel tasks significantly faster. Here are some early benchmark results, using the popular molecular dynamics applications NAMD and LAMMPS:

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