Entries tagged as: GPGPU

Top Ranked Green500 energy efficient supercomputer is L-CSC based on AMD FirePro S9150 GPUs + OpenCL

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 20, 2014
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Today at Supercomputing 2014, the announcement that everyone was waiting for has finally come:
The Top Ranked Green500 energy efficient supercomputer in the world is:  The L-CSC cluster, powered by AMD FirePro S9150 Server GPUs.

Each of the 160 ASUS ESC4000 G2S nodes of the new L-CSC cluster include four AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs, for a total GPU peak of 3.25 petaFLOPS single precision and 1.62 petaFLOPS double precision performance. (Read more on the L-CSC cluster).

With 5:27 GFLOPS per watt using 600 AMD FirePro S9150s, the GSI L-CSC cluster delivers 20% better efficiency than the top ranked cluster on the June 2014 Green500 List.  The cluster is enabling Lattice Quantum Chromo Dynamics (Lattice QCD) computational research using one of the fastest OpenCL implementations for research applications in the world. Lattice QCD calculations are applicable to a range of studies in high energy and heavy ion physics.

Quote from the chairman at Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies: “Supercomputers are inevitable in today’s research. The scientific challenges require computers as fast as possible, but we have to keep power consumption and costs in mind, in order to use our available resources as well as possible,”  ...The ASUS ESC4000 G2S servers and the AMD FirePro S9150 GPUs are an extremely powerful basis for the L-CSC cluster and they provide the compute capabilities we need for our research. The large 16GB of memory of the AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs allows us to run most LQCD computations on one GPU without inter-GPU and inter-node communication resulting in very efficient LQCD application operation. We have chosen a multi-GPU approach with four GPU boards per server to enable an extremely cost-efficient and energy-efficient configuration.”

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Tags: GPGPU, HPC

Building Power Efficient Compute Clusters with AMD FirePro S-Series at Int’l Supercomputing 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on June 24, 2014

At the International Supercomputing Conference 2014, Niles Burbank, AMD’s senior manager for server GPU products presented “Building Power Efficient Compute Clusters with AMD FirePro S-Series Graphics”. The presentation included information about how the advances in the software ecosystem, particularly those associated with OpenCL 1.2, make GPUs increasingly attractive for running HPC workloads in a scalable and efficient manner.

Niles discussed AMD’s upcoming additions to the FirePro S-Series family of server graphics cards, in conjunction with OpenCL, for the creation of powerful and efficient compute clusters offering multiple TFLOPS of single and double precision floating point performance to enable a supercomputer which would rank competitively in the Green 500. This session offered practical recommendations on deploying FirePro S-Series products in an HPC environment.

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Tags: Events, GPGPU, HPC

Magnetar T25 workstation with AMD FirePro S10000 - ideal machine for GPU Compute, HPC, 3D rendering

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 02, 2013

Armari Ltd has just released the new Magnetar T25 workstation with AMD FirePro S10000.  The high performance workstation is an ultimate OpenCL developer or application server system.  If interested, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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AMD FirePro S10K 12 GB Edition at SC13 - up to 3 times faster performance

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 20, 2013

From Supercomputing 2013, the Glen Mathews of the AMD FirePro team talks about the new passively cooled server GPU, the FirePro S10K 12 GB Edition, with up to 3 times greater performance than the previous 6GB model.

Also at the show is a large focus on OpenCL, particularly with Apple’s Mac Pro announcement using dual AMD FirePro GPUs.

AMD to host 11 HPC talks at SuperComputing 2013 - Booth #1113

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 14, 2013
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Fresh off the heels of this week's successful AMD Developer Summit (APU13) focused on heterogenous computing, as well as the announcement of the world's first 12GB GPU-accelerator built for servers - the AMD FirePro S10000 12GB Edition, AMD will also be hosting some killer talks in Booth #1113 at Supercomputing 2013 .

Spotlighting the most advanced scientific and technical applications in the world, SC13 will bring together the international supercomputing community for an exceptional program of technical papers, tutorials and talks.

AMD SC13 Theater Talk Schedule - Booth #1113

Date/Time Title Speaker
Tuesday Nov 19th
11am-noon Distributed Symmetric Multiprocessing - Shattering Affordability and Scalability barriers to large shared memory HPC Richard Anderson, CEO of Symmetric Computing
2-3pm Portals for Visualizing Graphics Intensive Big Data from HPC Bill Nitzberg, CTO of PBS Works
3-4pm OpenACC on the AMD APU and Discrete GPU Michael Wolfe, Compiler Engineer at PGI
4-5pm Case Study: "Accelerating Full Waveform Inversion via OpenCL on AMD GPUs" Dan Cyca, Chief Technology Officer, Acceleware
5-6pm Michael Waltrip Racing uses Penguin Computing Servers running AMD processors for a Competitive Advantage Donour Sizemore, Director of Trackside Systems at Michael Waltrip Racing
Wednesday Nov 20th
11am-noon AMD Software Ecosystem Update Margaret Lewis, Dir. of Product Mktg., Server Software at AMD
1-2pm Distributed Symmetric Multiprocessing - Shattering Affordability and Scalability barriers to large shared memory HPC Richard Anderson, CEO of Symmetric Computing
2-3pm A Vision for Collaborative Research with AMD Jay Owen, Dir. of External Research Office (AMD Research)
3-4pm Delivering Economical Big Data and Hadoop solutions with AMD and Penguin Computing David Ingersoll, WW VP of Sales Solutions at Penguin Computing
4-5pm Case Study: "Accelerating Full Waveform Inversion via OpenCL on AMD GPUs" Dan Cyca, Chief Technology Officer, Acceleware
5-6pm Introduction to HSA: HSAIL, Memory Model and Queuing Model Vinod Tipparaju, Software Engineer at AMD

AMD FirePro S10000 Passively Cooled Server Graphics Card with 12GB memory

Posted by Tony DeYoung on November 14, 2013
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The new AMD FirePro S10000 12GB Edition is the world’s first server graphics card to feature 12GB of memory. Announced just in time for next week’s SC13, the card is designed for ‘big data’ high-performance computing (HPC) workloads delivering the highest peak single and double precision floating point performance in a single server graphics card product. It fully supports PCIe 3.0, ECC memory and DirectGMA.

With this card, memory hungry applications can now take advantage of the GPU for compute workloads and OpenCL acceleration. Each of the 56 Compute Units on the 12GB Edition (28 per GPU) are designed to handle two compute and one graphics operation at the same time, enabling independent scheduling and work item dispatch for more efficient multi-tasking.

Performance benefits will also accrue to applications that require high-speed, high capacity video memory such as Genetic Sequencing, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Structural Mechanics, Numeral Analytics, Reservoir Simulation, Automated Reasoning, and Weather Forecasting.

Importantly the GPU features passive cooling for high-density datacenter computing integration. You can see the AMD FirePro S10000 12GB at Supercomputing 13, booth #1113. The card is slated for general availability in spring 2014. 

Behind the making of the SANAM supercomputer - Adtech Global uses 420 AMD FirePro S10000 server card

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 25, 2013

Adtech Global worked with AMD FirePro to develop a High Speed Cluster solution based on GPGPU technology to support efforts in quantum chromodynamics research for the King Abdualziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS).

ACST and FIAS were striving to not only maximize performance, but also to optimize this performance for thermal dissipation and power draw efficiency. The challenge in building a supercomputer is no longer the money you’re willing to spend on processors. The challenge now lies within getting enough power and cooling to the supercomputer itself. The SANAM supercomputer was able to break these barriers. It is currently the world’s No. 52 most powerful supercomputer, and the world’s 2nd most power-efficient supercomputer.

Critical to the power efficiency was the use of (420) AMD FirePro S10000 dual-GPU server graphics cards. The SANAM supercomputer is capable of sustaining 421.2 TFLOPS, providing a system energy efficiency of over 2.3 GFLOPS per watt and performing 2,351 million calculations per second per watt.

The video below gives a really insightful tour of the collaboration between Adtech and AMD, as well as some clear visuals on the actual SANAM supercomputer.  You can also read the case study which details the custom computing solution they implemented with the help of Adtech Global.

AMD FirePro server graphics delivers a new standard in power-efficient supercomputing

Posted by Tony DeYoung on March 06, 2013
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King Abdualziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, along with Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), needed to develop a High Speed Cluster solution based on GPGPU technology to support efforts in quantum chromodynamics research. ACST and FIAS were striving to not only maximize performance, but also to optimize this performance for thermal dissipation and power draw efficiency. This case study details the custom computing solution they implemented with the help of Adtech Global.

Powered by 420 AMD FirePro S10000 dual-GPU server graphics cards, 4.8 thousand of Intel Xeon E5-2650 (8 cores, 2.0GHz) microprocessors and infinaband connectivity, the SANAM supercomputer is capable of sustaining 421.2 TFLOPS, providing a system energy efficiency of over 2.3 GFLOPS per watt and performing 2,351 million calculations per second per watt. The SANAM supercomputer represents a shift from determining performance through FLOPS to focusing on eco-conscious measurements like performance-per-watt.  SANAM is currently the world’s No. 52 most powerful supercomputer, and the world’s 2nd most power-efficient supercomputer.

Newegg TV: AMD FirePro W Series Interview

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 20, 2013

Newegg TV gives a pretty comprehensive interview and overview of the new AMD FirePro W Series discussing the unique points of each card, as well as common features across all cards.
The video covers the FirePro W600, W5000, W7000, W8000, and W9000.

These Newegg videos are really very good.  Reminds me of Zappos shoe reviews - comprehensive, useful and no marketing spin.

Tags: GPGPU

AMD Radeon HD 7970 introduces 28nm GCN Architecture, Eyefinity 2

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 22, 2011
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AMD today announced the AMD Radeon HD 7970. Why this is particularly interesting to the professional CAD/DCC community is because of the new SIMD-based Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture first detailed at the 2011 Fusion Developer Summit.  Basically GCN enables the card to act both as a a graphics workhorse and a computing (e.g. OpenCL, C++ AMP, DirectCompute) workhorse for the processing of non-3D workloads such as video rendering, photo editing, code cracking,  physics FX and scientific calculations.

The 28nm process means the new cards are faster than their 32 nanometer predecessor equivalents, without consuming significantly more power, or generating more heat (even though the number of stream processors increased from 1536 to 2048 and clock speed increased from 880MHz to 925MHz).

Also of note is Eyefinity 2.0 which adds support for stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation, brand new display configurations and an expanded and more immersive field of view. This allows users with 2560x1600 monitors in an AMD Eyefinity 5x1 landscape configuration to achieve a horizontal resolution of 12,800 pixels, driving more than 20 million pixels of screen real estate.

Take aways from my perspective:  GPGPU computing is now mainstream. High-performance with low power consumption is mainstream. 3+ display Eyefinity and stereo 3D are mainstream. And lastly, this makes me excited about the next generations of FirePro graphics cards.

Tags: GPGPU, Hardware
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