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Nvidia opens CUDA to server vendors to push 64-bit ARM cores in HPC market

Will be available in July via Cirrascale, E4 Computer Engineering and Eurotech
Mon Jun 23 2014, 13:06
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NVIDIA HAS RELEASED CUDA - its code that lets developers run their code on GPUs - to server vendors in order to get 64-bit ARM cores into the high performance computing (HPC) market.

The firm said today that ARM64 server processors, which are designed for microservers and web servers because of their energy efficiency, can now process HPC workloads when paired with GPU accelerators using the Nvidia CUDA 6.5 parallel programming framework, which supports 64-bit ARM processors.

"Nvidia's GPUs provide ARM64 server vendors with the muscle to tackle HPC workloads, enabling them to build high-performance systems that maximise the ARM architecture's power efficiency and system configurability," the firm said.

The first GPU-accelerated ARM64 software development servers will be available in July from Cirrascale and E4 Computer Engineering, with production systems expected to ship later this year. The Eurotech Group also plans to ship production systems later this year.

Cirrascale's system will be the RM1905D, a high density two-in-one 1U server with two Tesla K20 GPU accelerators, which the firm claims provides high performance and low total cost of ownership for private cloud, public cloud, HPC and enterprise applications.

E4's EK003 is a production-ready, low-power 3U dual-motherboard server appliance with two Tesla K20 GPU accelerators designed for seismic, signal and image processing, video analytics, track analysis, web applications and Mapreduce processing.

Eurotech's system is an "ultra-high density", energy efficient and modular Aurora HPC server configuration, based on proprietary Brick Technology and featuring direct hot liquid cooling.

Featuring Applied Micro X-Gene ARM64 CPUs and Nvidia Tesla K20 GPU accelerators, the new ARM64 servers will provide customers with an expanded range of efficient, high-performance computing options to drive compute-intensive HPC and enterprise data centre workloads, Nvidia said.

Nvidia added, "Users will immediately be able to take advantage of hundreds of existing CUDA-accelerated scientific and engineering HPC applications by simply recompiling them to ARM64 systems."

ARM said that it is working with Nvidia to "explore how we can unite GPU acceleration with novel technologies" and drive "new levels of scientific discovery and innovation".

Nvidia today also launched its Grid Test Drive programme in the UK, allowing developers to test out its vGPU technology. µ

 

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