Great Resources To Learn GPU and CUDA

There is no question about it.  GPU Computing is a popular topic right now.  All you you need to do is look at this graph from Google Trends and you’ll see how interest in this technology has jumped in the last year in the search volume index.

So you’ve heard about it, but you don’t know where to start when it comes to learning and understanding the technology. Continue reading “Great Resources To Learn GPU and CUDA”

Cloud Computing and the Entertainment Industry

Recent weeks have seen the words “Cloud Computing” and “Entertainment Industry” merge into one thanks to companies such as Amazon, Apple, NetFlix, etc.  touting their abilities to deliver entertainment via the Cloud.  Companies such as Savtira Corporation offer them a platform to deliver it if they don’t have in-house.  It was a race to get there…and now that we are there, we discover that the race is only beginning.  Those of us who provide Cloud technologies know that this is nothing new, but to the general public, the word “Cloud” means something new.  For the purposes of level-setting, let me define Cloud computing a bit for those who don’t understand fully what it is. Continue reading “Cloud Computing and the Entertainment Industry”

Waiting for the Software to Catch Up

I can’t tell you how many times I have spoken to my customers wanting to migrate to a new technology such as GPGPU computing for rendering applications, or those interested in ARM servers for the reduced power consumption that they offer. Many are waiting…but not on the hardware. Dell offers GPGPU computing solutions in our c410x product in the PowerEdge C line from Dell DCS, and in the m610x blade which is a part of the M1000 Blade Chassis. With the release of the c5000 series also from Dell DCS we’ll have a compelling story around low-power Microservers to meet the requirements of companies seeking that technology using low power AMD and Intel processors. But when it comes what you can do with GPGPU computing, the limiting factor for many is the application stack they want to use. In many cases the customers I talk to are ready to move to GPU computing, they can’t. Not yet. Continue reading “Waiting for the Software to Catch Up”

Shrinking the Supercomputer with GPU

This past November I was privileged to work the Dell booth at the Supercomputing Show in New Orleans where we were showcasing, among other things, our c410x PCI expansion chassis for GPU computing. I was amazed at the number of people that I spoke to over the course of a week, nearly non-stop about GPU computing and more specifically, the c410x and how they would be using it in their environments. Equally amazing was the sheer number of people that had “Dr.” in front of their name (I had to throw that in there for good measure). Many of these folks were hands-on users of Supercomputing technologies and all of them were “shopping” for their next Supercomputing system.
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CPU vs GPU. What’s the difference?

I remember the days of the Six Million Dollar Man.  “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better…stronger…faster.”  It’s much the same in High Performance Computing.  Better, stronger…faster.  Enter the GPGPU computing era.

Tomorrow I am going to tell you about a revolutionary product from Dell Data Center Solutions called the c410x which uses the nVidia Tesla 2050 and 2070 cards to take computing to a whole new level to achieve much better results in a faction of the time traditional computing would take. For now, enjoy the Mythbusters educating us all in a way only they can.