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”

How Much Cooling do I Need?

One of the considerations when building any data center is the amount AC you are going to need (in tons) to keep your equipment properly cooled.  This is particularly important as we consider the densities that we are able to accomplish now with systems optimised for Cloud, Hyperscale and HPC environments.  Unless you are going to follow Facebook’s lead with the systems described this past week in the OpenCompute announcement, you’ll likely need some sort of additional cooling source.  Continue reading “How Much Cooling do I Need?”

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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