Microway Announces OctoPuter with 8 NVIDIA Tesla Processors

Supercomputing '09 attendees can see up to 8 teraflops of GPU performance in a 4U platform.

Supercomputing '09 attendees can see up to 8 teraflops of GPU performance in a 4U platform.

Microway has announced its most powerful Tesla GPU based platform to date.

The OctoPuter compute engine includes 2x quad-core Intel Nehalem or 2x six-core AMD Opteron processors. The 8 PCI-Express Gen 2.0 x16 slots support up to eight Tesla C1060s, each with 4 GB in a chassis designed for multi-GPU applications. Large memory capacity (up to 144 GB) and a high efficiency, 2+1 redundant power supply complete the package. This platform is suited to HPC applications and virtualization. This configuration can be used as a building block with high-speed InfiniBand interconnect for dense GPU/CPU computing.

“This high density solution is the ideal platform for HPC users with coarse grained applications that run well in a 1 TFLOP environment. These include ray tracing, Monte Carlo simulations, DSP applications, and rendering. OctoPuter is the ideal platform for building a cost-effective rendering farm,” said Stephen Fried, Microway’s president and CTO.

The Tech-X demo Microway is showing at booth 434 at SC ’09 is a comparison of a numerical simulation run purely on the CPU and with GPU acceleration. The entire application is written in the high-level language IDL by ITT VIS. The port to GPUs is using Tech-X GPULib and the multi-GPU parallelization was accomplished via Tech-X mpiDL (MPI bindings for IDL).

The FDTD algorithm is used for modeling the propagation of electromagnetic waves. This algorithm solves the full set of Maxwell's equations on a regular grid, which is 2000x1000 cells large in this case. FDTD is used for a range of applications, from cell-phone simulations to laser-matter interaction. The rate of grid cells computed per second are plotted on the graphs; in this case there are about 5 million cells per CPU and 400 million cells per GPU. The more GPUs you have, the faster the overall computation runs. Tech-X will also exhibit this demo in Booth 1713.

For more information, visit Microway.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.

Share This Article

Subscribe to our FREE magazine, FREE email newsletters or both!

Join over 90,000 engineering professionals who get fresh engineering news as soon as it is published.

About the Author

DE Editors's avatar
DE Editors

DE’s editors contribute news and new product announcements to Digital Engineering.
Press releases may be sent to them via [email protected].

Follow DE