AMD Boltzmann Initiative Brings C++ & CUDA Compiler/Compatibility

While AMD has long-held decent marketshare in the consumer space, the high performance compute segment has long alluded the graphics firm. With the announcement of the so-called Boltzmann Initiative today though, AMD is planning to turn a leaf on their troubles and plow ahead with a better than ever graphics compute toolkit.

Frist off are a new set of HSA extensions dubbed, HSA+. While not part of the main HSA initiatives, the extensions will allow better use of discrete graphics in a HSA environment. Combined with a new headless Linux driver, this should help spur performance with a unified memory space, reduced latency and better system controls.

The next addition is the new Heterogeneous Compute Compiler or HCC. While AMD has long supported the open source OpenCL while Nvidia runs their own CUDA, HCC is a change in direction away from OpenCL. While AMD continues to in invested in and working on OpenCL, HCC will offer more competitive features compared to UCDA, until one day OpenCL support and features catches up. HCC is also C++ based which will allow for easy transition from CUDA.

Lat of all is Heterogeneous-compute Interface for Portability or HIP. Even with HCC being familiar and similar to CUDA, AMD recognizes that getting developers to switch is no easy task. With HIP, AMD is providing a compatibility layer for 90% of CUDA code, it means developers will only need to do fresh work on a small portion of the code in order to run on AMD hardware. One can only hope that there will be some trickle down effect on the consumer software market as well where CUDA has also been dominant.

In a market where CUDA has long dominated, AMD is finally making the moves that will make them competitive. If AMD is able to keep their Boltzmann Initiative up to date and provide support, there is probably a lot of room to grow int he HPC segment given their poor marketshare today. With a more lucrative HPC business in their back pocket, AMD will also be in a better position to invest in their consumer lineup.

AMD Unveils The FirePro S10000 12GB Edition GPU Accelerator

AMD announced the new FirePro S10000 12GB Edition graphics card, designed for big data high-performance computing workloads for single precision and double precision performance. The new accelerator is the first in the industry to come with 12GB of onboard memory.

“Our compute application customers asked for a solution that offers increased memory to support larger data sets as they create new products and services. In response, we are announcing the AMD FirePro S10000 12GB Edition graphics card to meet that additional memory demand with support for OpenCL and high-end compute and graphics technologies,” said David Cummings, senior director and general manager of professional graphics at AMD.

AMD FirePro S10000 12GB server graphics card is based on two Tahiti graphics processing units with 12GB of GDDR5 memory with ECC and outputs 5.91 TFLOPS of peak single-precision and 1.48 TFLOPS of double-precision floating-point performance. The board features ECC memory and DirectGMA support allowing developers working with large models and assemblies to take advantage of the massively parallel processing capabilities of AMD GPUs based on the latest AMD Graphics core next architecture.

The AMD FirePro S10000 12GB Edition graphics card is a compelling solution for a variety of scenarios and markets, including finance, oil and gas, computer aided engineering, genetic sequencing, computational fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, numeral analytics, reservoir simulation, seismic processing, molecular dynamics, satellite imaging, explicit crash test simulation and so on.

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NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors seen in Cray XC30 Supercomputers

Cray Inc. today announced the Company has expanded its support for accelerators and coprocessors. Cray is now selling the XC30 series of supercomputers with NVIDIA Tesla K20X GPU accelerators and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. Cray’s Adaptive Supercomputing vision has reached its goal today, which is focusing on delivering innovative systems that integrate diverse technologies like multi-core and many-core processing into a unified architecture.

“We designed the Cray XC30 supercomputer to be the realization of our Adaptive Supercomputing vision, which is about providing customers with a powerful, flexible tool for solving a multidisciplinary array of computing challenges,” said Cray’s senior vice president of high performance computing systems, Peg Williams. “Integrating diverse accelerator and coprocessor technologies into our XC30 systems gives our customers a variety of processing options for their demanding computational needs. Equally as important, Cray XC30 supercomputers feature an innovative software environment that allows our customers to optimize their use of diverse processing options for their unique applications.”

The Cray XC30 bear the code-name “Cascade” and are Cray’s most advanced HPC systems supercomputers which were engineered to meet the performance challenges of today’s HPC users. The Cray XC30 and Cray XC30-AC supercomputers feature the unique Aries system interconnect, a Dragonfly network topology that frees applications from locality constraints, innovative cooling systems to lower customers’ total cost of ownership, the next-generation of the scalable, high performance Cray Linux Environment supporting a wide range of ISV applications, Cray’s HPC optimized programming environment, and the ability to handle a wide variety of processor types.

“The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor is designed for high-density computing and highly parallel processing while offering important efficiencies in programmability for the software developer community,” said Rajeeb Hazra, Intel Vice President & General Manager, Technical Computing Group. “The performance and programmability of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, along with the Intel Xeon processors, will enable a powerful and energy-efficient Cray XC30 supercomputer that will be broadly applicable for scientists, engineers, and researchers in achieving their breakthrough innovations.”

More about the Cray XC30 supercomputers can be found on the Cray website here.

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