NVIDIA GPUs Bring ARM Into High Performance Computing
NVIDIA has announced that its GPUs are being used by multiple vendors to create 64-bit ARM development systems for high performance computing (HPC). Designed with energy efficiency in mind, the ARM chips were intended to be used with micro-servers and web servers. The use of NVIDIA GPUs and the CUDA 6.5 parallel programming platform has allowed these CPUs to break into the HPC market where the power efficiency could be a welcome change. Users will be able to migrate current HPC applications to the new systems be recompiling them for the ARM architecture and the applications will be able to take advantage of the massive computing potential of NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPUs. Pat McCormick, senior scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, said "We are working with NVIDIA to explore how we can unite GPU acceleration with novel technologies like ARM to drive new levels of scientific discovery and innovation." A number of systems will be available this year from Cirrascale, E4 Computer Engineering, and The Eurotech Group.