[Beowulf] Re: Beowulf Digest, Vol 55, Issue 2

Mikhail Kuzminsky kus at free.net
Thu Sep 4 12:51:51 EDT 2008


In message from "Li, Bo" <libo at buaa.edu.cn> (Thu, 4 Sep 2008 14:34:00 
+0800):
>Hello,
>Is it too expensive for the platform?
>The easy solution is:
>And X48 level motherboard with CF support, about $150 
>Q6600 Processor, about $170
>Two 4870X2 $1,100

Do somebody know, are ACML routines parallelized for using of few 
GPGPUs ?

Mikhail


>Two Seagate SATA Harddisk 500G for Raid1, about $140
>4*2G DDR2 RAM, about $150
>PSU 1000W, about $200
>A big box, about $100
>
>That's all, in total, $2,010.
>Regards,
>Li, Bo
>  ----- Original Message ----- 
>  From: Maurice Hilarius 
>  To: beowulf at beowulf.org 
>  Cc: kus at free.net ; libo at buaa.edu.cn ; i.kozin at dl.ac.uk 
>  Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 6:51 AM
>  Subject: Re: Beowulf Digest, Vol 55, Issue 2
>
>
>   Li, bo wrote: 
>..
>From: "Li, Bo" <libo at buaa.edu.cn>
>Subject: Re: [Beowulf] gpgpu
>
>Hello,
>It seemed that you had got a very good example for GPGPU. As I said 
>before, it's not the time for GPGPU to do the DP calculation at the 
>moment. If you can bear SP computation, you will find more about it.
>NVidia just sent me some special offer about their Tesla platforms, 
>which said that the workstation equipped with two GTX280 level 
>professional cards costs about $5000, not bad. But my intention is 
>still to lower the core frequency of a gaming card, and use it for 
>computation.
>Regards,
>Li, Bo
>  Looking at AMD/ATI Firestream and 4850 pricing, it is not too bad:
>
>  AMD FIRESTREAM 9250 STREAM PROCESSOR (P/N: 100-505563)        $880
>  VISIONTEK RADEON HD4870X2 2GB PCI-E (P/N: 900250) 
>                     $575
>  VISIONTEK RADEON HD 4870 512MB PCI-E (P/N: 900244) 
>                    $355
>
>  The 4870 and X2 also run the AMD code.
>
>  So, given a decent machine, with 4 cores and a pair of the 4870X2, 
>one can achieve some pretty amazing GPU 
>  performance levels for a system well under $4,000.
>
>  With dualX2s ( 4 GPU engines) around $4700 ( extra PSU capacity and 
>cooling is needed for that level).
>
>  I hear that AMD have a new Firestream coming, with the 48x0 family 
>chips on it, but that will likely be a bit on the pricier side..
>
>  Anyway, the Firestream has GPUs with Double-Precision Floating 
>Point.
>  Something the  nVidia offerings do not.
>
>  Worth considering.
>
>  http://ati.amd.com/technology/streamcomputing/product_firestream_9250.html
>
>  SDK:
>  http://ati.amd.com/technology/streamcomputing/sdkdwnld.html
>
>
>
>
>  -- 
>  With our best regards,
>
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