AMD FirePro Server Graphics Redefining Supercomputing

AMD FirePro Server Graphics Redefining Supercomputing Performance
Through Power Efficient, Sustainable Technology 
Outstanding Performance-per-Watt and Compute Power Merge With
University of Frankfurt SANAM Supercomputer, Powered by AMD FirePro
S10000 Server Graphics 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --  AMD (NYSE: AMD) has
collaborated with the University of Frankfurt's Institute for
Advanced Studies (FIAS) to deliver a new standard in power-efficient
supercomputing with the SANAM supercomputer, securing the number two
ranking on the latest Green500(TM) List. The supercomputer will aid
FIAS in quantum chromodynamics research.  
Powered by 420 AMD FirePro(TM) S10000 dual-GPU server graphics cards
based on AMD Graphics Core Next Architecture, the SANAM supercomputer
redefines supercomputing with its incredible power efficiency.
Capable of sustaining 420 TFLOPS, providing a system energy
efficiency of over 2.3 GFLOPS per watt and performing 2,351 million
calculations per second per watt, the SANAM supercomputer is shifting
the industry mindset of determining performance through FLOPS to
focusing on eco-conscious measurements like performance-per-watt.
This latest AMD technology milestone comes two days after the
announcement that AMD Opteron(TM) processors power the world's
highest-performance supercomputer, "Titan," as ranked on the Top500's
Supercomputer Sites list. In addition to the number two ranking on
the Green500 List, the SANAM supercomputer can also claim the
performance crown as the most powerful and energy-efficient
supercomputer powered primarily by graphics processors. 
AMD also introduced new reliability features that allowed the SANAM
supercomputer to perform 3.6 quintillion double-precision operations
during its Green500 run, further demonstrating how leading-edge
supercomputing can be achieved through green technology. Moreover,
AMD is solidifying its commitment to the future of the high
performance computing (HPC) industry by announcing four emerging
software tools that enable developers to use familiar programming
methods to leverage AMD discrete graphics processing unit (GPU) and
accelerated processing unit (APU) technologies. 
"There is a massive shift in the HPC industry from defining
supercomputing performance in terms 
of FLOPS to performance-per-watt
and developing environmentally responsible technologies," said John
Gustafson, senior fellow and chief product architect, Graphics
Business Unit, AMD. "The SANAM supercomputer, equipped with AMD
FirePro S10000 GPUs based on our Graphics Core Next Architecture,
consumes a mere 180 kilowatts of power while running, which is
incredibly low for a supercomputer. With solutions like the FirePro
S10000 along with innovative software from AMD and technology
partners like AccelerEyes, CAPS Entreprise and PGI we enable
institutions engaged in cutting-edge research, like the University's
work in quantum chromodynamics, to achieve massive compute
performance and processor density, while staying within their power
budget." 
SANAM is a joint project of Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia. As an integral part of the high-speed cluster (HSC)
project, Adtech Global provided technical research to identify a
systems solution that would not only work for the high-speed cluster
HSC application, but could also provide long-term development and
modifications opportunities.  
"We focused on utilizing technologies which would provide the ability
to continuously improve performance, lower costs and reduce power
consumption in the future," said Rick Rozalsky, vice president of
Global Business Development at Adtech Global. "We knew at the outset
that the SANAM supercomputer we worked on with University of
Frankfurt and AMD was going to be special, but knowing is one thing
and seeing is another. We have worked on many high-end, custom
solutions; however, it is always exciting to flip the switch and
witness the incredible performance of today's supercomputers. The
performance-per-watt capability of this system is simply amazing." 
AMD continues to leverage the massive parallel processing
capabilities of its GPUs to power the next breakthrough in scientific
research. By enabling HPC developers to take advantage of GPU compute
with familiar developer tools and programming methodologies that
integrate OpenCL(TM) on the backend, AMD is working to grow and
strengthen the software ecosystem for a broader base of developers to
take advantage of GPU computing.  
Four Maturing Tools for HPC Developers 


 
--  Accelereyes ArrayFire: Accelereyes is dedicated to delivering fast,
    simple GPU software. The general availability release of ArrayFire, a
    GPU software acceleration library that provides hundreds of functions
    already optimized for speed by top GPU computing experts, allows for
    easy integration into C, C++, Fortran and Python applications;
--  Portland Group (PGI) Accelerator compilers: PGI Accelerator Fortran, C
    and C++ compilers target the AMD line of APUs as well as the AMD line
    of discrete GPU accelerators. PGI continues to work closely with AMD
    to extend its PGI Accelerator directive-based compilers. The goal is
    to generate code directly for AMD GPU accelerators, and to generate
    heterogeneous x64+GPU executable files that automatically use both the
    CPU and GPU compute capabilities of AMD APUs;
--  CAPS Entreprise HMPP(TM) compiler: CAPS Entreprise is a leading
    provider of solutions for deploying applications on "many-core"
    systems. CAPS source-to-source HMPP compiler is based on C, C++, and
    Fortran directives and supports OpenACC(R) and OpenHMPP standards.
    With help from AMD, the compiler incorporates a powerful OpenCL
    parallel data generator;
--  AMD CodeXL: AMD CodeXL is a comprehensive tool suite that enables
    developers to harness the benefits of AMD CPUs, GPUs and APUs. It
    includes powerful GPU debugging, comprehensive GPU and CPU profiling,
    and static OpenCL kernel analysis capabilities, enhancing
    accessibility for software developers to enter the era of
    heterogeneous computing. AMD CodeXL is available as both a Visual
    Studio(R) extension and as a standalone user interface application
    for Windows(R) and Linux(R).

  
Supporting Resources 


 
--  Read more about AMD's presence at SC12
--  Learn more about AMD Professional Graphics
--  Learn more about GCN Architecture
--  Follow AMD professional graphics news on Twitter at @AMDFirePro
--  Become a fan of AMD technology on Facebook

  
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