GPU-Accelerated SGI Servers Enable Department of Geosciences at Princeton University to Simulate Seismic Activity in Record

GPU-Accelerated SGI Servers Enable Department of Geosciences at Princeton 
University to Simulate Seismic Activity in Record Time 
Leading University Installs SGI(R) Rackable(R) Servers With NVIDIA
Tesla GPU Accelerators, Enables Seismic Activity to Be Simulated 32x
FREMONT, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/24/13 --  SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), the
trusted leader in technical computing and Big Data, today announced
its NVIDIA(R) Tesla(R) GPU-powered SGI Rackable servers have been
deployed in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University to
drive next-generation earthquake research. The department will
utilize five main open-source software packages and is leveraging
NVIDIA GPUs for the SPECFEM3D 'Sesame' application, which simulates
seismic wave propagation on regional and global scales.  
"SGI provided the engineering expertise and capability of running the
benchmark in the configurations we were seeking," said Curt Hillegas,
director of Research Computing at the University's Office of
Information Technology. "They created complete NVIDIA Tesla
accelerator solutions with full integration and testing in the
factory so that when the Rackable server arrived it was ready to be
plugged in and put into operation, solving complex problems almost
The installation includes 200 NVIDIA Telsa K20 GPU accelerators with
four K20 GPUs per each 2U Rackable server. It enables the Department
of Geosciences to report on seismic activity, via the Global
Seismicity Portal, in 15-30 minutes as compared to two to eight hours
previously. The portal was designed to present the public with near
real-time visualizations of recent earthquakes.  
"The need for computing power at lower power consumption continues to
be a key customer requirement and customers are benefitting from the
highly accelerated code and leading performance per watt capability
offered with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs," said Bill Mannel, vice president
Product Management, Server Products at SGI. "Customers are developing
finer meshes, larger models and problems, higher sampling rates and
resolutions. These problems are often being solved using Tesla
Achieving a 30-percent year over year* increase in the sales of
NVIDIA GPUs shipped, SGI is underscoring a growing demand for the
performance and efficiency benefits of NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators
across a range of scientific and commercial fields. In response to
growing demand for GPUs, SGI plans to add to its wide portfolio of
NVIDIA-inspired solutions by adding liquid-cooled GPU server blades
to SGI ICE X products, providing customers in the defense,
manufacturing, research, and other sectors, with new levels of
energy-efficient and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions.  
"SGI's impressive sales growth demonstrates that accelerators have
become the preferred technology to drive innovation and accelerate
scientific research," said Sumit Gupta, general manager of the Tesla
Accelerated Computing Business at NVIDIA. "With hundreds of supported
applications, hundreds of thousands of developers, and broad support
from system vendors, GPU accelerators will soon power the vast
majority, if not all, HPC systems around the world."  
NVIDIA Tesla K10, K20 and K20X GPU accelerators are available in the
following SGI platforms: 

--  SGI(R) UV(TM)2000, with scalability out to 64 TB in a single
    server, the UV2000 can support up to 16 Tesla GPUs
--  Dense Rackable servers, featuring the dense C1104G or C2110G servers
    for up to 4 Tesla GPUs in a single server
--  The Rackable C2108 and UV20 servers that offer larger memory and I/O
    footprints and up to 2 Tesla GPUs vs. typical dual-socket servers
--  In less dense configurations, Tesla GPUs can be hosted in an SGI ICE X
    fabric via Rackable service nodes

All SGI UV and Rackable solutions are available and shipping today.
Specific support for NVIDIA Tesla GPUs varies with the platform.
Limited numbers of Tesla GPU accelerators can be configured in ICE X
solutions via specialty nodes today as well. Details of an ICE X
liquid-cooled solution will be available later in the year.  
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*"year over year" represented is based on calendar years 2011 and
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