Partners Magnify the SC13 Experience

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Yesterday, we posted photos from our exhibit. Today was the last day of SC13, and we want to tip our hat to the wonderful partners that magnified our SC13 experience. Creative Consultants, Mellanox, and Allinea Creative Consultants ran an ArrayFire demo across several nodes using Mellanox interconnect. The demo was a multi-node, multi-GPU lattice boltzmann simulation. Allinea also showcased their debugging and profiling tools on the same ArrayFire based code. AMD ArrayFire OpenCL demos were showcased in the AMD exhibit. It was great to see momentum from AMD at SC13 carried over from the previous week’s APU13 conference. Microway In the photo below, you can see ArrayFire running on Microway’s WhisperStation. Microway had prime real estate at the conference and surely every …

Photos from SC13

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SC13 was awesome this week! Tomorrow is the last day of the exhibition. For those of you that did not make it to the show, here are some pictures from our exhibit: The AccelerEyes Booth ——————————————————————————————————– ArrayFire OpenCL Demo on ARM Mali ——————————————————————————————————– ArrayFire CUDA Demo on NVIDIA K40 ——————————————————————————————————– ArrayFire OpenCL Demo on Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor ——————————————————————————————————– ArrayFire OpenCL Demo on AMD FirePro GPU ——————————————————————————————————– It was a great show and wonderful to see so many ArrayFire users in person. If you could not attend and would like to learn more about our CUDA or OpenCL products or services, let us know! Related articles ArrayFire v2.0 Release Candidate Now Available for Download Two Kinds of Exhibits to Watch …

APU 2013 – Day 3 Recap

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Big announcement here at #APU13! AMD CTO, Mark Papermaster, just announced 2 additions to the 2014 Mobile APU roadmap — AMD (@AMD) November 13, 2013 Today was the final day of AMD’s APU 2013 conference. The theme of today was mostly focused on gaming topics, so it was not as relevant to technical computing as yesterday. However, the mobile product announcement from AMD in the tweet above was interesting. OpenCL is just as important in mobile computing as it is in HPC computing. Both ends of the spectrum have a need for speed and can achieve it through great data parallelism. AMD is looking to make better inroads into mobile computing with these APU announcements. Overall, APU 2013 was a fantastic …

APU 2013 – Day 2 Recap

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Today was the first full day of AMD’s APU 2013 conference. It was a whirlwind of heterogeneous computing. From the morning keynotes, three particular salient points stuck out to us: Mike Muller, CTO at ARM, talked about heterogeneous computing. He said it nicely with, “Heterogeneous computing is the future. It has also been our past, but we didn’t notice because a few shiny companies overshadowed everything else.” That is a great way to describe it. The future of heterogeneous computing involves the rise in importance of non-x86 processors. Throwing a few more MHz onto a CPU no longer is capable of satiating computational demands. Nandini Ramani, VP at Oracle, talked about the importance of Java for heterogeneous computing. She pointed …

APU 2013 – Day 1 Recap

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AMD’s APU 2013 kicked off today with keynotes and a welcome reception. The developer summit is themed as the epicenter of heterogeneous computing. AMD has a world class CPU and a world class GPU and is pushing the industry forward by combining both of those devices into the same chip, the APU. AMD’s APUs are programmable via OpenCL, the industry standard for heterogeneous development. AMD is also leading the way with standards for Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA). APU13 will have many technical sessions, keynotes, and demos around OpenCL and HSA. We are at the APU conference demoing ArrayFire acceleration on two of AMD’s newest hardware offerings: A machine with the latest AMD Radeon R9 209X discrete GPU A machine with the …

ArrayFire for Defense and Intelligence Applications – Joint Webinar Recap

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In case you missed it, hundreds of attendees recently joined us in a special joint webinar with NVIDIA. The webinar was led by Kyle Spafford, a Senior Developer at AccelerEyes. Kyle detailed how GPU computing can be implemented in the defense and intelligence fields. Kyle specifically addressed enabling unique solutions for applications related to video analysis, recognition, and tracking using the ArrayFire software library for C, C++, and Fortran. At the conclusion of the presentation Kyle fields questions from those in attendance, including “How does ArrayFire Fortran Lib compare to CUDA Fortran?” (see 59:36 mark), “Can you target a specific GPU if you have multiple on the machine?” (56:14), and “How can I combine several kernels to one fat kernel by using …

ArrayFire for Defense and Intelligence Applications

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AccelerEyes and NVIDIA invite you to participate in a joint webinar designed to help you learn about ArrayFire, a productive, easy-to-use GPU software library for C, C++, and Fortran. Major defense and intelligence institutions are discovering just how effective GPU computing can be in enabling unique solutions for applications related to video analysis, recognition, and tracking. During this informative webinar, Kyle Spafford, a Senior Software Developer at AccelerEyes, will explain how to accelerate common defense and intelligence algorithms using ArrayFire. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM PDT. Register for this webinar by clicking here. We hope you will join us as we discuss exciting developments in GPU computing software!

ISC 2013 Keynote by Stephen Pawlowski of Intel

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Stephen Pawlowski of Intel gave an interesting keynote today at ISC 2013. He continued the theme of yesterday’s keynote to address challenges our market faces in getting to exascale computing. Here is a summary of the points he made during his talk: Getting to exascale by 2020 requires performance improvement of 2x every year Innovations anticipated include stacked chips and optical layers DRAM is not scaling with Moore’s Law More power goes into transferring data than in computing Need to operate transistors near threshold New materials for DRAM needed. Resistive memory could replace DRAM. Need to explore both the big die and the small die paths as we approach 2020 Big die path leads to 10 billion transistors on a …

ISC 2013 Keynote by Bill Dally of NVIDIA

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Bill Dally of NVIDIA gave a wonderful keynote today at ISC 2013. He focused on addressing the challenges facing our market in getting to exascale computing. He talked about how Moore’s law is alive and well because transistors continue to double at an astonishing rate. However, the additional transistors are not translating into the same big performance gains as they did in the 1990’s. Whereas performance used to grow 50% per year, performance today is growing at a much slower pace. The biggest bottleneck to more performance is energy efficiency. Bill showed slides of chips and talked about the picojoules required to compute versus those required to move data and operands around the chip. The take home message was that …

ArrayFire + Scorpii Demo by CreativeC

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CreativeC makes awesome compute + visualization systems. We got to see the demo in live action at the GPU Technology Conference last month. Tim Thomas was kind enough to let us film the demo showing how ArrayFire can be used to drive a multi-node, 9 GPU system in a physics application. Checkout the video below. If you are interested in high-throughput compute coupled with high-pixel visualizations, we recommend you talk with the folks at CreativeC. They are always pushing the envelope on what can be done with GPU computing and GPU visualizations. Also, if you have cool demos showing ArrayFire in action, let us know. We’d love to film your work and make it available on this blog! Related articles …