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Next Gen CUDA: Fermi





The-Nisk
It's not exactly new at this stage...it was made known back in september, but a quick search on here resulted in nothing.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/fermi_architecture.html

Personally I'm very very excited about this, since the architecture will work with C++, which I already know a little of (this will make me want to master it). All that parralel processing power....you could make the most CPU intensive computations a breeze for you applications. This is the reason my next GPU purchase will be Nvidia.

What I'm interested in is what would you guys use it for?
P.S. perhaps I should have posted in in the programming section...
jwellsy
http://www.nvidia.com/object/fermi_architecture.htm

Cool link , thanks. That could be a good industrial platform. The last several generations of High Power Computers have used Nvidea GPU's. So, that's a proven architecture. 500 cores is a long away from bleeding edge. The Blue Waters project currently under construction has 300,000 cores.
http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/BlueWaters/system.html

Parallel programming is the future. That is exactly what companies are looking for in multi-physics modeling to build and test (even acceptance testing) new products virtually before building a physical one.

If I had one of these I would rent/lease out the computing cycles and I would offer Project Management services for clients.
The-Nisk
jwellsy wrote:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/fermi_architecture.htm

Cool link , thanks. That could be a good industrial platform. The last several generations of High Power Computers have used Nvidea GPU's. So, that's a proven architecture. 500 cores is a long away from bleeding edge. The Blue Waters project currently under construction has 300,000 cores.
http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/BlueWaters/system.html

Parallel programming is the future. That is exactly what companies are looking for in multi-physics modeling to build and test (even acceptance testing) new products virtually before building a physical one.

If I had one of these I would rent/lease out the computing cycles and I would offer Project Management services for clients.


I think that's 200, 000 cores Razz but that is still a lot!

Still thom I doubt very much I'll be able to afford BlueWaters supercomputer....however I should be able to afford Nvidea new card! All this parallel processing talk is really making me reconsider splashing out on i7.....IBM's Power7 instead maybe Smile
jwellsy
Even 500 cores would be pricey. The bottle neck isn't really hardware anymore. In the High Power computing world there is essentially infinite computing power. It's the programming that limits what can currently be done with it.

It's exciting to see what uses people come up with for multi core machines.

Of course the financial sector is all over this technology to manage money and risk.

Drug companies love it too for product development and testing.

For home use it integrates nicely into multi media entertainment systems like 4K resolution video with layered polarized images. I saw this setup in May 09. It was awesome. Like seeing HDTV for the first time. You wear glasses where the lens' are polarized opposite to each other right/left. Images jump off the screen at you like you've never seen before. They actually disappear at about arms length in front of you. Fast moving images will make you duck it looks so real.
The-Nisk
jwellsy wrote:

For home use it integrates nicely into multi media entertainment systems like 4K resolution video with layered polarized images. I saw this setup in May 09. It was awesome. Like seeing HDTV for the first time. You wear glasses where the lens' are polarized opposite to each other right/left. Images jump off the screen at you like you've never seen before. They actually disappear at about arms length in front of you. Fast moving images will make you duck it looks so real.


That sounds pretty damn glorious. just what setup was it? They must have used a projector...but what multi-core/computer did they use? I starting to think PS3, but then i remembered that Video acceleration is locked in to foreign OSs. Details would be very welcome Razz
jwellsy
I'll try to find my notes from last year on it. I know I wrote down a few specs. Here's a little info on the glasses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RealD_Cinema . You combine that with a big screen 4K TV and you've got something just as good if not better than your own private imax.
jwellsy
These are the people that put on the demonstration that I saw.
http://avl.ncsa.illinois.edu/Events.html

Their flyer lists:
JVC 4K and HD projectors with circular stereo http://jvcdig.com/
Zaxel Systems 4K Video Playback Servers http://www.zaxel.com/
Visbox Stereo 4K and HD Dual Mirror Enclosures http://www.visbox.com/
NCSA Stereo HD playback and control software for Apple and Linux Systems.

When I briefly peeked behind the curtain I saw:
Apple Mac Pro
Intel Duo Core
two 14 drive fibre channel server raid arrays
jwellsy
I would love to see eight of these systems setup in an octagonal pattern for an immersive 360' hologram deck where things would travel right past you. It may be tuff on your heart to see what it really looks like to get run over by a fire truck or be in the middle of a pro football game.
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