[Beowulf] Vector coprocessors
michael.creel at uab.es
Thu Mar 16 02:47:31 PST 2006
Daniel Pfenniger wrote:
> The shipment of this accelerator card has been delayed many times. Last
> I asked was October 2005. Apparently the first shipment has been made
> month for a Japanese supercomputer with 10^4 Opterons. The cost is not
> indicated, but something like above $8000.- per card would put it outside
> commodity hardware. I wouldn't be astonished that more performance can
> be obtained in most applications with commodity clustering.
> If Clearspeed would consider mass production with a cost like $100.-$500.-
> per card the market would be huge, because the card would be competing with
> multi-core processors like the IBM-Sony Cell.
> The possibly most interesting niche for the Clearspeed cards appears to me
> accelerating proprietary applications like Matlab, Mathematica and
> Excel that run on a single PC and that can hardly be reprogrammed by their
> users to run on a distributed cluster.
There is a MPITB for Matlab http://atc.ugr.es/javier-bin/mpitb_eng and a
MPITB for Octave http://atc.ugr.es/javier-bin/mpitb that let's them use
MPI calls to run on a distributed cluster. The Octave package works very
well in my experience.
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