[Beowulf] crunch per kilowatt: GPU vs. CPU

Bill Broadley bill at cse.ucdavis.edu
Mon May 18 13:09:27 PDT 2009

Craig Tierney wrote:
> Where did you get the 1/12th number for NVIDIA?  For each streaming multiprocessor (SM)
> has 1 single precision FPU per thread (8 threads per SM), but only 1 double precision FPU
> on the SM.  So that ratio would be 1/8.

I just used the nvidia provided information:

Click on specifications. 933/78=11.96

> I have demonstrated this ratio on a simple
> code that required little to no memory transfers.

Maybe the ratios are different when the workload isn't optimal for getting the
peak rate.  Peak numbers often require very special situations, something like
interleaved adds and multiplies or a fused instruction that does 2 flops.  So
maybe for pure multiplications you get 1/8th, but for the perfect workload you
get 1/12th.

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