[Beowulf] What happened to AMD GPU?

Prentice Bisbal prentice.bisbal at rutgers.edu
Wed Mar 4 12:32:40 PST 2015


Thanks for bringing this up. I forgot to mention this in one of my 
earlier posts. If AMD created their own version of NVidia's CUDA Centers 
of Excellence (CCoE) or Intel's Parallel Computing Centers (IPCC), that 
would go far in reducing the main barrier to adoption of AMD GPUs. I 
believe one of the goals of these centers is to port popular 
applications to the respective architectures.



On 03/04/2015 03:15 PM, Douglas Eadline wrote:
> The one thing NVidia did right was port/support popular
> applications to CUDA (Amber comes to mind). I don't see
> how AMD can compete in this space if they don't do the
> same thing, but do it for their APU Opteron-X processors
> using HSA  (should they come out with some heftier models)
> --
> Doug
>> This is part shameless self promotion, but also meant to stir some
>> discussion..
>> Take a look at some of the recent top results for SPEC ACCEL
>> http://spec.org/accel/results/accel_acc.html
>> /* It may not seem like much, but I can say that is the visible result
>> to a heck of a lot of work */
>> I have to word this carefully, but after that was submitted we fixed a
>> cooling issue and the score went higher.. expect better public results
>> in 2 weeks. (Anyone want to party at GTC?)
>> Frankly, it's visible we still aren't the best performance on some
>> codes.. Those issues basically fall into two camps and we're working
>> on it.
>> -----------
>> Having said this..
>> Would anyone build an AMD GPU cluster if
>> 1) The GPU was 30-40% faster than a K40
>> 2) It cost less
>> 3) OpenACC/OpenMP4/CUDA programming models were high performance and
>> supported
>> 4) More oncard ram
>> -----------
>> The s9150 is a top end card and priced relatively in the same ballpark
>> as the competition..
>> Forgive me for sounding like a salesperson.
>> If you don't need all the ram on the card - there's the w8100 (with
>> fan on the card)  - $1050 on Newegg! (Why do I feel like an
>> infomercial)
>> I have 2x w8100 in a server for benchmarking and they are nice GPU.
>> Not as fast as a K40, but beats other cards.
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