Supermicro New Zealand Channel Newsletter
Tesla GPU Workstations
31 October 2011
In our newsletter last month we introduced Tesla to servers, suitable for High Performance Computing (HPC) and for building supercomputers such as Tianhe-1A, the second fastest supercomputer in the world as of 2011. HPC is not reserved only for servers however - the same Tesla (Fermi) family of GPUs are available for workstations (models C2050 / C2070 / C2075 which have an active heatsink), allowing users to turn standard PCs and workstations into personal supercomputers.
The difference between Tesla products and ordinary video cards (Geforce, Radeon etc.) is that they are tuned for calculations rather than outputting images to a display. They are designed to excel in dual-precision floating point calculations in particular, which are useful for simulations in professional and scientific fields as well as large-scale calculations. Compared to Quadro, Tesla GPU processors have ECC memory for critical computing accuracy and reliability.
The default building block of choice is the X8DTH-iF motherboard. It is a standard Extended ATX board and a flexible platform for many different purposes with its seven (7) PCI-Express x8 2.0 slots.
Chassis options include the Supermicro 747TQ-R1400B or the Compucon Full Tower.
For a purpose built personal supercomputer the 7046GT-TRF would be the optimal choice with four (4) PCE-Express x16 2.0 slots dedicated for GPU processors. Please contact us if you need more information on this technology and class of products.
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