NVIDIA Tesla GPUs Open the Door to ARM64 Entry Into HPC

NVIDIA has announced that multiple server vendors are now leveraging the performance of NVIDIA GPU accelerators to launch the world’s first 64-bit ARM development systems for high performance computing (HPC). ARM64 server processors were primarily designed for micro-servers and web servers. Now, they can tackle HPC-class workloads when paired with NVIDIA’s Tesla GPU accelerators.

nvidia-tesla-gpuGPUs provide ARM64 server vendors with the muscle to tackle HPC workloads, enabling them to build high-performance systems that maximize the ARM architecture’s power efficiency and system configurability.

Featuring Applied Micro X-GeneARM64 CPUs and NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU accelerators, the new ARM64 servers would provide users with an expanded range of efficient, high-performance computing options to drive compute-intensive HPC and enterprise data center workloads.

IDC: Substantial interest

“The availability of accelerated 64-bit ARM servers is one of the most significant developments to hit the HPC market this year,” said Earl Joseph, IDC program vice president for HPC. “IDC believes there is substantial interest within the HPC community in evaluating GPU-accelerated 64-bit ARM systems for next-generation computing projects.”

The first GPU-accelerated ARM64 development platforms will be available in July from Cirrascale Corp. and E4 Computer Engineering, with production systems expected to ship later this year. The Eurotech Group also plans to ship production systems later this year. System details include:

  • Cirrascale RM1905D – High-density two-in-one 1U server with two Tesla K20 GPU accelerators; provides high-performance for private cloud, public cloud hosting environments, HPC, and enterprise applications.
  • E4 EK003 – Production-ready, low-power 3U, dual-motherboard server appliance with two Tesla K20 GPU accelerators, designed for seismic, signal and image processing, video analytics, track analysis, web applications and MapReduce processing.
  • Eurotech – Ultra-high density, energy efficient and modular Aurora HPC server configuration, based on proprietary Brick Technology and featuring direct hot liquid cooling.

“GPUs are the enabling technology that allow server vendors to build HPC-class systems around flexible ARM64 processors,” said Ian Buck, vice president of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. “The result is new, highly innovative computing solutions for HPC.”