AMD FirePro GPUs Enable GSI Research Facility’s Heavy Ion Studies

AMD Fire¬≠Pro S9150 GPU powers more than 3 peta¬≠FLOPS super¬≠com¬≠pu¬≠ter clus¬≠ter for Open¬≠CL‚ĄĘ appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons at GSI

SUNNYVALE, Calif. 11/13/2014

AMD (NYSE: AMD) lea¬≠der¬≠ship in hete¬≠ro¬≠ge¬≠neous high per¬≠for¬≠mance com¬≠pu¬≠ting (HPC) is deli¬≠ve¬≠ring more than 3 peta¬≠FLOPS of AMD Fire¬≠Pro‚ĄĘ S9150 ser¬≠ver GPU per¬≠for¬≠mance for the GSI Helm¬≠holtz¬≠zen¬≠trum f√ľr Schwer¬≠io¬≠nen¬≠for¬≠schung GmbH in sup¬≠port of phy¬≠sics rese¬≠arch rela¬≠ted to hea¬≠vy ion stu¬≠dies. Each of the 160 ASUS ESC4000 G2S nodes1 of the new L‚ÄĎCSC clus¬≠ter include four AMD Fire¬≠Pro S9150 ser¬≠ver GPUs, for a total GPU peak of 3.25 peta¬≠FLOPS sin¬≠gle pre¬≠cis¬≠i¬≠on and 1.62 peta¬≠FLOPS dou¬≠ble pre¬≠cis¬≠i¬≠on per¬≠for¬≠mance. The clus¬≠ter is enab¬≠ling Lat¬≠ti¬≠ce Quan¬≠tum Chro¬≠mo Dyna¬≠mics (Lat¬≠ti¬≠ce QCD) com¬≠pu¬≠ta¬≠tio¬≠nal rese¬≠arch using one of the fas¬≠test Open¬≠CL‚ĄĘ imple¬≠men¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠ons for rese¬≠arch appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons in the world. Lat¬≠ti¬≠ce QCD cal¬≠cu¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠ons are appli¬≠ca¬≠ble to a ran¬≠ge of stu¬≠dies in high ener¬≠gy and hea¬≠vy ion physics.

‚ÄúAMD is proud to col¬≠la¬≠bo¬≠ra¬≠te with ASUS, the Frank¬≠furt Insti¬≠tu¬≠te for Advan¬≠ced Stu¬≠dies, (FIAS) and GSI to sup¬≠port such important phy¬≠sics and com¬≠pu¬≠ter sci¬≠ence rese¬≠arch,‚ÄĚ said David Cum¬≠mings, seni¬≠or direc¬≠tor and gene¬≠ral mana¬≠ger, pro¬≠fes¬≠sio¬≠nal gra¬≠phics, AMD. ‚ÄúThis instal¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠on reaf¬≠firms AMD‚Äôs lea¬≠ding role in HPC with the imple¬≠men¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠on of the AMD Fire¬≠Pro S9150 ser¬≠ver GPUs in this three peta¬≠FLOPS super¬≠com¬≠pu¬≠ter clus¬≠ter. AMD and ASUS are enab¬≠ling Open¬≠CL‚ĄĘ appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons for cri¬≠ti¬≠cal sci¬≠ence rese¬≠arch usa¬≠ge for this clus¬≠ter. We‚Äôre com¬≠mit¬≠ted to buil¬≠ding our HPC lea¬≠der¬≠ship posi¬≠ti¬≠on in the indus¬≠try as a fore¬≠most pro¬≠vi¬≠der of com¬≠pu¬≠ting appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons, tools and technologies.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúWe had excel¬≠lent coope¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on with ASUS and AMD to make this pro¬≠ject hap¬≠pen in such a short time¬≠frame,‚ÄĚ said Pro¬≠fes¬≠sor Doc¬≠tor Vol¬≠ker Lin¬≠denstruth, pro¬≠fes¬≠sor at Goe¬≠the Uni¬≠ver¬≠si¬≠ty of Frank¬≠furt and chair¬≠man of Frank¬≠furt Insti¬≠tu¬≠te for Advan¬≠ced Stu¬≠dies. ‚ÄúThe ASUS ESC4000 G2S ser¬≠vers and the AMD Fire¬≠Pro S9150 GPUs are an extre¬≠me¬≠ly powerful basis for the L‚ÄĎCSC clus¬≠ter and they pro¬≠vi¬≠de the com¬≠pu¬≠te capa¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ties we need for our rese¬≠arch. The lar¬≠ge 16GB of memo¬≠ry of the AMD Fire¬≠Pro S9150 ser¬≠ver GPUs allows us to run most LQCD com¬≠pu¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠ons on one GPU wit¬≠hout inter-GPU and inter-node com¬≠mu¬≠ni¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠on resul¬≠ting in very effi¬≠ci¬≠ent LQCD appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠on ope¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on. We have cho¬≠sen a mul¬≠ti-GPU approach with four GPU boards per ser¬≠ver to enable an extre¬≠me¬≠ly cost-effi¬≠ci¬≠ent and ener¬≠gy-effi¬≠ci¬≠ent configuration.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúASUS is pas¬≠sio¬≠na¬≠te about the HPC field, in the same way that AMD is dedi¬≠ca¬≠ted to deli¬≠ve¬≠ring extre¬≠me-per¬≠for¬≠mance GPU solu¬≠ti¬≠ons. Tog¬≠e¬≠ther, ASUS and AMD have rea¬≠ched a new level with the GSI pro¬≠ject, reve¬≠al¬≠ing the true power of ASUS ESC4000 G2S GPU ser¬≠vers and AMD Fire¬≠Pro S9150 GPUs,‚ÄĚ said Tom Lin, ASUS Gene¬≠ral Mana¬≠ger. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre proud to offer our cus¬≠to¬≠mers solu¬≠ti¬≠ons that deli¬≠ver unpar¬≠al¬≠le¬≠led per¬≠for¬≠mance and utmost ener¬≠gy effi¬≠ci¬≠en¬≠cy. The¬≠re is no doubt that our joint GSI pro¬≠ject deli¬≠vers top-tier per¬≠for¬≠mance for cri¬≠ti¬≠cal HPC applications.‚ÄĚ

GSI (Gesell¬≠schaft f√ľr Schwer¬≠io¬≠nen¬≠for¬≠schung), loca¬≠ted in Darm¬≠stadt, Ger¬≠ma¬≠ny, is a rese¬≠arch faci¬≠li¬≠ty for hea¬≠vy ion rese¬≠arch inclu¬≠ding can¬≠cer the¬≠ra¬≠py. The com¬≠pu¬≠te clus¬≠ter was desi¬≠gned and built in con¬≠junc¬≠tion with FIAS, a rese¬≠arch insti¬≠tu¬≠te for phy¬≠sics, neu¬≠ro sci¬≠ence, life sci¬≠ence, and com¬≠pu¬≠ter sci¬≠ence. Within the next few years, GSI will build FAIR (Faci¬≠li¬≠ty for Anti-Pro¬≠ton and Hea¬≠vy-Ion Rese¬≠arch), a new par¬≠tic¬≠le acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠tor and detec¬≠tor faci¬≠li¬≠ty. Rese¬≠ar¬≠chers from around the world use this faci¬≠li¬≠ty for expe¬≠ri¬≠ments that help them make fasci¬≠na¬≠ting rese¬≠arch discoveries.

High ener¬≠gy phy¬≠sics expe¬≠ri¬≠ments, such as at GSI, need huge com¬≠pu¬≠te farms for simu¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠ons. The L‚ÄĎCSC clus¬≠ter is aimed at QCD com¬≠pu¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠ons, which requi¬≠re extre¬≠me¬≠ly high memo¬≠ry band¬≠width. The imple¬≠men¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠on of the Lat¬≠ti¬≠ce QCD algo¬≠rithm was deve¬≠lo¬≠ped at FIAS using an Open¬≠CL‚ĄĘ based imple¬≠men¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠on for por¬≠ta¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty and flexibility.

AMD is exhi¬≠bi¬≠ting with AMD Fire¬≠Pro S9150 ser¬≠ver GPUs and AMD ser¬≠ver tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gies at SC ‚Äô14 in New Orleans Ernest Memo¬≠ri¬≠al Con¬≠ven¬≠ti¬≠on Cen¬≠ter booth #839 from Novem¬≠ber 17 to 20.

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1 The first 60 nodes at GSI are alre¬≠a¬≠dy acti¬≠ve (240 S9150 = 1.22 peta¬≠FLOPS peak GPU sin¬≠gle pre¬≠cis¬≠i¬≠on and 610 tera¬≠FLOPS GPU dou¬≠ble pre¬≠cis¬≠i¬≠on). By the end of the year, the remai¬≠ning 100 nodes will be imple¬≠men¬≠ted (400 S9150 = 2.03 peta¬≠FLOPS peak GPU sin¬≠gle pre¬≠cis¬≠i¬≠on and 1.01 peta¬≠FLOPS peak GPU dou¬≠ble precision)