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Server card breaks 2TFLOPS double precision barrier

07 Aug 2014

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AMD developed the FirePro S9150 server card, which the company claims as the most powerful server graphics processing unit (GPU) built for High Performance Computing.

Based on the AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the AMD FirePro S9150 server card is the first server card to support enhanced double precision and break the 2TFLOPS double precision barrier. With 16GB of GDDR5 memory—33 per cent more than the competition—and maximum power consumption of 235W, AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs provide supercomputers with massive compute performance while maximising available power budgets.

The AMD FirePro S9150 server card is supported by a powerful software ecosystem, enabling developers to better harness its compute performance. In addition to AMD support for OpenCL, including support for OpenCL 2.0 planned later this year, AMD today announced a collaboration with Pathscale to support OpenMP 4.0 for AMD FirePro S9150 and selected other AMD FirePro graphics cards.

"Pathscale's ENZO Compiler with OpenMP 4.0 and support for C, C++, and Fortran is used by customers in the oil and gas, computational science, computer aided engineering, and other HPC segments," said Christopher Bergstrom, CTO, Pathscale.

FirePro S9150

The AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU features:

  • 5.07TFLOPS of peak single-precision floating point performance—up to 18 per cent more than the competition
  • Maximum double-precision floating point performance resulting in 2.53TFLOPS peak double-precision compute performance—half of its peak single precision performance.
  • 2,816 stream processors (44 GCN compute units)
  • Error Correcting Code Memory support (external)
  • Ready to support OpenCL 2.0
  • AMD STREAM technology

Additionally, AMD introduced the new AMD FirePro S9050 server GPU with 12GB of ultra-fast GDDR5 memory, ECC Memory support, cutting-edge graphics, and compute performance. The new server GPU delivers 3.23TFLOPS of peak single precision, plus 806GFLOPS of double precision floating-point performance for effortless processing of challenging compute workloads.

The AMD FirePro S9050 server GPU features:

  • 12GB GDDR5 memory, 384bit memory interface and up to 264GB/s memory bandwidth
  • 1,792 stream processors (28 GCN compute units)
  • OpenCL 1.2 support
  • Error Correcting Code Memory support (internal and external)
  • 225W maximum power consumption

Both of the AMD FirePro S9150 and S9050 server GPUs feature PCIe x16 dual slot form factors and passive thermal solutions more compatible with server environments. Additionally, both cards support AMD STREAM technology, which powers the ecosystem that enables AMD FirePro S-Series server GPUs to be used for compute intensive workflows leveraging the massively parallel processing power of AMD GPUs, and to accelerate many applications beyond just graphics.

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