"SGI provided the engineering expertise and capability of running the benchmark in the configurations we were seeking", stated Curt Hillegas, director of Research Computing at the University's Office of Information Technology. "They created complete NVIDIA Tesla accelerator solutions with full integration and testing in the factory so that when the Rackable server arrived it was ready to be plugged in and put into operation, solving complex problems almost immediately."
The installation includes 200 NVIDIA Telsa K20 GPU accelerators with four K20 GPUs per each 2U Rackable server. It enables the Department of Geosciences to report on seismic activity, via the Global Seismicity Portal, in 15-30 minutes as compared to two to eight hours previously. The portal was designed to present the public with near real-time visualizations of recent earthquakes.
"The need for computing power at lower power consumption continues to be a key customer requirement and customers are benefitting from the highly accelerated code and leading performance per watt capability offered with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs", stated Bill Mannel, vice president Product Management, Server Products at SGI. "Customers are developing finer meshes, larger models and problems, higher sampling rates and resolutions. These problems are often being solved using Tesla accelerators."
Achieving a 30-percent year over year increase in the sales of NVIDIA GPUs shipped, SGI is underscoring a growing demand for the performance and efficiency benefits of NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators across a range of scientific and commercial fields. In response to growing demand for GPUs, SGI plans to add to its wide portfolio of NVIDIA-inspired solutions by adding liquid-cooled GPU server blades to SGI ICE X products, providing customers in the defense, manufacturing, research, and other sectors, with new levels of energy-efficient and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions.
"SGI's impressive sales growth demonstrates that accelerators have become the preferred technology to drive innovation and accelerate scientific research", stated Sumit Gupta, general manager of the Tesla Accelerated Computing Business at NVIDIA. "With hundreds of supported applications, hundreds of thousands of developers, and broad support from system vendors, GPU accelerators will soon power the vast majority, if not all, HPC systems around the world."
NVIDIA Tesla K10, K20 and K20X GPU accelerators are available in the following SGI platforms: