NVIDIA Tesla K10 GPU Hits New Performance Milestones For Scientific Simulation

Published: Jun 18th 2012, 07:39 GMT

NVIDIA Tesla K10 GPU Hits New Performance Milestones For Scientific Simulation | techPowerUp

ISC’12 – NVIDIA Tesla K10 GPUs offer performance breakthroughs on popular high performance computing (HPC) applications — ranging from seismic processing to life sciences to video processing — according to new benchmarks NVIDIA released today.

Based on the new NVIDIA Kepler computing architecture, the Tesla K10 GPU delivers the industry’s highest single precision performance (4.58 teraflops) and highest memory bandwidth (320 GB/sec) in a single accelerator. This is 12 times higher single precision flops and 6.4 times higher memory bandwidth than the latest-generation Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs.

The Tesla K10 GPU outperforms CPUs and previous-generation GPUs across the board on the most popular, compute-intensive applications for four key market segments, including:

  • Defense: video analytics, video stabilization, orthorectification, computer vision
  • Life and material sciences: molecular dynamics
  • Oil and gas: seismic processing, reverse time migration
  • Media and entertainment: video editing, video rendering/transcoding, ray tracing

“A distinct advantage of the Tesla K10 GPUs is that it excels in two key areas that have a dramatic impact on overall application performance: floating point operation and memory bandwidth,” said Sumit Gupta, senior director of Tesla business at NVIDIA. “Together, these enable the K10 GPU to deliver substantial out-of-the-box performance increases for the top science, engineering and commercial applications with little or no effort on the part of the developer.”

New Performance Records on AMBER and LAMMPS
On AMBER, a leading biomolecular simulation software application, four Tesla K10 GPUs achieved world record performance, delivering far superior results than what was available on multiple racks of servers just a few years ago.

The Tesla system achieved performance of 76 nanoseconds of computer simulation time in a day for a 23,558 atom molecule, outstripping the previous record set with four Tesla M2090s last year, providing supercomputing performance to thousands of individual researchers to fuel further innovation in such areas as new drug discovery and more effective materials.

“In biomolecular science, adding a few more nanoseconds of simulation time can make a world of difference in the ability of researchers to study and better understand the behavior of complex biological systems,” said Ross Walker, assistant research professor, San Diego Supercomputing Center. “It still blows my mind that a single Tesla K10 outperforms some of the largest CPU clusters. The benefit it offers researchers is tremendous, enabling them to accelerate the search for new and better treatments for a host of diseases and disorders.”

The Tesla K10 GPU also delivers the highest performance on LAMMPS, another application widely used by the life sciences research community. Running the LAMMPS Lennard Jones Liquid Benchmark, a single Tesla K10 GPU outperforms a Tesla M2090 GPU by 80 percent, delivering the equivalent performance of a cluster with 64 x86 CPUs.

Accelerating the Search for Energy

NVIDIA Tesla GPUs continue to deliver the highest performance on reverse time migration (RTM) applications for seismic processing in the oil and gas exploration industry, and for image processing in the computer vision industry. Petrobras, the national oil and gas company of Brazil, achieved an 1.8x speed up on its RTM application on the Tesla K10 GPU, as compared to a Tesla M2090 GPU within the same power envelope.

NVIDIA Tesla K10 GPUs are available from leading OEMs, including Appro Supercomputer Solutions, Dell, HP, IBM, SGI and Supermicro, as well as through NVIDIA distribution partners. More information about the Tesla K10 is available on the NVIDIA Tesla website.

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