Thursday, November 20, 2014

Meet the Tesla K80: Nvidia's most powerful graphics card yet has an insane 24GB of RAM



HI guys, Nvidia’s PC graphics chips may draw all the attention, but supercomputing chips are driving the company’s GPU technology ahead.
The company has announced an updated Tesla K80 graphics card, which is its fastest graphics product to date. Tesla is used in some of the world’s fastest supercomputers to solve pressing scientific questions.The K80 is based on technology similar to that used in GeForce PC graphics cards, but with some memory and throughput tweaks. The graphics card can be used by engineering companies to simulate visual models, or by oil and gas companies for geological research to find the best drilling sites. Tesla has also been used in servers to deliver virtual desktops to remote clients.Nvidia’s Tesla is one of many server accelerators available. Intel sells the Xeon Phi chip, while Advanced Micro Devices offers FirePro cards for servers and workstations. Software needs to be written specifically to take advantage of these processors, and Nvidia offers its CUDA parallel programming framework for Tesla.
  • The K80 chip is broken up into two graphics processors, which share the balance of processing. Combined, the chip has 4,992 processing cores, 24GB of GDDR5 memory and memory bandwidth of 480GBps. 
  • A technology called GPU Boost can kick up performance for specific applications in bursts to deliver better results.
  • Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Quanta and Cray will use the K80 GPUs in servers. Servers from HP and Dell will run on Intel’s Xeon CPUs.
  • Dell’s PowerEdge C4130 is a 1U server that looks more like an appliance and will be able to accommodate up to four K80 cards. 
  • A number of C4130 servers could be used as cabinets to build a supercomputer, said Jimmy Pike, chief architect for Dell’s enterprise solutions group.

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