AMD FirePro Server Graphics Redefining Supercomputing Performance Through Power Efficient, Sustainable Technology

Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:01pm EST

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  SUNNYVALE, CA, Nov 14 (Marketwire) -- 
AMD (NYSE: AMD) has collaborated with the University of Frankfurt's
Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) to deliver a new standard in
power-efficient supercomputing with the SANAM supercomputer, securing the
number two ranking on the latest Green500(TM) List. The supercomputer
will aid FIAS in quantum chromodynamics research. 

    Powered by 420 AMD FirePro(TM) S10000 dual-GPU server graphics cards
based on AMD Graphics Core Next Architecture, the SANAM supercomputer
redefines supercomputing with its incredible power efficiency. Capable of
sustaining 420 TFLOPS, providing a system energy efficiency of over 2.3
GFLOPS per watt and performing 2,351 million calculations per second per
watt, the SANAM supercomputer is shifting the industry mindset of
determining performance through FLOPS to focusing on eco-conscious
measurements like performance-per-watt. This latest AMD technology
milestone comes two days after the announcement that AMD Opteron(TM)
processors power the world's highest-performance supercomputer, "Titan,"
as ranked on the Top500's Supercomputer Sites list. In addition to the
number two ranking on the Green500 List, the SANAM supercomputer can also
claim the performance crown as the most powerful and energy-efficient
supercomputer powered primarily by graphics processors.

    AMD also introduced new reliability features that allowed the SANAM
supercomputer to perform 3.6 quintillion double-precision operations
during its Green500 run, further demonstrating how leading-edge
supercomputing can be achieved through green technology. Moreover, AMD is
solidifying its commitment to the future of the high performance
computing (HPC) industry by announcing four emerging software tools that
enable developers to use familiar programming methods to leverage AMD
discrete graphics processing unit (GPU) and accelerated processing unit
(APU) technologies.

    "There is a massive shift in the HPC industry from defining
supercomputing performance in terms of FLOPS to performance-per-watt and
developing environmentally responsible technologies," said John
Gustafson, senior fellow and chief product architect, Graphics Business
Unit, AMD. "The SANAM supercomputer, equipped with AMD FirePro S10000
GPUs based on our Graphics Core Next Architecture, consumes a mere 180
kilowatts of power while running, which is incredibly low for a
supercomputer. With solutions like the FirePro S10000 along with
innovative software from AMD and technology partners like AccelerEyes,
CAPS Entreprise and PGI we enable institutions engaged in cutting-edge
research, like the University's work in quantum chromodynamics, to
achieve massive compute performance and processor density, while staying
within their power budget."

    SANAM is a joint project of Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia. As an integral part of the high-speed cluster (HSC) project,
Adtech Global provided technical research to identify a systems solution
that would not only work for the high-speed cluster HSC application, but
could also provide long-term development and modifications opportunities. 

    "We focused on utilizing technologies which would provide the ability to
continuously improve performance, lower costs and reduce power
consumption in the future," said Rick Rozalsky, vice president of Global
Business Development at Adtech Global. "We knew at the outset that the
SANAM supercomputer we worked on with University of Frankfurt and AMD was
going to be special, but knowing is one thing and seeing is another. We
have worked on many high-end, custom solutions; however, it is always
exciting to flip the switch and witness the incredible performance of
today's supercomputers. The performance-per-watt capability of this
system is simply amazing."

    AMD continues to leverage the massive parallel processing capabilities of
its GPUs to power the next breakthrough in scientific research. By
enabling HPC developers to take advantage of GPU compute with familiar
developer tools and programming methodologies that integrate OpenCL(TM)
on the backend, AMD is working to grow and strengthen the software
ecosystem for a broader base of developers to take advantage of GPU

    Four Maturing Tools for HPC Developers

--  Accelereyes ArrayFire: Accelereyes is dedicated to delivering fast,
    simple GPU software. The general availability release of ArrayFire, a
    GPU software acceleration library that provides hundreds of functions
    already optimized for speed by top GPU computing experts, allows for
    easy integration into C, C++, Fortran and Python applications;
--  Portland Group (PGI) Accelerator compilers: PGI Accelerator Fortran, C
    and C++ compilers target the AMD line of APUs as well as the AMD line
    of discrete GPU accelerators. PGI continues to work closely with AMD
    to extend its PGI Accelerator directive-based compilers. The goal is
    to generate code directly for AMD GPU accelerators, and to generate
    heterogeneous x64+GPU executable files that automatically use both the
    CPU and GPU compute capabilities of AMD APUs;
--  CAPS Entreprise HMPP(TM) compiler: CAPS Entreprise is a leading
    provider of solutions for deploying applications on "many-core"
    systems. CAPS source-to-source HMPP compiler is based on C, C++, and
    Fortran directives and supports OpenACC(R) and OpenHMPP standards.
    With help from AMD, the compiler incorporates a powerful OpenCL
    parallel data generator;
--  AMD CodeXL: AMD CodeXL is a comprehensive tool suite that enables
    developers to harness the benefits of AMD CPUs, GPUs and APUs. It
    includes powerful GPU debugging, comprehensive GPU and CPU profiling,
    and static OpenCL kernel analysis capabilities, enhancing
    accessibility for software developers to enter the era of
    heterogeneous computing. AMD CodeXL is available as both a Visual
    Studio(R) extension and as a standalone user interface application
    for Windows(R) and Linux(R).


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About AMD
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leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its groundbreaking
AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of
computing devices. AMD's server computing products focus on driving
industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD's
superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions
ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers. For more information,

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Dave Erskine
AMD Public Relations
(289) 695-0903

Matthew Kanas
Edelman for AMD
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