Platform for GPGPU Investigations

Project Details

Description

Investigation of a new computer hardware architecture for scientific calculations

Layman's description

General Purpose Graphical Processing Units (GPGPUs) were designed to support better visualisation for computer games. However, they have features which could enable them to perform some types of calculation more cost-effectively than standard microprocessors. This project was designed to buy and build such a computer and make it available for UK researchers to evaluate its usefulness.

Key findings

The GPGPU system was installed in 2011, since when it has been well used (almost 50% utilisation) by some 15 research groups spanning Chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences and particle physics. It has also been evaluated for its possible use by industry. This has demonstrated that GPGPUs do have a role to play for some calculations but they will not replace standard microprocessors in the majority of applications. Further development and evalutaion studies are continuing.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/02/1131/01/12

Funding

  • EPSRC: £50,000.00

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