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HP 234664-002 - ProLiant - ML330T02 Technology Brief

Visualization and acceleration in hp proliant servers.
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Visualization and Acceleration in HP ProLiant
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Technology brief
Table of Contents
Abstract.............................................................................................................................................. 2
Introduction......................................................................................................................................... 2
Visualization ....................................................................................................................................... 2
Graphics processor technology.......................................................................................................... 2
Visualization application areas.......................................................................................................... 3
Visualization applications on servers .................................................................................................. 3
Acceleration........................................................................................................................................ 3
Acceleration products ....................................................................................................................... 4
Acceleration application areas .......................................................................................................... 5
Support for Visualization and Acceleration products in ProLiant servers ...................................................... 5
I/O Bandwidth and Mechanical support............................................................................................. 5
Power and Cooling support............................................................................................................... 5
Enablement matrix for HP ProLiant servers ........................................................................................... 6
Conclusion.......................................................................................................................................... 9
For more information............................................................................................................................ 9
Call to action ...................................................................................................................................... 9
Graphics Processing Units ............................................................................................................. 4
Field Programmable Gate Arrays ................................................................................................... 4
GPGPU versus FPGA Acceleration.................................................................................................. 4

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    Visualization and Acceleration in HP ProLiant servers Technology brief Table of Contents Abstract.............................. 2 Introduction............................2 Visualization ............................2 Graphics processor technology......................2 Visualization application areas......................3 Visualization applications on servers ....................3 Acceleration............................3 Acceleration products ........................4 Graphics Processing Units ......................4 Field Programmable Gate Arrays ....................

  • Page 2: Abstract, Introduction, Visualization, Graphics Processor Technology

    Abstract Visualization and Acceleration are two key segments of the compute-intensive applications market today. This technology brief provides an overview of Visualization and Acceleration technologies and products for industry-standard servers and their primary applications areas. It describes the features that are being designed into HP ProLiant servers to support Acceleration and Visualization products, and it describes the ongoing qualification and testing efforts undertaken at HP to ensure that these products provide robust and optimized solutions when used with HP ProLiant servers.

  • Page 3: Visualization Application Areas, Visualization Applications On Servers, Acceleration

    Visualization application areas The rapid advances in GPU technology have made possible a level of performance for Visualization applications on industry-standard platforms that was unimaginable a decade ago. Currently visualization applications are used in several industries:  Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Engineering –...

  • Page 4: Graphics Processing Units, Field Programmable Gate Arrays

    Acceleration products Graphics processing units GPU’s were originally developed to deliver the graphics rendering capabilities used in Visualization applications. Computer scientists and the companies that produced GPUs soon realized that the large- scale parallel computing capability of GPUs could be harnessed to run general purpose computational applications, leading to the development of GPGPUs.

  • Page 5: Acceleration Application Areas, Support For Visualization And Acceleration Products In Proliant Servers

    Acceleration application areas Acceleration applications exist in almost any endeavor that requires large-scale computationally intensive problem solving. There are off-the-shelf applications available, although a significant percentage of Acceleration applications are developed in-house by customers addressing very specific needs. The following list indicates some of the typical acceleration applications areas. ...

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    contain several hundred cores and that the accelerator card may also have several gigabytes of onboard memory. Many accelerator cards use 100 to 300 watts of power, which is significantly greater than the 75 watts of power that is supported through the PCIe x16 connector. Fortunately, the PCIe specification defines a method for supplying additional power to cards using auxiliary power connectors on the system motherboard that connect to the accelerator cards using special cables.

  • Page 7: Hp Accelerator Program And Qualified Visualization And Acceleration Products

    Table 2 shows the same information for the ProLiant G6 servers. Table 2. Hardware support for visualization and acceleration products in ProLiant G6 servers ProLiant PCIe x16 I/O Support Power Support Optional Riser Power Cable Server Required Option Kit 533955-B21 DL160 G6 1 full length/full height 125 watts...

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    Several visualization and acceleration products are also orderable as HP option kits. These are shown in Table 4. Table 4. HP Visualization and Acceleration option kits Product HP Option Kit HP platforms HP NVIDIA Quadro FX 1700 490646-B21 Visualization DL160 G5, DL165 G5 512 MB PCI-e HP NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 490062-B21...

  • Page 9: Conclusion, For More Information, Call To Action

    Conclusion Application areas using visualization and acceleration technologies are a very focused but growing part of the market for industry-standard servers. HP is committed to serving this market by continuing to engineer support for these technologies into its product designs. HP also maintains the ongoing SCI Accelerator Program to qualify key acceleration and visualization products on HP ProLiant servers.

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