New Xeon CPUs, Blog Posts, and Tech Tidbits

Xeon E5-2600v2 (Ivy Bridge-EP) CPUs Now Shipping,
Deliver on Performance and Value

Intel's "Ivy Bridge" 22nm refreshes of the Xeon E5-2600 and E5-1600 series CPUs have launched. We're excited by the increased performance, higher core counts, greater memory bandwidth, and excellent value for the dollar of these new Xeon E5-2600v2 and E5-1600v2 series products.

Higher core counts and increased clock speeds

Memory bandwidth increases for all SKUs

Excellent value for your compute dollar

Read our blog post for more information about the Xeon E5-2600v2 CPUs

Xeon E5-2600v2 Platforms Ready for All Needs

The new Xeon E5-2600v2 CPUs support much of the same motherboard and platform infrastructure as their predecessors. The new CPUs are socket compatible with a BIOS upgrade, and many platforms are ready for DDR3-1866 memory speeds as well.

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Intermediate-level CUDA Programming & Optimization Guide

We have been featuring a GPU Performance Optimization Series on our HPC Tech Tips blog. These posts are intended for non-experts who are new to GPU programming or have a GPU application that doesn't achieve the best performance. Although the discussion is technical at times, the focus remains upon improvements that can be made without significant efforts. The goal is for readers to make the intelligent design choices which result in great performance (if not peak performance).

Parallel Thread Management - Topic #1

Read: CUDA Parallel Thread Management, Divergence and Profiling

Host/Device Transfers and Data Movement - Topic #2

Read: Profile CUDA Host-to-Device Transfers and Data Movement
Read: Optimize CUDA Host-to-Device Transfers

Cache and Shared Memory Optimizations - Topic #3

Read: GPU Memory Types and Memory Performance Comparison
Read: GPU Shared Memory Performance Optimization
Read: Avoiding GPU Memory Performance Bottlenecks

HPC & GPU Supercomputing Meetup Group of Boston

We'll be meeting on Tuesday October 22nd to discuss the SC13 Student Cluster Competition. Presentation topics include:

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The Boston meetings are sponsored by Microway and NVIDIA

Tech Tidbits

We've collected a number of the latest HPC technical resources below for your perusal.

Intel Parallel Programming and Xeon Phi Webinar Series

Part 1: Coding The Future: Intel's Vision

Part 2: Vectorization using Intel Cilk Plus Array Notation in C++/C (Ideal for Xeon Phi Programmers)

Part 3: Vectorization with Pragmas in Fortran and C++/C (Ideal for Xeon Phi Programmers)

Part 4: Data alignment for effective vectorization in Fortran and C++/C (Ideal for Xeon Phi Programmers)

Part 5: Faster math performance with Intel Math Kernel Library (Ideal for Xeon Phi Programmers)

Part 6: Automatic offload with Intel Math Kernel Library (Ideal for Xeon Phi Programmers)

Part 7: Threading with OpenMP (OpenMP 4 Ready for Coprocessor Offload)

Part 8: Simplified threading with Intel Cilk Plus

Part 9: Threading with Intel Threading Building Blocks

Part 10: Performance analysis with Intel VTune Amplifier XE

Part 11: Distributed Computing with Intel MPI Library (Intel MPI and Xeon Phi Coprocessors)

Part 12: Analyzing and Balancing MPI Applications (Tuning Your MPI Application Running on Xeon Phi Coprocessors)

NVIDIA GTC Express Webinars

October 9, 2013 (MP4 Replay) OpenACC 2.0 vs OpenMP 4.0 Programming Comparison

October 22, 2013, 12pm ET Introduction to SeqAn, an Open-source C++ Template Library

October 29, 2013, 1pm ET How to Improve Performance using the CUDA Memory Model and Features of the Kepler Architecture

November 6, 2013, 1pm ET Bright Cluster Manager: A CUDA-ready Management Solution for GPU-based HPC

WhisperStation - Maximus Desktop Engineering Recap

Our WhisperStation - Maximus Editor's Pick of the Week was featured in the September Issue of Desktop Engineering

Learn why the Editor-at-Large featured WhisperStation - Maximus

For a full description from Desktop Engineering read the detailed specification article

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