AMD releases the Most Powerful Server GPU for HPC

AMD recently released its newest offering the AMD FirePro S9150 server card –AMD’s most powerful server Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) ever built specifically for High Performance.With 16GB of GDDR5 memory – 33 % higher than the competition – and maximum power consumption of 235 watts, AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs provide supercomputers with massive compute performance while maximizing available power budgets.

AMD FirePro S9150 v1

“Today’s supercomputers feature an increasing mix of GPUs, CPUs and co-processors to achieve great performance, and many of them are being implemented in an environmentally responsible manner to help reduce power and water consumption,” said David Cummings, senior director and general manager, professional graphics, AMD. “Designed for large scale multi-GPU support and unmatched compute performance, AMD FirePro S9150 ushers in a new era of supercomputing. Its memory configuration, compute capabilities and performance per watt are unmatched in its class, and can help take supercomputers to the next level of performance and energy efficiency.”

“Having developed a supercomputer that ranked number two on The Green500 list, it takes exceptional compute performance and efficiency to achieve that status — we couldn’t have done it without AMD FirePro S-Series server GPUs,” said Professor Dr. Volker Lindenstruth, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt. “We’ve been putting the AMD FirePro S9150 through its paces and we’re blown away by the performance-per-watt. Any supercomputer that leverages massive compute power with the AMD FirePro S9150 and makes a run for the top of the Green500 list stands a very good chance of succeeding.”

“We’re currently testing the AMD FirePro™ S9150 server card and hands down it’s the fastest HPC GPU accelerator we’ve ever tested. We’re even more excited by the prospects of combining its raw compute performance with OpenCL 2.0 later this year,” said Simon McIntosh-Smith, head of the Microelectronics Research Group at the University of Bristol. “Our research benefits from an open and royalty-free API, and we’re committed to OpenCL™ to accelerate our computations. We applaud AMD’s planned support for OpenCL 2.0. New features such as Shared Virtual Memory and Nested Parallelism will allow us to make even better use of GPUs to increase performance and efficiency.”

The specifications of the AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU

  • 5.07 TFLOPS of peak single-precision floating point performance – up to 18 percent more than the competition¹
  • Maximum double-precision floating point performance resulting in 2.53 TFLOPS peak double-precision compute performance – half of its peak single precision performance.
  • Industry leading memory configuration – 16GB GDDR5 memory, 512-bit memory interface and up to 320 GB/s memory bandwidth
  • 2,816 stream processors (44 GCN compute units)
  • Error Correcting Code Memory support (external)
  • Ready to support OpenCL™ 2.04
  • 235W maximum power consumption
  • AMD STREAM technology5

The AMD FirePro S9050 server GPU features:

  • 12GB GDDR5 memory, 384-bit memory interface and up to 264 GB/s memory bandwidth
  • 1,792 stream processors (28 GCN compute units)
  • OpenCL 1.2 support
  • Error Correcting Code Memory support (internal and external)
  • 225W maximum power consumption

 

Both of the AMD FirePro S9150 and S9050 server GPUs feature PCIe® x16 dual slot form factors and passive thermal solutions more compatible with server environments. Additionally, both cards support AMD STREAM technology5 which powers the ecosystem that enables AMD FirePro™ S-Series server GPUs to be used for compute intensive workflows leveraging the massively parallel processing power of AMD GPUs, and to accelerate many applications beyond just graphics.

 

 

 

 

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