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NVIDIA CUDA on IBM POWER8: Technical Overview, Software Installation, and Application

An IBM Redpaper publication


Published on 30 March 2015

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IBM Form #: REDP-5169-00

Authors: Dino Quintero, Wei Li, Wainer dos Santos Moschetta, Mauricio Faria de Oliveira and Alexander Pozdneev

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    The exploitation of general-purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPUs) and modern multi-core processors in a single heterogeneous parallel system has proven highly efficient for running several technical computing workloads. This applied to a wide range of areas such as chemistry, bioinformatics, molecular biology, engineering, and big data analytics.

    Recently launched, the IBM® Power System S824L comes into play to explore the use of the NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU, combined with the latest IBM POWER8™ processor, providing a unique technology platform for high performance computing.

    This IBM Redpaper™ publication discusses the installation of the system, and the development of C/C++ and Java applications using the NVIDIA CUDA platform for IBM POWER8.

    Table of Contents

    Advantages of NVIDIA on POWER8

    The IBM Power Systems S824L server

    Software stack

    System monitoring

    Application development

    Tuning and debugging

    Application examples


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