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Arezzo, Italy, 2012/06/19 - SECO® is pleased to announce that the NVIDIA® CUDA® on ARM Development Kit, codename CARMA DevKit, is now available to order.
SECO® is pleased to announce that the NVIDIA® CUDA® on ARM Development Kit, codename CARMA DevKit, is now available to order from seco.com/carmakit. The CARMA DevKit is designed to support the growing demand for computing initiatives around the world for all developers looking to create energy-efficient high-performance computing (HPC) solutions with ARM architecture.
The CARMA DevKit features the NVIDIA Tegra® 3 Quad-core ARM A9 CPU and the NVIDIA Quadro® 1000M GPU with 96 CUDA cores. It ships preinstalled with the latest version NVIDIA CUDA parallel programming environment to run existing CUDA applications, offering HPC developers a simple way to create CUDA applications for GPU-accelerated systems with ARM processors.
“Growing energy demands and rising costs are forcing the HPC market to find more power efficient solutions. And, customers are increasingly turning to hybrid architectures that combine ARM cores with advanced GPU accelerators,” comments Gianluca Venere, sales director of SECO. “Thanks to hybrid architectures based on ARM, it is possible to parallelize any application with at least an order of magnitude reduction in power consumption compared to x86-based architectures. The CARMA platform will help developers, researchers and solution designers build simple, economical, efficient, and scalable systems for small, medium and large-scale demands.”
“The growing energy demands of next-generation supercomputers threaten to limit the future growth of computational science,” said Ian Buck, general manager of GPU computing at NVIDIA. “The HPC community needs to invest in developing applications for ARM-based systems, which combine the world’s most energy-efficient processors with high-performance GPU accelerators. The CARMA DevKit includes a rich set of software tools that make it easy for developers to create and optimize science and engineering applications on this new platform.”
The CARMA kit is the outcome of BSC's research into energy-efficient computing solutions based on the use of embedded technology for HPC. It builds on the experience of our Tegra2 cluster, developed in the context of the PRACE-1IP project" says Alex Ramirez, group leader at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. "It is of great importance to provide access to Hybrid ARM-GPU solutions to the community, to accelerate development of system software and applications. This way, we will be ready when market solutions appear."
Scalability is one of the features that make CARMA DevKit an ideal platform for not only standalone development but also for research cluster deployments.