- LATEST NEWS: December 2011: GTC Asia 2011 - the NVIDIA organised GPU Technology Conference 2011 will take place at the China National Convention Center opposite to NAOC. R. Spurzem has been invited to speak at GTC Asia 2011. http://www.gputechconf.cn/page/participate-en.html
- NEWS: November 2011: New Book on Multi-Scale Methods in Physics to appear with 20 page article of our teams on astrophysical GPU computing in China (Rainer Spurzem et al., Accelerated Many-Core GPU Computing for physics and astrophysics on three continents, preprint copy available here)
- June 2011: PRACE Award for Silk Road Project Team, using large GPU clusters in China, US and Germany, see ICCS pages and direct press release text at NAOC.
- January 2011: 2nd ICCS Lecture and Workshop on GPU computing and tutorials by Wen-Mei Hwu in Berkeley; Note that all lectures and science talks are online now!
- September 2010: Chinese Academy of Sciences presents a topical session at the GPU Technology Conference. See direct link for the paper.
- November 2009: New GPU supercomputer at NAOC installed and in commissioning phase. 11 racks containing 85+1 nodes, 170 GPU's, 96 port Infiniband Switch, 170 GPU's, 171 Intel CPUs with a total of 1368 threads running. Inofficial linear algebra benchmark of partial system close to 50 Teraflop/s. More data to follow here... see some pictures . (Picture Explanations: Cabinets lining up in computer room, control monitor with ganglia, backside of Infiniband switch, Gig-Ethernet switch, preliminary performance monitor on 168 GPUs, ganglia reporting 1368 cores/threads).
- October 2009: NVIDIA CUDA Excellence Centres : NVIDIA Recognizes Chinese Academy of Sciences and Tsinghua University as CUDA Centers of Excellence for their commitment to furthering GPU Computing research and their teaching of parallel programming courses based on the CUDA architecture. The inauguration took place Oct. 27, 2009, at the Institute of Process Engineering of Chinese Academy of Sciences , with talks by Jen-Hsun Huang , co-founder and chief executive officer of NVIDIA , Bill Dally , chief scientist of NVIDIA. See press releases at 1 and 2 .
- December 2009: Workshop Accelerator-based Computing and Manycore (Manycore and Accelerator-based Computing for Physics and Astronomy Applications), jointly organised by Hemant Shukla and John Shalf (LBL/NERSC) , Tom Abel (KIPAC/Stanford) with Rainer Spurzem (NAOC/KIAA Beijing, China), at Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) . In this workshop future transcontinental cooperation on software and hardware issues for novel many-core systems will be prepared, in which the Silk Road Project in Beijing and the GRACE project in Heidelberg will play an important role.
- September 2009: Rainer Spurzem appointed special visiting professor of Chinese Academy of Sciences, at National Astronomical Observatories of China , to build a computational astrophysics group and supervise the design and operation of a special accelerated supercomputer with 170 Tesla GPU's at NAOC (joint appointment with Kavli Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics of at Peking University, China . The project is called the Silk Road Project . In this project also FPGA based accelerator cards MPRACE will be used and further explored as a spin-off of the GRACE project .
- June 2009: Silk Road Project presented at invited talk of Rainer Spurzem during the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg in June 2009, titled Accelerating Astrophysical Particle Simulations with Programmable Hardware (FPGA & GPU) .
- March 2009: Peter Berczik obtained record benchmark of sustained 25 Teraflop/s for a single five million body direct N-body simulation on 100 Tesla graphical processing units (GPU) on the GPU clusters of the Institute of Process Engineering IPE of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing in March 2009. The IPE is operating of order 1000 GPU cards with a cumulated peak speed of 1 Petaflop/s. It's hardware is the prototype for similar clusters to be opened at other CAS institutions (see top news). See preliminary plot (this work is in collaboration with Keigo Nitadori and Tsuyoshi Hamada , and also partly shows results obtained from the kolob frontier kolob frontier GPU cluster see below.
- November 2008: Kolob - First Supercomputer based on Graphical Processing Units at Heidelberg University (see University of Heidelberg Press Notice ); The project is funded by the University of Heidelberg Excellence Scheme , in collaboration with Ralf Klessen , Robi Banerjee (ITA) and Reiner Männer , Andreas Kugel , Guillermo Marcus (ZITI) . Graphic cards (=GPU: graphical processing units) offer a huge power for parallel computing tasks, which accelerates traditional processors, as they are used in standard PCs.
- May 2008: Rhein-Neckar TV: Foundation of ZITI at Univ. of Heidelberg campus TV May 15, 2008
- April 2008: The new FPGA Board MPRACE-2 Hardware Testing Phase begins with the goal to use the new faster FPGA hardware for simulations in the GRACE project.
- April 2008: Gravitational Waves visualized from Black Hole Merger (avi-File 95 MB) (produced by I. Berentzen et al. in the GRACE project at Univ. of Heidelberg's titan cluster)
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