Hinnerup Net A/S presentation at NVIDIA GTC 2012

 Photo by NVIDIA (flickr.com)

At the NIVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California 13th to 17th of May 2012, Michael S. Fosgerau from Hinnerup Net A/S and Henrik Høj Madsen from LEGO presented a session about a number of development challenges and learnings from developing a scalable and distributed GPGPU 3D optimization and rendering system (link no longer works – new link here)for LEGO.

The system consists of 16 blade servers of the type NVIDIA Optiplex 2200 S4, each containing four NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 GPUs, summing up to a total of:

  • 64 Quadro FX 5800 GPUs
  • 256 Gb GPU memory
  • 15360 CUDA cores

We participated the full conference and have returned home with new ideas, inspiration and knowledge for future projects within the field of GPGPU and massive parallel computing.

Graphic cards are not just for games and fancy effects. Vast computational power hides away in many modern GPU cards. During the conference, NVIDIA launched their new flag ship model, the GTX 690 card that contains two Kepler GPUs with a shared computational power of 2 x 2,810.88 GFLOPS (FMA), or approx. 5.6 TFLOPS. This was just recently what could be squeezed out of a supercomputer (around year 2000). You can see the entire key note by NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang here: Opening day key note, GTC 2012.

A detailed article about the presentation kan be read on NVIDIA’s blog.

Slides from the presentation will be made public on the NIVIDIA website. When this happens we will update this blog post with links to the slides.