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Appeared on: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Nvidia Releases $5000 GPU Starter DevKit

Nvidia has released the GPU Starter DevKit with OpenACC, a personal supercomputer purpose-built for developers looking for a fast on-ramp to GPU computing.

The kit includes a Linux workstation with Intel Xeon-class CPU, pre-configured workstation ready for GPU Computing. It includes PGI Accelerator Workstation Fortran/C/C++ compilers with OpenACC - perpetual license with 1yr support and an NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU accelerator backed by a 3yr warranty.

The GPU Starter DevKit helps developers accelerate the performance of their C/C++/Fortran applications with GPUs. It is powered by the NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU accelerator and the PGI OpenACC compiler, making it easy for developers to begin to begin accelerating their code using the directives-based OpenACC parallel programming standard.

OpenACC is similar to OpenMP. After identifying the areas of the code to accelerate. developers should provide "hints" to the compiler without modifying or adapting the underlying code. OpenACC also helps developers get acceleration for large legacy codes, and gives them the portability to run their code on various accelerators.

Nvidia is offering the Starter DevKit for under $5,000, saying that it's "a significant discount off the cost of the workstation."




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