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I think the details of this news are quite interesting.

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AMD GPUOpen Fuels Seismic Supercomputing Efforts for Geoscience Leader CGG with Open Source Software and AMD FirePro GPUs


AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced that CGG, a pioneering global geophysical services and equipment company, has deployed AMD FirePro™ S9150 server GPUs to accelerate its geoscience oil and gas research efforts, harnessing more than 1 PetaFLOPS of GPU processing power. Employing AMD’s HPC GPU Computing software tools available on GPUOpen.com, CGG rapidly converted its in-house Nvidia CUDA code to OpenCL™ for seismic data processing running on an AMD FirePro™ S9150 GPU production cluster, enabling fast, cost-effective GPU-powered research.

“The installation of the large AMD GPU production cluster at CGG is a great example of how AMD’s technology prowess in both HPC GPU hardware and in open source software tools combined to deliver incredible results,” said Brian Reeves, senior director, product management, AMD Professional Graphics. “Energy research is a demanding and time-intensive task that stands to realize significant benefits from the use of GPU computation. GPUOpen software tools coupled with AMD FirePro S-series hardware enables an efficient and cost-effective solution for rapid data processing that can drive tremendous competitive advantage.”

“We are very pleased with the innovative collaboration between CGG and AMD especially in the efficiency of converting CUDA to OpenCL as a dynamic solution for processing data,” said Jean-Yves Blanc, chief IT architect, CGG. “Our research depends on the reliable and precise results delivered by the AMD FirePro S9150 GPU production cluster – the performance per watt plus the large GPU memory support was especially beneficial. We look forward to working with the Radeon™ Open Compute runtime, driver and tools to bring new capabilities to geophysical software which is an integral part of our company’s geoscience solutions for oil and gas projects.”

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Not long ago I think we read about AMD's intentions to provide a way to convert CUDA code into OpenCL. It looks like things are paying off for AMD, maybe the situation on the HPC market will change.
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At least a few good news over all the doom and gloom surrounding them. smile.gif
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Finally they are getting in there again.
They have been pushed out pretty brutally in the last 2 years with the xeon phi and tesla cards.
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sweet, this is something they can actually flaunt around.
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Agree, this could be huge for them. 1 Peta flop is on the "small side" with these supercomputers, but regardless having a win of this size on the market will be huge for them.

Regardless of how much they cut the price to secure this deal, or how much effort went into the conversion process, it will be worth it for them to have a success story of this magnitude on this generation of hardware.

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Yes. Excellent news for Team Red. But then again i'm a fan since i switched sides.
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Thats more than 2000 units. If one costs 10000$.... over 2 million $ with just 1 deal.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ku4eto View Post

Thats more than 2000 units. If one costs 10000$.... over 2 million $ with just 1 deal.

That's not how volume pricing works rolleyes.gif
   
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xioros View Post

That's not how volume pricing works rolleyes.gif
One costs 3300$ on Amazon. Considering that its ~2000 units, they will sell them probably for 2500$ piece. That still makes it 500,000$. And when you add software and hardware support contracts, it easily beats those money in a single year.
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One of the most important details here is that CGG was using Nvidia GPUs before and their code was mostly based on CUDA.
That is the major win for AMD because this means that their chances on the HPC market have changed.
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