[Beowulf] Re: GPU boards and cluster servers

Bruno Coutinho coutinho at dcc.ufmg.br
Thu Sep 11 09:55:29 PDT 2008

2008/9/11 Gus Correa <gus at ldeo.columbia.edu>

> Hi Jon and list
> I am trying to work on a similar project here.
> With tight funding, I had to go convince the director to buy one NVidia
> GeForce 9800 GTX
> (512MB memory) for testing.
> The card cost about $200 (before taxes). You may find better prices on
> Newegg and other places.
> If your budget is tighter than this, you may buy an GeForce 8800 GT for
> less, and still do useful work.
> Beware of the  number of processors and the "compute capability" (see
> below) of the card you buy.
> They vary even within a same card series (8800 has a lot of different
> models).
I recommend the Geforce gtx 260. I costs $300, but it has compute capability
This adds double support, and allows you make coalesced memory access much
more easily (see section of cuda manual).
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