NVIDIA hold hands with Arm and tech leaders on GPU-accelerated servers

NVIDIA’s new reference design platform enables companies to build GPU-accelerated Arm servers for running a broad range of applications, from hyperscale-cloud to exascale supercomputing and beyond.

NVIDIA has teamed up with Arm and a host of tech leaders to introduce a reference design platform for enterprises to quickly build GPU-accelerated Arm-based servers.The reference design platform consists of hardware and software building blocks.

Among the leading tech companies partnering this platform are Arm, Ampere, Cray, Fujitsu, HPE, Marvell, and a wide range of high performance computing (HPC) software companies that used NVIDIA CUDA-X libraries to build GPU-enabled management and monitoring tools that run on Arm-based servers.

“Breakthroughs in machine learning and AI are redefining scientific methods and enabling exciting opportunities for new architectures. Bringing NVIDIA GPUs to Arm opens the floodgates for innovators to create systems for growing new applications from hyperscale-cloud to exascale supercomputing and beyond,” said Jensen Huang, CEO of NVIDIA at SC19, which is taking place in Denver.

“Collaborating with NVIDIA to bring CUDA acceleration to the Arm architecture is a key milestone for the HPC community, which is already deploying Arm technology to address some of the world’s most complex research challenges and driving further advances in the embedded, automotive and edge segments,” said Rene Haas, President of the IP Products Group at Arm.

In addition to making its software compatible with Arm, NVIDIA is working closely with its broad ecosystem of developers to bring GPU acceleration to Arm for HPC applications such as GROMACS, LAMMPS, MILC, NAMD, Quantum Espresso, and Relion. NVIDIA and its HPC-application ecosystem partners have compiled extensive code to bring GPU acceleration to their applications on the Arm platform.

To enable the Arm ecosystem, NVIDIA collaborated with Linux distributors Canonical, Red Hat, and SUSE, as well as the industry’s leading providers of essential HPC tools.

World-leading supercomputing centres have begun testing GPU-accelerated Arm-based computing systems. This includes Oak Ridge and Sandia National Laboratories in the United States; the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom; and Riken in Japan.