GPU computing at Boston University
Prof. Barba, together with Profs. Richard Brower and Claudio Rebbi, funded the first GPU cluster in BU named 'bungee', with a grant from the National Science Foundation.
The researchers had the inspired goal of reaching out to other computing-intensive groups, and opened access to the facility. They organized two "GPU@BU" workshops and CUDA tutorials and a community gelled. This played a role in the most recent event: the donation of 160 GPUs, valued at $320k, by HP. This donated equipment will be installed in a new cluster bought with funds from IS&T and the CCS. The new system, to be known as 'budge', will be the largest academic GPU cluster in the East Coast when it comes online in Spring 2013.
- College of Engineering news "Boston University Engineers and Scientists Gain Top-Tier Computing Power"
- College of Arts and Sciences news "BU to Launch the East Coast's Largest GPU Cluster"
- "GPU@BU—GPU computing at Boston University", L. A. Barba. (29 November 2012). 10.6084/m9.figshare.98875
A short history of GPU computing at Boston University, made into a handout for the BU booth at the Supercomputing Conference, Salt Lake City, November 2012. Published on figshare under CC-BY.