by Linda Barney

In his talk to a packed crowd at SC09 today, Jeffrey Vetter (Oakridge National Labs researcher and professor at Georgia Tech) described the upcoming Keeneland system. The Keeneland Project is a grant awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the deployment of an experimental high performance system.

According to Vetter, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and its partners, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will acquire and deploy the Keeneland system. It will be an experimental, high-performance heterogeneous computing system consisting of HP servers integrated with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs.

Jeffrey Vetter:NVIDIA GPU Rationale
(Slide courtesy of Jeffrey Vetter, ORNL)

“In evaluating solutions for the Keeneland, we looked at a variety of experimental architectures such as GPUs and FPGAs and determined that GPUs provide a great solution. We selected NVIDIA’s Tesla GPUs to run on the Keeneland system.”

Vetter indicates that the Keeneland project team will start by developing scientific libraries and programming tools to facilitate the development of science and engineering research applications. As the system is developed, the project team will provide consulting support to researchers who wish to develop applications for the system using OpenCL or to port applications to the system. Eventually, the system will be open to other scientific researchers and may even be available to educational research work.