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Eddie can cut the time taken to compute problems by running the software in parallel, or by breaking the problem into many pieces, each of which can be run on a separate cpu in parallel. Examples of the speed improvements that researchers have realised already are in Psychiatry, where processing of brain scans from a Schizophrenia study took 28 hours instead of 469 days, and a protein structure prediction study which involved 810,000 simulations and used 1.5 CPU years of computation in less than 2 days.
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Eddie Mark 3 is the third iteration of the University's compute cluster and is available to all University of Edinburgh researchers. It consists of some 4000 Intel® Xeon® cores with up to 2 TB of memory available per compute node.
GPGPU stands for General-Purpose computation on Graphics Processing Units. CUDA is a toolkit for GPGPU written by NVIDIA. OpenCL is a new industry standard programming system for developing parallel programs that typically execute on heterogeneous computing systems. Currently we have two compute nodes, each equipped with 2 x NVIDIA Tesla K80.
Large memory jobs and shared memory programs using methods such as OpenMP (Open Multi-Processing) can make use of a range of memory offerings per node. We currently have compute nodes with 64GB, 128GB, 192GB, 256GB, 512GB, 768GB, and 2TB RAM