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SiSoftware GPGPU Benchmarks Released

London, UK, 20th April 2009 - SiSoftware releases Sandra 2009 SP3 with support for the latest GPGPU video drivers.

London, UK, September 1, 2008 - SiSoftware releases its suite of GPGPU (General Purpose Graphics Processor Unit) benchmarks as part of the SiSoftware Sandra 2009, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, and networks.

At SiSoftware we are constantly looking out for new technologies with the aim to understand how those technologies can best be benchmarked and analysed. We believe that the industry is seeing a shift from the model where heavy computational workload is processed on a traditional CPU to a model that uses the GPGPU instead: in a wide range of applications developers are using the power of GPGPU to aid business analysis, games, graphics and scientific applications.

However, a computer still requires a traditional CPU and certain core features, such as operating system functionality, depend heavily upon it. We therefore see both CPU and GPGPU benchmarks to be an important part of computation and diagnostics.

GPGPUs differ from CPUs in that they draw on the power of many smaller processing units or cores. While CPUs commonly have between 2-4 cores, GPGPUs can have in excess of 300 cores. Each core works in parallel to solve a similar problem to its neighbour, be that pixel correction in a graphics package or Fast Fourier Transforms in engineering, this new highly parallel technology is looking like it is here to stay.

The SiSoftware GPGPU Benchmarks look at the two major aspects of GPGPU:

  • Firstly the computational performance, in simple terms how fast it can crunch numbers. For those familiar with Sandra they will notice that it follows the same style as the CPU Multi-Media benchmark taking the Mandelbrot as its workload. Using the same workload allows the user to see the power of the GPGPU, on resolving a problem thus far exclusively performed on a CPU.

  • The second aspect benchmarked is memory performance: this analyses how fast data can be transferred to and from the GPGPU. No matter how fast the processing, ultimately the end result will be affected by memory performance.

Key features

  • 4 architectures natively supported (x86, x64/AMD64/EM64T, IA64/Itanium2, ARM)
  • 6 languages supported (English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian)
  • AMD STREAM 1.41 (Sandra 2009 SP3)
  • nVidia CUDA 2.21 (Sandra 2009 SP3)
  • OpenCL 1.01 (Sandra 2010)
  • Multi-GPGPUs supported, up to 8 in parallel.
  • Different models of GPGPUs supported or integrated GPU + dedicated GPGPU supported working together in Sandra 2009 SP3.

Notes:

1 Available as Beta at this time, performance cannot be guaranteed.

2 By special arrangement; Enterprise versions only.

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SiSoftware, founded in 1995, is one of the leading providers of computer analysis, diagnostic and benchmarking software. The flagship product, known as "SANDRA", was launched in 1997 and has become one of the most widely used products in its field. Nearly 700 worldwide IT publications, magazines and review sites use SANDRA to analyse the performance of today's computers. Over 9,000 on-line reviews of computer hardware that use SANDRA are catalogued on our website alone.

Since launch, SiSoftware has always been at the forefront of the technology arena, being among the first providers of benchmarks that show the power of emerging new technologies such as multi-core, GPGPU, OpenCL, DirectCompute, x64, ARM, MIPS, NUMA, SMT (Hyper-Threading), SMP (multi-threading), AVX3, AVX2, AVX, FMA4, FMA, NEON, SSE4.2, SSE4.1, SSSE3, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, Java and .NET.

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