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Accelerating Mathematica with ClearSpeed

Simon McIntosh-Smith
Organization: ClearSpeed Technology
Department: VP of Applications

2005 Wolfram Technology Conference
Conference location

Champaign IL

ClearSpeed Technology has developed a new processor, the CSX600, which when used as a co-processor in a standard PC, server, or workstation, massively accelerates standard math libraries, such as BLAS, LAPACK, and certain FFT routines. Mathematica makes heavy use of these standard libraries. ClearSpeed provides the CSX600 on add-in cards, called ClearSpeed CSX600 ADVANCE cards, which when installed in a PC or serverís standard expansion slots, can accelerate the evaluation time of linear algebra-dominated notebooks by up to 10X per card. Multiple ADVANCE cards can be installed in a system for large problems, enabling workstations or servers to sustain hundreds of gigaflops (GFLOPS) of performance on a problem, compared to the 5-6 GFLOPS of an unnaccelerated system. No changes to Mathematica or the userís code are required to take advantage of this acceleration.

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