Fundamental Sciences and Engineering Applications
For the fundamental and engineering sciences, we will examine such applications as oil discovery, climate modeling, chemical bonding and flight control systems. We know that these types of applications are often more regular in nature or embarrassingly parallel. Because of this fact, we might consider in our analysis GPUs and vector processors which perform particularly well when it comes to workloads that exhibit data level parallelism. GPU design and development has largely been driven by the multi-billion dollar gaming industry, and GPUs are becoming more and more prevalent as an energy efficient computing solution. For example, Repsol has already turned to off-the-shelf components based on the IBM processor designed for the Sony Playstation to out-crunch the data of their rivals. GPUs are also being extended to other to other domains including supercomputing and data centers where Big Data comes into play. As Europe is strong in the area of energy efficient computing research which has already begun exploring the potential of GPUs, we will examine how EU businesses might better utilize GPUs among other new technologies in the context of Big Data to improve upon the problem of velocity.