On Mon, 2011-09-19 at 10:36 -0400, Greg Smith wrote:
> On 09/19/2011 10:12 AM, Greg Stark wrote:
> > With the GPU I'm curious to see how well
> > it handles multiple processes contending for resources, it might be a
> > flashy feature that gets lots of attention but might not really be
> > very useful in practice. But it would be very interesting to see.
> >    
> The main problem here is that the sort of hardware commonly used for 
> production database servers doesn't have any serious enough GPU to 
> support CUDA/OpenCL available.  The very clear trend now is that all 
> systems other than gaming ones ship with motherboard graphics chipsets 
> more than powerful enough for any task but that.  I just checked the 5 
> most popular configurations of server I see my customers deploy 
> PostgreSQL onto (a mix of Dell and HP units), and you don't get a 
> serious GPU from any of them.
> Intel's next generation Ivy Bridge chipset, expected for the spring of 
> 2012, is going to add support for OpenCL to the built-in motherboard 
> GPU.  We may eventually see that trickle into the server hardware side 
> of things too.
> I've never seen a PostgreSQL server capable of running CUDA, and I don't 
> expect that to change.

CUDA sorting could be beneficial on general server hardware if it can
run well on multiple cpus in parallel. GPU-s being in essence parallel
processors on fast shared memory, it may be that even on ordinary RAM
and lots of CPUs some CUDA algorithms are a significant win.

and then there is non-graphics GPU availabe on EC2 

  Cluster GPU Quadruple Extra Large Instance

  22 GB of memory
  33.5 EC2 Compute Units (2 x Intel Xeon X5570, quad-core “Nehalem”
  2 x NVIDIA Tesla “Fermi” M2050 GPUs
  1690 GB of instance storage
  64-bit platform
  I/O Performance: Very High (10 Gigabit Ethernet)
  API name: cg1.4xlarge

It costs $2.10 per hour, probably a lot less if you use the Spot

> -- 
> Greg Smith   2ndQuadrant US    g...@2ndquadrant.com   Baltimore, MD
> PostgreSQL Training, Services, and 24x7 Support  www.2ndQuadrant.us

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