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Re: [ossig] Anyone interested in doing some tech research?
On 01/09/2004 19:37 Mukhsein Johari said the following:
> 1. Overall goal is to be able to utilize multiple GPU
> cards in one box for compute intensive scientific
> calculations. The current areas of interest are
> physics, chemistry and engineering simulations type
> problems. As you can imagine, these use a lot of fp
> and matrix type calculations.
other than working on a compiler/runtime to interpret to the GPU
instruction set, the rest would be standard parallel processing work now
wouldn't it ? aren't projects like this (gelertner's LINDA, MPI and
other parallel proc projects) already instantiatedworldwide ? :)
> 2. To get there, researchers will have to create
> 'device drivers' and other kernel-side (as well as
> userland) infrastructure software.
i see the following:
1. dynamic runtime compiler/interpreter to convert from x86 instruction
set to GPU instruction set
2. hook into kernel to provide X number of additonal virtual CPUs
3. reuse kernel's SMP scheduling and locking mechanisms.
you may also want to take a look at FreeBSD 5.x's SMPng as it has taken
SMP into a slightly different approach wrt mutexes and locking.
> other. However, the interested individuals would be
> part of the team and you'd be surprised how much
> influence / leverage you can have in determining
having been in academia, this is not a given. it all depends on the
project leader and his aptitude to things. i was luck in the sense that
usm had a dean who was not conservative.
> 1. Indeed, almost all the gov grants I currently know
> of (running/coming to end) have this end goal in mind.
end goal, but there this is rarely met or if it is met, it's met with a
warped sense of what commercialization means.
> 2. In the U I'm attached to, researchers get the
> double-whammy of being paid to do research as well as
> have the opportunity to do their postgrad degrees.
> (yes, effectively get paid to do your postgrad without
> having to pay back a loan)
this is not abnormal. many Us do that, paying their postgrad students
under the designation Research Assistant or RA.
> OK, hopefully I've answered the questions to your (and
> others) satisfaction. I've got 2 interested
interesting, but i think i'll pass on this. experience has taught me to
never return to malaysian academia ever again. i'm quite happy being a
confused capitalist socialist bastard. :)
Regards, /\_/\ "All dogs go to heaven."
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