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Hello, just starting in OpenCL GPGPU for Neural Nets

Question asked by vv111y on May 25, 2013


I would like to make sure I'm starting on the right foot as I build my workstation and get developing. First the hardware:


- Supermicro 7046GT-TRF X8DTG-QF workstation. Last gen pcie 2.0 GPU workstations that were intended to house Nvidia's Fermi cards. 4 Slots for double wide GPU cards.


- 2X Xeon L5630.


- planned 4X Sapphire HD 7970 6GB 'Vapor-X' or 'Toxic'. I believe the extra RAM will really help with performance.

Anything I should know?


- modify for water-cooling.

Please let me know if there's anything I should know.


- Windows laptop for frontend & development. Workstation will be 'headless' - no display/keyboard/mouse. Remote desktop for managing/monitoring.


- Likely Ubuntu OS


Other Q's:

- Are there Linux tools to monitor and manage the workstation?


- Am I correct that the ideal dev environment is in Visual Studio and not Linux? I will download the Visual Studio packages.


- Also, any development supported for Mac OSX?


- Drivers !?


Thanks for the help!