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Hello, just starting in OpenCL GPGPU for Neural Nets

Question asked by vv111y on May 25, 2013

Hi,

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!

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