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Acceleware Announces Acceleration of Matrix Methods up to 20X Faster

June 18, 2008
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Acceleware® Corp. (TSXV: AXE), a leading developer of high performance computing solutions, today announced acceleration of matrix equation solvers found in simulation and data processing software commonly used for scientific and industrial applications. These new methods significantly extend the problem solving capability of the Acceleware Platform, allowing a broad new range of application providers the opportunity to deliver the compelling performance of multi-core and hardware accelerators to their technical computing customers. With matrix methods added into the Acceleware Platform, end users of these advanced techniques can benefit by solving their linear equation problems up to 20X faster.

“The technical computing market has experienced explosive growth over the last four years at 20% a year, and is expected to continue in a high growth mode. Users running multi-physic codes, electromagnetic, mechanical, fluid dynamics, EDA and oil/gas codes are driving this growth and require major speed-ups on their applications to gain a competitive advantage. At the same time, processors and systems are becoming more complex, making it harder to obtain the required speed-ups. Linear solvers are used ubiquitously in scientific and industry applications, simulation, and data processing, so speed-ups in this area directly helps end-users, providing faster time-to-market and increased scientific insights,” commented Earl C. Joseph, PhD. Program Vice President, High-Performance Computing at IDC.

Acceleware’s matrix equation solver technology will be applicable for users of various electronic design automation, mechanical, fluid dynamics, microwave, photonics, signal integrity/power integrity tools and integrated circuit software tools, significantly reducing the simulation time in their design flow. This allows semiconductor, wireless handset, and consumer and industrial product manufacturers to bring higher-performance, feature-rich products to market sooner, giving them a competitive edge and transforming the way they solve problems. Oil and gas companies also use matrix methods to solve larger, more complicated reservoir simulations and to help pin-point new oil reserves faster, and with higher resolution.

”This announcement allows new customers in multiple markets to apply hardware acceleration, bringing supercomputing capacities to their most difficult matrix based problems. Evolving the Acceleware Platform is a critical step that delivers on our business strategy and the needs of our vertical markets to ensure our customers receive leading-edge technology,” stated Sean Krakiwsky, CEO for Acceleware. “We expect that existing partners in our well-established design automation vertical will adopt this capability first, followed by our oil and gas partners.”

“Reducing the solution time of linear systems could provide CST with significant performance improvements to our Frequency Domain Solver”, said Dr. Irina Munteanu, Manager Strategic Projects & Cooperations for CST. “We are committed to delivering a competitive advantage to our customers through performance, features and competitive solutions.”

"Our reservoir modelling requires intensive computer simulations, and are extremely complex. As such, run times are an issue for us. We are always looking for ways to improve our modelling performance, and are interested in any technology that can help in this regard," said Ian Atkinson, VP Geoscience, Technology & Reservoir, Athabasca Oil Sands Corp.

By developing this matrix equation solver technology, which is based on NVIDIA’s CUDA C-language development environment, the reach of the Acceleware Platform extends into new markets, adding incremental value to existing users of Acceleware solutions. Acceleware’s latest capability speeds up large, sparse linear equation computational algorithms by up to 20X.

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