Excelian, the well known Financial Services technology specialist, decided this week to put the Xcelerit SDK through its paces. This company, headquartered in the UK, offers services around turn-key financial software as well as advice on grid and high performance computing. Their consultants maintain a blog on new technologies and this week tried out the Xcelerit SDK on a sample Monte-Carlo application.
Overall they gave our SDK a thumbs-up: “Is it easy to use the Xcelerit SDK? Yes it is…”. They managed to port an existing application within a few hours which is great feedback coming from the developers themselves. Their team started with a sequential Monte-Carlo application and using its execution time as a base-line, they managed to achieve a 9x speedup with just CPUs (8 cores) and a blistering 92x speedup with the help of 2 GPUs. Once again, their rating on performance was very positive: “Does it improve performance? Yes it does especially when GPU kicks in!”
Being interested in a cluster environment, they also tried integrating the Xcelerit SDK with IBM Platform Symphony and we were pleased to see that they found the process “relatively straightforward”. Everyone here at Xcelerit was delighted to hear about their positive experience and we hope we now have gained another important supporter in this influential organization.