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Purpose of GPU Hosting other than mining?
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Purpose of GPU Hosting other than mining?

randvegetarandvegeta Member, Host Rep

What do people do with GPUs on servers other than mining? Is there an actual market for dedicated (or VPS) server with GPUs?

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  • MasonRMasonR Member, Community Contributor

    Machine Learning algorithms, video encoding, image processing, number crunching, testing opencv/opencl apps, etc.

    There's uses for it. Not many, but there are some. I doubt anyone would rent a GPU dedi to mine with though. The return just isn't there.

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  • AidanAidan Member
    edited February 2018

    randvegeta said: Is there an actual market for dedicated

    Massive, though it's hard to get into.

    Personally, I've only dealt with GPU-accelerated physics for engineering projects.

    Or, one of the following 545 apps:

    https://app.nvidia.com//resources/download/excel

    The use case for a GPU in a server is quite large & expanding every day.

  • We do molecular dynamics and ab initio calculations on GPU.

  • randvegetarandvegeta Member, Host Rep

    Interesting. So when all this crypto nonsense comes crashing down, will all the GPUs end up in special use case dedicated servers?

    Presumably applications suited for GPUs are highly parallelised and can benefit from multiple GPUs?

    What about mining rigs... they use these riser cards, only using a tiny number of the actual pins. Would mining rigs be easily converted to do something else?

  • Interesting. So when all this crypto nonsense comes crashing down, will all the GPUs end up in special use case dedicated servers?

    Probably not, peddling 2nd hand GPUs to large institutions is nigh impossible.

    randvegeta said: Presumably applications suited for GPUs are highly parallelised and can benefit from multiple GPUs?

    It really depends on the software, most of it can run on multiple GPUs - though older software is still limited to a single GPU/single node.

    What about mining rigs... they use these riser cards, only using a tiny number of the actual pins. Would mining rigs be easily converted to do something else?

    Mining rigs use 1x PCI2/3 risers as the calculations are compute-intense, but light on bandwidth.

    Would mining rigs be easily converted to do something else?

    I don't have nearly enough knowledge to speculate, though it'll definitely work with most medical software - though that's moot, the secondhand market will just be flooded in the event of a complete crypto collapse.

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  • randvegetarandvegeta Member, Host Rep

    Aidan said: I don't have nearly enough knowledge to speculate, though it'll definitely work with most medical software - though that's moot, the secondhand market will just be flooded in the event of a complete crypto collapse.

    Indeed. I only have a handful of GPUs (literally) so I'm not concerned about the price of resale of GPUs.

    I just read an article on the BBC about how some scientests are unable to get some high end GPUs necessary for their work due to the lack of supply as a result of insane demand from miners.

    This got me thinking about what the fallout would be in the event of a crypto collapse. Many bubbles actually have long term positive side effects. Infrastructure is normally a consequence of any bubble. By the end of the dot com boom, we ended up with a fairly robust internet which came about as a result of massive investment in network infrastructure.

    I was wondering what the crypto bubble's legacy will be. Some buildings will be laden with massive amounts of power, but I'm not sure how useful that would be. But the vast majority of crypto investment goes into mining equipment, and I'm wondering if those GPUs will have a use after the crash. And will the use-case have anything positive to offer the world? It's actually quite interesting.

    The more you can do with GPUs, the more possibilities there will be.

  • Any computation that benefits from parallelism

  • Remote Football Manager via VNC/RDP.

  • ClouviderClouvider Member, Patron Provider

    @Nekki said:
    Remote Football Manager via VNC/RDP.

    Taken already.
    http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/nvidia-grid-cloud-gaming-uk.html

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  • I love to mess around with random machine learning projects but dedicated GPU servers are just too expensive. If someone figured out how to create shared GPU servers for <$10 I would buy in a heartbeat.

    I've messed around with pay-as-you-go servers a little bit but they are not very convenient.

  • @nulldev said:
    If someone figured out how to create shared GPU servers for <$10 I would buy in a heartbeat.

    Using older hardware locally with some inexpensive older GPUs is probably your best bet for that.

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  • Programs like hashcat can make use of GPU's for password cracking!

  • deankdeank Member, Troll
    edited January 2019

    I once used my 1060 to crack a password-protected rar file. The rar file contained supposedly sensitive docs and the kid wanted 5 euro for the password.

    Took me 40ish minutes to crack.

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  • YmpkerYmpker Member
    edited January 2019

    Lots of people run runescape/other mmorpg gold bots where you need rdp + graphical interface/gpu power. So there is definitely that kinda market.

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