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Monday, February 19, 2007

A Supercomputer in your PC?

According to Betanews, Nvidia has just released the first public beta of its CUDA development kit, an application developed to take advantage of a video card processing power to transform any system into a super number-crunching machine. Unfortunately, it appears that the software will only compatible with Nvidia's 8800 series of graphic cards, so if you are a developer and want to try this out, you'll have to shell out at least $600.

NVidia's objective is to exploit an untapped reservoir on users' desktops and notebooks. While multi-core architecture has driven parallelism in computing into the mainstream, multi-pipeline architecture should theoretically catapult it into the stratosphere. But applications today are naturally written to be executed by the CPU, so any GPU-driven parallelism that's going to happen in programming must be evangelized first.

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  • NVidia is always coming out with great stuff. This just goes to show they are going to give ATI yet another run for their money. However, I still prefer ATI any day of the week.

    By Anonymous Bryan, at 10:22 AM  

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