[Beowulf] Nvidia FERMI/gt300 GPU

Kilian CAVALOTTI kilian.cavalotti.work at gmail.com
Fri Oct 2 00:19:14 PDT 2009

On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 10:08 PM, Bill Broadley <bill at cse.ucdavis.edu> wrote:
> No time line or price, but it sounds like a rather interesting GPU for CUDA
> and OpenCL.

Not only CUDA and OpenCL, but also DirectX, DirectCompute, C++, and
Fortran. From a programmer's point of view, it could be a major
improvement, and the only thing which still kept people from using
GPUs to run their code.

On a side note, it's funny to notice that this is probably the first
GPU in history to be introduced by its manufacturer as a
"supercomputer on a chip", rather than a graphics engine which will
allow gamers to play their favorite RPS at never-reached resolutions
and framerates. Reading some reviews, it seemed that the traditional
audience of such events (gamers) were quite disappointed by not really
seeing what the announcements could mean to them.
After all, HPC is still a niche compared to the worldwide video games
market, and it's impressive that NVIDIA decided to focus on this tiny
fraction of its prospective buyers, rather than go for the usual
my-vertex-pipeline-is-longer-than-yours. :)


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