[Beowulf] DARPA issues 20 MUSD grant to nVidia to go from 1 GFLOPS/Watt to 75 GFLOPS/Watt

Prentice Bisbal prentice.bisbal at rutgers.edu
Wed Dec 19 07:06:32 PST 2012


On 12/19/2012 12:21 AM, Lux, Jim (337C) wrote:
>
> On 12/18/12 8:29 AM, "Vincent Diepeveen"<diep at xs4all.nl>  wrote:
>
>> On Dec 18, 2012, at 5:16 PM, Lux, Jim (337C) wrote:
>>
>>>>> 7 nm gives a factor 16 boost over 28 nm, in theory. So the
>>>>> derived truth from the article points me to double precision.
>>> I don't think there's a heck of a lot of "truth" to be derived from
>>> that short article. The DARPA MTO site gives more meaningful
>>> details on what they're looking for.
>> Just like you I doubt that's the real reason for the grant.
>>
>> To me it seems like that Nvidia promises something to DARPA but it
>> isn't clear to me what Nvidia has to give back.
> I imagine they have periodic reports, if nothing else
>
>> Only when we would see the signed contracts we know - and i bet those
>> are locked away.
> Nope.. Procurement documents and contracts are publicly available. They're
> posted on some website, but I don't remember where.
>> In the meantime they just post around bla bla stories, the usual way
>> in how army guys work...
> DARPA is fairly straighforward in their stuff.. At least as long as it's
> not classified.
>

Vincent,

I find it ironic that you are using the Internet to criticize DARPA, 
considering the Internet was created by DARPA, and was no doubt 
developed through similar DARPA grants to other technology companies. 
And the Internet would have never taken off if DARPA hadn't been open 
about the technology so that others could connect to the Internet and 
extend and evolve the technology.


--
Prentice


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