IT & Network Infrastructure : Eight Ways Nvidia, AMD and Other GPUs Boost HPC
Graphic processing units are finding a greater mainstream computing role, thanks in large part to the efforts of Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices in promoting the technology for general-purpose computing. GPUs from these vendors and others are cropping up in coprocessing roles in workstations from the likes of Dell and Hewlett-Packard, as well as HPC (high-performance computing) offerings from vendors such as Appro and Verari Systems. The benefits of GPUs, from their ability to run such tasks as video applications to the fact that they can hold significantly more processing cores than CPUs, dovetail with the increased demand from consumers and businesses for better performance around such diverse workloads as video, gaming and math-intensive applications. Officials with AMD, which bought ATI for $5.4 billion in 2006, announced in May that they were merging their processor and graphics businesses. Intel also is increasing the graphics capabilities of its processor technologies. AMD gained ground on market leader Nvidia in the second quarter, thanks to its Radeon graphics cards, which were released in 2008.