Dell, Nvidia Partner on Personal Supercomputers
Dell is offering Nvidia's Tesla GPU technology in three of its Precision workstations, a move it says will make supercomputing capabilities more affordable to users. Nvidia has been pushing its graphics technologies into the supercomputing space, saying its GPUs offer the same computing power as CPUs but at a much lower cost, a key issue for researchers who traditionally must fight for space on shared supercomputers that would cost millions of dollars to buy.Just days after launching a preconfigured graphics-based supercomputing cluster, Nvidia announced that it is partnering with Dell to offer workstations powered by Nvidia's Tesla GPU technology. Nvidia and Dell said May 7 that Dell is offering the Tesla C1060 GPU Computing Processor in its Precision R5400, T5500 and T7500 workstations, a move officials with both companies said creates personal supercomputing capabilities.
The Tesla C1060 chip is based on Nvidia's CUDA massively parallel architecture, and is designed to bring supercomputing capabilities to users who normally would not have easy access to such computing power, officials said.