New Nvidia chip is a supercomputer

New Nvidia Chip Steps Closer to Supercomputing in the PC

A new breed of consumer-oriented graphics chips have roughly the brute computing processing power of the world’s fastest computing system of just seven years ago.

Companies have said that the line between such chips and conventional microprocessors is beginning to blur. For example, the new Nvidia chip will handle physics computations that are performed by Sony’s Cell microprocessor in the company’s forthcoming PlayStation 3 console. The new Nvidia chip will have 128 processors intended for specific functions, including displaying high-resolution video.

That convergence was emphasized earlier this year when an annual competition sponsored by Microsoft’s research labs to determine the fastest sorting algorithm was won this year by a team that used a G.P.U. instead of a traditional microprocessor.

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