“Nvidia pitches its Tesla hardware as a magical solution for the world’s toughest computing problems. Just move your code that runs well across many processors over to the Tesla boards, and Shazam!. You enjoy sometimes 400 per cent improvements in overall performance. Despite such mind-blowing increases in horsepower, Tesla continues to occupy a space that one could characterize as ultra-niche. Only the brave few have navigated Nvidia’s CUDA programming apparatus to tweak their code for the general purpose graphics processors inside of the Tesla systems. That ultra-niche, however, may grow into a niche over the coming year thanks to the introduction of more powerful Tesla systems.”
Nvidia Blows Out Moore’s Law with Fresh Tesla
2008-06-17 3D 2 Comments
The latest Mac OS X version, snow leopard, has build-in support for GPU utilization. This nVidia card, although it is interesting only for a niche, could be a predecessor of more mainstream co-processor like hardware that will be present in mainstream hardware.