General Purpose Computing on GPU sometime after 2010

An executive from Advanced Micro Devices said that while both ATI, graphics product group of AMD, as well as Nvidia Corp. have been talking about general purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPGPU) for years, the capability will only become popular sometime after 2010, when more advanced compilers become available and after Microsoft releases its DirectX 11 in 2009.

Even though graphics processing units (GPUs) pack much more computing power than traditional central processing units (CPUs), in order to take advantage that performance, software must be specifically tailored for GPUs. As a result, only some programs can benefit from increased processing horse power of GPUs now due to the virtual absence of tools that help software developers to create programs that rely on GPUs. However, this is going to change in three years, said Giuseppe Amato, sales & marketing technical director at AMD in EMEA region. In fact, besides tools that help to develop GPGPU software, the world's second largest maker of x86 processors also expects the emerge of special real-time compilers (akin to those used in drivers for GPUs nowadays) that will be able to choose whether to compute on a CPU or a GPU cores.

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Sumeet said,
What about a Vibrant 3-D BSOD? Why leave it blue? Cant it be multi-coloured now?

That's what Vista's Areo Glass desktop is for.

Croquant said,

That's what Vista's Areo Glass desktop is for. :laugh:

And once again the bashers come out - this time it's in a thread about computing technology.

Go back to your legos.

TruckWEB said,
If Intel can go to 45nm with their CPU, what is stoping nVidia or ATI to do the same with GPU ??

Cost.. which is why AMD still hasn't

neufuse said,

Cost.. which is why AMD still hasn't

What is cost? In the world of Start Trek, we work hard to improve ourselves. (no need for money)

WHEN is this gonna happen???? What's wrong with humanity????

Izlude said,
What is cost? In the world of Start Trek, we work hard to improve ourselves. (no need for money)

WHEN is this gonna happen???? What's wrong with humanity????

???

Izlude said,

What is cost? In the world of Start Trek, we work hard to improve ourselves. (no need for money)

WHEN is this gonna happen???? What's wrong with humanity????

it costs a LOT and I mean a LOT of money to make a whoel new fab system for a smaller structure like 45nm... Intel put over a billion into their 45nm fab

Its all about energy consumption and heat 2 factors that both ati and NVIDIA its failling in those aspects they are just making the prescott of GPU with every new release, they seriously need to optimize their GPU to give performance without taking too much energy and emitting too much heat.

LOL Nvidia hasn't simply been talking about it - They made Tesla a reality. I guess ATI is gonna ride the GPGPU Wave till Nvidia makes it popular and then release their similar solutions - At least that way AMD can afford to put R&D into Barcelona :P