Putting the GPU in HPC


The combined effect of impressive processing capabilities together with a reduction in power consumption and cost has been the main driver behind the rapid increase in the use of graphics processing units for scientific computing over the last few years. Hardware vendors have fine-tuned their marketing pitches to emphasize the power of high-performance computing that one or two graphics cards can bring to the desktop. Recently, though, a discernable shift has taken place — GPUs are coming to HPC.

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