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GeForce FX 5900 Ultra outperforming all current desktop processors

Posted on Tuesday, December 23 2003 @ 01:03:31 CET by

Mm I've already heard a few months ago that it would be interesting to let the graphics card his GPU do some of the work of the CPU, and now I found this interesting story:
BrookGPU is a compiler and runtime system that provides an easy, C-like programming environment (read: No GPU programming experience needed) for today's GPUs. A shader program running on the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra achieves over 20 GFLOPS, roughly equivalent to a 10 GHz Pentium 4. Combine this with the increased memory bandwidth, 25.3 GB/sec peak compared to the Pentium 4's 5.96 GB/sec peak, and you've got a seriously fast compute engine but programming them has been a real pain. BrookGPU adds simple data parallel language additions to C which allow programmers to specify certain parts of their code to run on the GPU. The compiler and runtime takes care of the rest
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