NVIDIA claims Fermi could run highly optimized Linux

Posted on Tuesday, Oct 13 2009 @ 16:22 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Tony Tamasi, NVIDIA Senior VP for Content and Technology, told FUD Zilla that the upcoming Fermi GPU is capable of running an operating system. Tamasi suggested a heavily optimized version of Linux could potentially run on Fermi.
Don’t get all that excited you cannot really run Windows on Fermi GT300-based GPU, but if you would make a heavily optimised Linux it could potentially run on Fermi. So tweakers, this will be a fun task for you.

This answer the question what is going on with Nvidia’s CPU as Fermi is a GPU that starts to get a lot of interesting features of a CPU which will surely help it in the computing world. Fermi won't replace a CPU as “you will need a CPU to run an OS” and this is what Jensen said more than once at Nvidia's GPU technology conference.


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