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It's Dead Jim - a debate about the future of the graphics API

Love them or hate them, standardised IHV agnostic(-ish) graphics APIs have changed the landscape in a mostly positive way. Yet some bear them ill will. We set out for the truth about their future fate, hoping that we can handle it.

IBM announces Cell-based QS21

31st Aug 2007 @ 20:02:00 - written by Carl Bender  
IBM announced earlier this week the introduction of the BladeCenter QS21, the newest iteration of the Cell-based QS20 blade server released last year.
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ZDNet Technical Director calls shens on latest Barcelona performance figures

4th Jul 2007 @ 12:12:00 - written by Rys  
ZDNet's Technical Director, George Ou, has called the latest round of pre-release Barcelona performance data by AMD, blatantly deceptive, cherry-picked and simply wrong.
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NVIDIA Tesla: GPU computing gets its own brand

20th Jun 2007 @ 20:30:00 - written by Rys  
Being able to witness the earnest birth of a new computing industry is a special thing. In the last few years, efforts to use programmable commodity graphics hardware for things other than graphics have gained pace, and now there's a legit multi-million dollar industry surrounding it.
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PeakStream acquired by Google

5th Jun 2007 @ 16:04:00 - written by Tim  
GPGPU middleware developer PeakStream has been acquired by Google, according to The Register. Where this leaves the GPGPU development platform is unclear, although it has stopped selling the product for the moment.
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NVIDIA releases G80-based Quadro Plex

25th Apr 2007 @ 13:01:00 - written by Arun  
NVIDIA has released the Quadro Plex VCS model IV today, which they had hinted at earlier this year during the launch of the Quadro FX 4600 and 5600, both based on the G80 architecture. Unsurprisingly, the new Quadro Plex model is actually two FX 5600 GPUs in a standalone box,…
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NVIDIA announces CUDA plugin for Matlab

16th Jul 2007 @ 14:02:00 - written by Tim  
NVIDIA has announced the release of a sample CUDA plug-in for Matlab that accelerates single-precision FFTs by up to 14x.
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NVIDIA CUDA 1.0 released

25th Jun 2007 @ 21:09:00 - written by Tim  
NVIDIA has released version 1.0 of its CUDA programming framework, with a number of new features including asynchronous kernel calls and 64-bit Linux support.
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AMD Opteron 2P workstation marketshare in decline

14th Jun 2007 @ 10:10:00 - written by Rys  
Figures released by Jon Peddie Research for Q1 this year in the workstation market hold some surprises, not least that the share for 2P workstation by AMD Opteron has fallen to levels AMD last experienced back in Q3 and Q3 2005.
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Intel on data-parallel languages and raytracing

28th May 2007 @ 21:09:00 - written by Tim  
Intel is currently researching data-parallel languages, reports EETimes. These languages would most likely be for massively parallel architectures, such as Larrabee and Terascale, putting them in direct competition with NVIDIA and AMD in the GPGPU market.
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NVIDIA to launch GPGPU brand?

2nd Apr 2007 @ 23:11:00 - written by Tim  
The Street is reporting that NVIDIA will launch a brand, similar to its GeForce and Quadro brands of cards, specifically for GPGPU apps. This follows AMD's launch of its Stream Computing line, based on its R580 chipset.
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