Top supercomputers have been
adopting GPGPUs for years, and ARM server SoCs are starting to gain
limited traction. It’s not clear exactly when the first Project Denver
chips will ship, attacking more mainstream computing markets.
Meanwhile, Nvidia’s GTC will
showcase dozens of apps for GPGPUs from iRobot vacuum cleaners to cars
from Audi, BMW and Chrysler who will have executives speaking at the
Among other new business uses, Salesforce.com is using
Nvidia chips to analyze Twitter feeds and Shazam uses the chips to run
online searches for music. Cortexica Visual Systems has an app that lets
consumers take pictures of clothes and find similar items for sale
The base of programmers enabled to use Nvidia’s graphics
programming environment is expanding. Continuum Analytics announced
NumbaPro, a Python compiler for Cuda in the new Anaconda Accelerate
Nvidia claims the software opens the door to as many as
50,000 new Python programmers trained and able to use Cuda within five
months, thanks to new online courses.
Observers say Nvidia’s Cuda
currently has the lead in the emerging GPGPU field due to its maturity.
Nvidia early on seeded universities with classes on Cuda.
term, many expect the open source OpenCL environment will dominate the
GPGPU field. It is supported by all graphics players including AMD and
Intel as well as Nvidia, but it not yet nearly as mature or widely used. Related stories:
What could be called 'revolutionary' is really the GPGPU adoption -there are upwards of 430M CUDA-capable GPGPUs! The growth in CAD/CAE markets for GPGPUs is can be expected to double this year.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.