As powerful as today's super computers are, it's widely believed that we'll see a tectonic shift in supercomputing in this decade - a shift that will leave the world's current super computers far behind. That change is exascale computing technology, which will be thousands of times faster than petaflop super computers. Today, NVIDIA announced that it has a $12.4-million contract to further its exascale computing research.
Several U.S. government agencies have an interest in this kind of computing power, for reasons as varied as national defense, medical research, and engine improvement. The Department of Energy has been one of the most visible proponents of making exascale computing a reality and it's the agency that awarded NVIDIA the two-year contract, via its FastForward program.
Kepler SMX technology provides more cores than the venerable Fermi shader multiprocessor (SM).
Also, control logic is reduced, making for more room and less power consumption.
Dynamic Parallelism lets the GPU create new threads without going back to the CPU,
It makes parallel processing more accessible to developers.
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