S3 Graphics Showcases GPGPU Functionality

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News Posted: Fri, Oct 17 2008 3:03 PM

S3 Graphics Showcases GPGPU Functionality with S3FotoPro Image Enhancement Application

California, October 17,
2008 -
Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and HD Multimedia technologies, today
announced the availability of S3FotoPro™, a GPGPU application using the latest
programmable architecture powered by the Chrome 400 Series GPUs. Utilizing an
array of S3 stream processors, the GPUs can accelerate parallel data workloads
and perform work on thousands of concurrent threads to achieve Gigaflops
(GFLOPS) of high-throughput computations.

is an example of a computationally expensive process for image quality
improvements that is best achieved on a GPU instead of a CPU due to the S3
stream processor architecture. The algorithm complexity and high calculation
requirements required by S3FotoPro™ enables the parallel workload speedup to be
magnitudes (>100x) of times faster than the latest CPUs in the market today.
In addition, the GFLOPS-per-Watt and GFLOPS-per-Dollar favor the GPU computational
efficiency over standard CPU calculations.

Graphics continues to develop and bring to market cutting edge technologies
that use the power of the GPU to meet new demands in emerging
computation-intensive markets. Application processes that required days can now
be completed in seconds using a GPGPU product like ours," said Michael Shiuan, VP
of Hardware Engineering at S3 Graphics. "With support for the latest GPGPU
applications and languages, S3FotoPro provides a highly useful and versatile tool
for end-users and our partners."

that can benefit from S3 Graphics GPGPU technology include High-Performance
Computing (HPC), HD video transcoding/encoding, scientific, engineering,
medical, imaging, physics, and many other areas," said Dr. Ken Weng, GM for S3
Graphics. "The potential and opportunities to leverage this novel technology
are just starting to open up and the full potential has yet to be realized."

For more
details about this exciting new technology, please visit the website at:

or download the
application at:


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warlord replied on Fri, Oct 17 2008 4:36 PM

I hope this means more inexpensive cards for Folding@Home

Fold On HotHardware!!!!

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I hope this means more inexpensive cards for Folding@Home

Fold On HotHardware!!!!

That would be good. I am very excited about the future of gpu based programs.


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