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.
Congrats to NVIDIA for this. I wish them success attaining their goals too. Trickle down effects should really change the desktop video card market too. I look forward to using them,........(if I'm still alive to see it)
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Here's a brief notice about one of the techniques that hopefully will contribute to rendering exascale computing possible : http://www.technologyreview.com/news/428466/making-wiring-that-doesnt-trip-up-computer-chips/?nlid=nldly&nld=2012-07-11. After all, making better chips is useless, if one can't connect them. Amazingly enough, the technique that's described here - heating the chips so that the deposited copper will flow into all the holes - looks similar to the so-called «»reballing techniques that sometimes are successful in resuscitating a motherboard that's died due to overheating. Nothing new under the sun - which is what makes patenting ideas, as opposed to devices, so absurd....
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