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Additional system processing power from ATI X1900 GPUs

ATI has announced its new Stream Computing technology. Stream Computing accelerates enterprise computing tasks using ATI’s Radeon X1900 graphics processor. Scientific research, homeland security, financial forecasting, oil and gas, database searching, consumer applications and video games are expected to benefit from ATI’s Stream Computing technology. Scientific research such as Folding@Home benefits from ATI’s Stream Computing by being able to process larger data sets faster—processing three years worth of disease research in a single month. Climate forecasting is expected to benefit from the additional computing power by processing weather forecasts quicker to issue quicker bad weather warnings.

Homeland security will benefit from Stream Computing as security tasks are performed much quicker. Tasks such as facial recognition, communication analysis, airport security, photography and video analysis are expected to receive significant performance improvements. Financial institutions will benefit from faster financial forecasting. Stream Computing is expected to bring quicker and more detailed answers to help make quick financial decisions. ATI expects database searching to significantly improve from the added processing power and greater performance per density.

ATI expects consumers to benefit from Stream Computing as well. With Stream Computing, ATI graphics cards can accelerate any software that requires extra processing power. Lastly there are benefits in video games. Stream Computing will allow game developers to use ATI GPUs for physics processing. This allows physics engines from Havok to take advantage of processing power available in multi-GPU ATI systems. Gamers expecting ATI triple-play physics processing will have to wait as ATI makes no mention when Stream Computing technology will be available for games.

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What ? this isn't HT enabled?
By DallasTexas on 9/29/2006 4:00:31 PM , Rating: -1
Is ATI is enabling acceleration via PCI express? Why this is what Intel is promoting - standards based interfaces to acceleration hardware via PCIexpress.

That's wierd, where is the HT/Torrenza version of this? I'm glad ATI is pursuing the open approach but wonder if they will get slapped into the proprietary Torrenza model once they are integrated into AMD.

RE: What ? this isn't HT enabled?
By FITCamaro on 9/29/2006 4:30:22 PM , Rating: 1
I doubt it. By keeping it open, they make money from it not just in their own platforms but also Intels. I'm sure they'll make sure it works just a smidge faster on their platform though. Of course since they can optimize it for their's, why wouldn't it.

And don't act like Intel doesn't optimize certain things for their processors.

RE: What ? this isn't HT enabled?
By MrPickins on 9/29/2006 5:47:01 PM , Rating: 1
Maybe they'll also release a HTX version of the card for server environments?

RE: What ? this isn't HT enabled?
By Goty on 9/29/2006 6:04:57 PM , Rating: 1
Wait, you mean Intel announced an initiative for something that was already being done?!



RE: What ? this isn't HT enabled?
By DallasTexas on 9/29/06, Rating: 0
RE: What ? this isn't HT enabled?
By Spoelie on 9/30/2006 10:52:35 AM , Rating: 2
IBM (together with Dell, Sun, Fujitsu-Siemens and HP) did express their support to Torrenza prior to Intel's solution even being made public.

RE: What ? this isn't HT enabled?
By Acanthus on 9/30/2006 11:09:48 AM , Rating: 3
Intels technology isnt redundant...

Its adopting the PCI-E bus for use in places where you need a bus to move data.

In this case they are just talking about using a PCIE x16 slot... Which has nothing to do with the new Intel/IBM initiative.

The big thing about Intels approach is there shouldnt be any licensing fees associated with the technology. It's just a standard to adhere to.

By smitty3268 on 9/29/2006 6:39:21 PM , Rating: 2
First, Torrenza isn't any more proprietary or closed than PCI express is, it just won't be adopted by Intel for reasons we won't go in to here.

Second, give them some time. I'm sure Torrenza stuff will be coming out, but ATI hasn't even finished being bought yet. You can bet ATI will eventually come out with Torrenza hardware which will probably be a bit faster than the corresponding Intel product.

By AstroCreep on 10/2/2006 10:47:49 AM , Rating: 2
Torrenza is being pushed as an OPEN standard (not 'proprietary') and will be based on HTT standards, not 'AMD Proprietary Standards'.

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