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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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Say hello to....
By Sunday Ironfoot on 9/30/2006 5:43:57 AM , Rating: 2
...massive electricity bills :)

Especially now that we have both CPU and GPU running at full speed effectively 24/7 in the name of folding@home or something similar.




RE: Say hello to....
By tygrus on 9/30/2006 7:54:33 AM , Rating: 2
If it is 20x faster than single CPU core then you probably get about 10x more done per watt (compared to dual-core). You can still save power of 9 more machines.


RE: Say hello to....
By Goty on 9/30/2006 7:58:39 AM , Rating: 2
That's assuming that the power consumption of video cards stays around only roughly twice the power envelope of the average CPU. With CPU vendors now watching their power consumption and the video card companies letting it get completely out of hand (at least for one more generation), that figure may still be higher than a 1:1 ratio, but not by a whole lot.


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