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Nvidia launched a new product line Wednesday that is intended to open a new competitive front with Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.

The graphics chip maker unveiled its Tesla products for high-performance scientific and technical computing. The products will work alongside computer workstations and servers, and use graphics chips for demanding computing jobs instead of the general-purpose computer chips from Intel and AMD that typically take on such tasks.

Nvidia said graphics chips will offer 10 times to 200 times the performance of general purpose chips for seismic and engineering computing jobs. The products will begin shipping in August with the high-end Tesla S870 GPU Computing Server for data centers available by December.


http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_6187280
Nvidia is announcing today that it will start selling Tesla, its family of graphics chips for scientific computing applications, in August. These chips can offload work from central processing units, which have generally been the sole processors in a lot of workstation and supercomputing applications. The general-purpose GPUs, as Nvidia calls its graphics processing unit chips, include new circuitry that allows them to process computer-like applications in parallel more efficiently than CPUs can in some cases.

The company has been promoting its GP-GPUs since its GeForce 8800 chip debuted in November with CPU-like processing abilities. It launched its Cuda programming development solution to promote new uses of GPUs in computing applications in February. And now Tesla is sampling. These chips have 128 processors and can crunch up to half a teraflop. The family includes the chips, a two-unit “deskside†workstation, and a one-unit server as well.


http://www.mercextra.com/blogs/takah...mputing-chips/
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Interesting...
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It all looks so cool
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I agree, if Nvidia learned how to build a CPU, I bet they would be very successful!
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just a thought, wont they have a problem with the name because of this company?

http://www.teslamotors.com/index.php
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No. Tesla is a guy's name. Plus, there's lots of things called Tesla. I'm sure they went through the proper channels already.
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No. Tesla is a guy's name. Plus, there's lots of things called Tesla. I'm sure they went through the proper channels already.
ahh ok... it was just a idea - just wondered if it would cause them trouble

seems to be a good idea from nvidia - looks sweet
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What is this? It must have released today or some time recently.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/tesla_c...solutions.html
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Just read about it too:

http://techreport.com/onearticle.x/12712

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Tesla C870. Source: Nvidia.
Just over seven months after the launch of the AMD Stream Processor, AMD's re-branded Radeon graphics card dedicated to general-purpose computing, Nvidia has come up with a similar solution. Dubbed Tesla, after the father of alternating current, Nvidia's solution is based on the same architecture as GeForce 8-series graphics cards and comes in three flavors.
The first is the Tesla C870 "GPU Computing Processor," which looks strikingly similar to the Quadro FX 5600 that came out three months ago. Just like the Quadro, the Tesla C870 comes with 1.5GB of onboard GDDR3 memory clocked at 800MHz. Its processing units run at 1.35GHz, and Nvidia claims peak floating point power of over 500 billion floating point operations per second (gigaFLOPS). The card slips into a standard PCI Express interface, although unlike AMD's Stream Processor, it has no display output ports.

Nvidia's second Tesla solution is the Tesla D870 "Deskside Supercomputer," which is a version of Nvidia's Quadro Plex VCS Model IV multi-GPU enclosure built to house a pair of Tesla C870 cards. As with the Quadro Plex, two Tesla D870 enclosures can be paired up to fit inside a 3U server rack space.

Last, but not least, is Nvidia's Tesla S870 "GPU Computing Server." This is in essence a D870 on crack that was designed for server racks from the start. It fits inside a 19" 1U rack-mount space and houses no fewer than four Tesla C870 cards, making for maximum combined floating point computing power of over two teraFLOPS. Nvidia says power consumption for the S870 is 550W typically and can go as high as 800W.

Of course, that's just the hardware. As one might expect, Nvidia allows developers to tap into Tesla hardware with its CUDA application programming interface. Our counterparts over at Beyond3D have a more detailed outline of the Tesla lineup and how CUDA comes into play over in this article.
That's a crapload of processing power. Farms of these would be wicked powerful. Too bad it doesn't fold.......
    
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