The world’s first personal supercomputer, which is 250 times faster than the average PC, has been unveiled. The NVIDIA Tesla Personal Supercomputer is based on the revolutionary NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing architecture and powered by up to 960 parallel processing cores.
Until now, supercomputers were massive systems made up of thousands of machines taking up entire rooms, which cost millions of pounds to build and maintain. By contrast, Tesla personal supercomputers will cost between £4,000 and £8,000 and look much like an ordinary PC.
David Kirk, chief scientist at NVIDIA, the American company which has designed the new technology, said: “Pretty much anything that you do on your PC that takes a lot of time can be accelerated with this.”
“These supercomputers can improve the time it takes to process information by 1,000 times.
“If you imagine it takes a week to get a result [from running an experiment], you can only do it 52 times a year. If it takes you minutes, you can do it constantly, and learn just as much in a day.”
The new computers make innovative use of graphics processing units – a technological breakthrough, which the company claims could bring lightning speeds to the next generation of home computers.
Scientists also believe that the supercomputers could help them discover cures for diseases, such as cancer and malaria, much more quickly than using traditional research methods. We have already seen supercomputers that can perform laser surgery and desktop prototypes that are capable of computing speeds 100 times faster than current desktops, the technology is based on parallel processing on a single chip. This new release makes the supercomputing power easily accessible for the medical and other technical purposes.
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