[Beowulf] Vector coprocessors

Mattijs Janssens m.janssens at opencfd.co.uk
Thu Mar 16 07:16:31 PST 2006

> The video card folks can do this because
> a) each successive generation of cards is derived from the past, so the 
> NRE is lower.. most of the card (and IC) is the same
> b) they have truly gargantuan volumes
> c) they have sales from existing products to provide cash to support the 
> development of version N+1.

And you can ofcourse use the video card's processors to do generic 
numbercrunching. See e.g.


Don't know how e.g. the 16 vertex units on a mainstream graphics card 
compare to the clearspeed processing units.

Mattijs Janssens

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