Go ahead and pat yourself on the back if you waited this long to upgrade your graphics card, you now have a bunch of next generation parts to choose from, including dual-GPU cards from both AMD and Nvidia. These two heavyweights aren't finished, either. According to reports, AMD is working on a mid-range Radeon HD 6790 videocard built around the 40nm Barts GPU. It should end up faster than the Juniper-based HD 5700, and perhaps nearly as fast as the 6800 series.
The telecom industry is littered with lawsuits, so many in fact that it's nigh impossible to keep track of them all. That is unless you print out a copy of CNNMoney.com's modified social graph, a slightly altered and updated version of the original pieced together by InformationIsBeautiful.net.
The graphic makes sense of what would otherwise be a convoluted mess of lawsuits. Follow the arrows and you'll discover, for example, that Kodak is suing RIM, who is suing Motorola (so is Microsoft), who is suing Apple, who is suing Nokia, who is suing (and being sued by) Qualcomm. Dizzy yet? There's plenty more.
If this is the kind of stuff that gets you going, check out the full graphic here.
The supercomputing crown now belongs to China and the country's Tianhe-1A machine, which was able to crank out 2.507 petaflops with more than a little help from Nvidia and Intel, according to a Nvidia press release.
The Tianhe-1A supercomputer houses 7,168 Nvidia Tesla M2050 graphics chips and 14,336 Intel Xeon processors. It consumes 4.04 megawatts, and according to Nvidia, it's three times more power efficient than a CPU-only supercomputer. It would take more than 50,000 CPUs and twice as much floor space to achieve the same level of performance if using CPUs alone, the GPU maker claims.
"The performance and efficiency of Tianhe-1A was simply not possible without GPUs," said Guangming Liu, chief of National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin. "The scientific research that is now possible with a system of this scale is almost without limits; we could not be more pleased with the results."
Nvidia says the Tianhe-1A system will be operated as an open access system for large scale scientific computations.