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Nvidia chip team gets 25 million dollars from US military

by Staff Writers
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 9, 2010
Nvidia on Monday said it is leading a team awarded 25 million dollars by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to create a chip that leaves today's super computers in the dust.

The Nvidia team was on of four granted DARPA research contracts aimed at making supercomputers a thousand times more powerful with technology from graphics processing units (GPUs) used to power realistic videogame action.

Graphics chips (GPUs) break complex tasks into parts and handle them simultaneously while central processing units typically used in computers tend to projects in sequence, hurrying from start to finish in order.

"This recognizes Nvidia's substantial investments in the field of parallel processing and highlights GPU computing's position as one of the most promising paths to exascale computing," said Nvidia chief scientist Bill Dally.

"We look forward to collaborating to develop programmable, scalable systems that operate in tight power budgets and deliver increases in performances that are many orders of magnitude above today's systems."

Nvidia team members include Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee; Seattle-based supercomputer company Cray Inc., and a set of US universities.




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Japan mobile phone makers to roll out 'augmented reality'
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The "Terminator" had it, US fighter pilots use it and it's the next hot feature on Japanese smartphones - "augmented reality" which peppers the world around you with useful bits of information. Imagine wearing high-tech glasses and having small, cartoon speech balloon-style tags pop up within your field of vision, overlaying real-world objects and buildings to describe what you're looking a ... read more

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