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  • Ken Warner
    http://www.gizmag.com/asustek-esc1000-teraflop-supercomputer/13224/ Goodbye to the days when supercomputers had to fill a room and welcome Asus, purveyor of
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 29, 2009
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      http://www.gizmag.com/asustek-esc1000-teraflop-supercomputer/13224/


      Goodbye to the days when supercomputers had to fill a room and welcome Asus, purveyor of all things Eee and its first ever
      supercomputer - the ESC 1000. Produced in conjunction with NVIDIA and the National Chiao Tung university in Taiwan, the
      desktop-sized machine is capable of speeds up to a mighty 1.1 teraflops, which may pale in comparison to the petaflop Roadrunner,
      but then so does the footprint.

      The ESC 1000 houses a 3.33GHz Intel LGA1366 Xeon W3580 processor and 960 graphics processing cores spread between Tesla c1060
      processors and a Quadro FX5800, which require less electricity than microprocessors while offering higher speeds.

      Backing up this smorgasbord of cutting edge micro-technology is 24GB of DDR3 1333Mhz RAM, an 1100 watt power supply and as if it
      would make a difference, a 500GB SATA II hard drive.

      Though gamers may be salivating at its potential, it’s intended primarily for use with scientific research, image manipulation,
      engineering and medical purposes, and though prices are yet to be confirmed it’s expected to cost around US$14,519 to build.
    • Paul D. DeRocco
      ... Has anyone tried to write stitcher and/or blender plugins that use the common NVidia or ATI processors found in many PCs? Seems like an obvious thing to
      Message 2 of 3 , Oct 29, 2009
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        > From: Ken Warner
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        > http://www.gizmag.com/asustek-esc1000-teraflop-supercomputer/13224/

        Has anyone tried to write stitcher and/or blender plugins that use the
        common NVidia or ATI processors found in many PCs? Seems like an obvious
        thing to do.

        --

        Ciao, Paul D. DeRocco
        Paul mailto:pderocco@...
      • yuval_levy
        ... Enblend used GPU acceleration for a while (add --gpu to the command line). Although the upcoming release will also accelerate using OpenMP and then you ll
        Message 3 of 3 , Oct 30, 2009
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          --- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, "Paul D. DeRocco" <pderocco@...> wrote:
          > Has anyone tried to write stitcher and/or blender plugins that use the
          > common NVidia or ATI processors found in many PCs? Seems like an
          > obvious thing to do.

          Enblend used GPU acceleration for a while (add --gpu to the command line). Although the upcoming release will also accelerate using OpenMP and then you'll have a choice either/or which will depend on how many and how fast your CPUs and your GPUs are.

          Hugin since version 0.8.0 uses the GPU for fast preview and you can interact in real time with the panorama (drag images around, pan/tilt/roll/crop the output panorama, etc.). Since version 2009.2 it has also GPU acceleration of the stitching process. Still experimental, may not work for you. It's a checkbox in the preferences. Some users have reported a significant speed increase.

          Yuv
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