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TmX



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TmX
Just recently read some interesting things about GPU:
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Modern GPUs are very efficient at manipulating and displaying computer graphics, and their highly parallel structure makes them more effective than general-purpose CPUs for a range of complex algorithms.

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Since 2005 there has been interest in using the performance offered by GPUs for evolutionary computation in general and for accelerating the fitness evaluation in genetic programming in particular.


So, will GPU replace CPU sometime in the future?
Not entirely, of course, probably for the computationally expensive things? Confused
Post 06 Mar 2009, 04:55
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revolution
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I doubt they will. They are very specialised and would be cumbersome to use for things like an OS or other general purpose tasks.
Post 06 Mar 2009, 05:01
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edfed



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GPU is more about to replace DSP than CPU.
that's all. because GPU in fact is a DSP specialised in 2D/3D computations.
and a DSP is a CPU specialised in data processing and mathematics.
a CPU is not the same thing, it is a simple brick in the system, the brick that will execute the code to make work the system, manage the memory, the peripherals etc etc .
MCU are a little different but are more CPU than GPU or DSP, it is more the SOC design.

each applications needs a type of Unit. exactlly as each meal needs its own ingredients.
Post 06 Mar 2009, 15:45
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drhowarddrfine



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There's been quite a bit of talk about this for some time. Nvidia in particular seems poised to do so. Intel recently announced something about their newer CPU in response to that but I forgot what it was. Some feel things are headed that way but the GPU is, essentially, a reconfigured CPU and it wouldn't be difficult to use it as one. In fact, I've seen quite a few articles from those who are.
Post 06 Mar 2009, 19:16
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Alphonso



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Seems that at the moment the CPU is heading towards being more than a CPU with ideas of integrated memory controller and maybe later integrated graphics (Intel Westmere). Will it go the way Godson is going? http://www.h-online.com/news/Hot-Chips-the-third-Dragon-CPU--/111411

With the range of differences in GPUs I can not see it really taking over the CPU but as for sharing some of the load then Larrabee should be interesting. Smile

As for nVidia maybe you mean this http://www.osnews.com/story/21078/NVIDIA_and_x86_Not_If_But_When
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