“Graphics chipmaker Nvidia Corp. is in the early developmental stages of its first Mac-bound GPGPUs,” AppleInsider reports.
“Short for general-purpose computing on graphics processing units, GPGPUs are a new wave of graphics processors that can be instructed to perform computations previously reserved only for a system’s primary CPU, allowing them aid in the speed of non graphics related applications,” AppleInsider reports.
“GPGPUs have proven most beneficial in applications requiring intense number crunching, examples of which include high-performance computer clusters, raytracing, scientific computing applications, database operations, cryptography, physics-based simulation engines, and video, audio and digital image processing,” AppleInsider reports.
“It’s likely that the first Mac-comptaible GPGPUs would turn up as build-to-order options for Apple’s Mac Pro workstations due to their ability to aid digital video and audio professionals in sound effects processing, video decoding and post processing,” AppleInsider reports.
“Precisely when those cards will crop up is unclear, though Nividia through its Santa Clara, Calif.-based offices this week put out an urgent call for a full time staffer to help design and implement kernel level Mac OS X drivers for the cards,” AppleInsider reports.
More info in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Masa” for the heads up.]