Introducing the world’s first personal supercomputer
The world’s first personal supercomputer, which is 250 times faster than the average PC, has been unveiled.
Although at £4,000 it is beyond the reach of most consumers, the high-performance processor could become invaluable to universities and medical institutions.
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The desktop workstations are built with innovative NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs), which are capable of handling simultaneous calculations usually relegated to £70,000 supercomputing ‘clusters’ that take up entire rooms.
PHD students at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and MIT in America are already using GPU-based personal supercomputers for research.
Scientists believe the new systems could help find cures for diseases.
1954: The IBM 704 was considered to be the world’s first super-computer and took up a whole room designed for engineering and scientific calculations.
The device lets them run hundreds of thousands of science codes to create a shortlist of drugs that are most likely to offer potential cures.
This exceptional speedup has the ability to accelerate the discovery of potentially life-saving anti-cancer drugs,’ said Jack Collins from the Advanced Biomedical Computing Centre in Maryland.
The new computers make innovative use of the revolutionary graphics processing units, which NIVIDA claims could bring lightning speeds to the next generation of home computers.
” A traditional processor handles one task at a time in a linear style, but GPUs work on tasks simultaneously to do things such as get colour pixels together on screens to present moving images ”
” So while downloading a film onto an iPod would take up to six hours on a traditional system, a graphics card could bring this down to 20 minutes. ”
The supercomputers, made by a number of UK based companies including Viglen, Armari and Dell are currently on sale to universities and to the science and research community.
PC maker Dell said they would soon be mass producing them for the general consumer market.