Nvidia Banks $25m Pentagon Research Grant

Chip maker Nvidia has won a $25 million grant from the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in order to create high-performance supercomputers that leverage the power of graphics processing units (GPU).

Nvidia has long been an advocate, obviously, of the computational powers of GPUs, which have been adapted to a wide variety of uses, from CT scans, to research labs, to Wall Street. Venture Beat reports that the win will see Nvidia operate under a four-year contract and build “a new class of ‘exascale supercomputers’ that are 1,000 times more powerful than today’s supercomputers.”

Nvidia was one of four to be chosen to build a prototype system, joining Intel, the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Sandia National Laboratory. The groups will operate under DARPA’s Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC) program, which has the modest goal of “re-inventing” computing.

UHPC emerged from President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation directive.

The real question is whether these new computers will be able to run Crysis 2 with 24x anti-aliasing at 1680×1050 and realize an acceptable frames per second level?

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