SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Once thought of as a technology used only for computer games, NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) graphics processing units (GPUs) with CUDA(TM) technology are now being used for the serious business of scientific computation. Berkeley's Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), one of the leading distributed computing platforms in the world, is using CUDA technology to tap the massively parallel processing power of NVIDIA GPUs with astounding results that could change the pace of scientific discovery through projects like GPUGRID and Einstein@home. The latest breakthrough came with the release of an optimized client that will allow SETI@home to analyze SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) data in about one-tenth of the time it previously took using CPUs(i).
"NVIDIA CUDA technology opens up processing power for scientific research that was previously unavailable and impossible for researchers to afford," said Dr. David Anderson, Research Scientist U.C. Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory and founder of BOINC. "CUDA technology makes it easy for scientists and researchers to optimize BOINC projects for NVIDIA GPUs and they are already using it for applications in molecular dynamics, protein structure prediction, climate and weather modeling, medical imaging, and many other areas."
BOINC is a unique approach to supercomputing in which multiple consumer
computers are joined together over the Internet and their combined computing
power is used to tackle very large computational tasks. BOINC provides the
distributed computing grid layer for a wide variety of scientific projects
that work to help cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and
do many other types of scientific research on home
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