Nvidia (NSDQ:NVDA) scored a victory for its GPU-computing agenda Tuesday with the news that IBM (NYSE:IBM) will be building the first volume server based on Tesla graphics processors from a top computer manufacturer.
The forthcoming IBM iDataPlex dx360 M3 systems will be equipped with a pair of Nvidia’s Tesla M2050 GPUs to go along with a dual-CPU configuration, according to Sumit Gupta, senior manager of Nvidia’s Tesla GPU Computing HPC business unit.
“This is the first time that GPUs are part of a mainstream, high-volume product line from a Tier 1 OEM,” said Gupta, who is responsible for business development around Santa Clara, Calif.-based Nvidia’s CUDA programming language for GPUs and CUDA-based GPU computing products.
“We’ve been talking about momentum for a long time with CUDA. A number of textbooks have now been written about how to program a GPU, whether it’s CUDA or OpenCL,” Gupta said. “This is a pretty good achievement, considering the programming language is only three years old.”
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