NVIDIA gets $25 million from DARPA to research exascale supercomputers
A team led by NVIDIA has been awarded a research grant of $25 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Defense Department's research and development arm, to address what the agency calls a "crisis in computing."
The four-year research contract, awarded under DARPA's Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC ) program, covers work to develop GPU technologies required to build the new class of exascale supercomputers which will be 1,000-times more powerful than today's fastest supercomputers.
The team -- which also includes Cray Inc., Oak Ridge National Laboratory and six top U.S. universities -- is being funded by DARPA to address the challenge that conventional computing architectures are reaching the practical limits of energy usage and will not meet the challenges of exascale computing. The research team plans to develop new software and hardware technology to dramatically increase computing performance, programmability and reliability.
"This recognizes NVIDIA's substantial investments in the field of parallel processing and highlights GPU Computing's position as one of the most promising paths to exascale computing," said Bill Dally, NVIDIA's chief scientist and senior vice president of research, and the team's principal investigator. "We look forward to collaborating to develop programmable, scalable systems that operate in tight power budgets and deliver increases in performances that are many orders of magnitude above today's systems."
"The DARPA UHPC program is attacking technical issues that are key to the future of high performance computing, from the embedded terascale to the exascale," said Steve Scott, Cray's senior vice president and CTO, and the Cray principal investigator on the team. "We are excited to be working with this team, and we believe the directions we are pursuing will lead to radical improvements to the state-of-the-art in the coming decade."
In addition to the NVIDIA-led team, DARPA awarded contracts to three other teams to study UHPC systems. Prototype systems are expected to be completed by 2018.
The names of those universities on the NVIDIA team will be available once details with them have been finalized. For more information on the DARPA UHPC program, please go here.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Teaser
ATI ad that mocks NVIDIA Fermi spotted on YouTube
Well, here's an interesting little commercial from AMD -- mocking NVIDIA on Fermi's power consumption as it seems. What do you think ? Comments in this thread please.
G.Skill Flare DDR3 2000 MHZ C7 AMD kit review
G.Skill Flare DDR3 2000 MHZ C7 AMD kit gets tested
We test and review the G.Skill Flare DDR3 2000 MHZ C7 AMD kit. These kits are optimized for AMD platforms preferably with the new six-core X6 processors, and in specific some ASUS motherboards. The kit we'll be testing today obviously comes from that series and is a 2,000MHz CL7-9-7-24 1.65V 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3 kit with its latest Flare heatsinks.
You can read all about it in this Guru3D review right here.
Shutdown Timer 3.0 released
A small utlility that Guru3D supports and helps out with is Shutdown Timer, it has reached revision 3.0
Shutdown Timer can Shutdown, Restart, Logoff, Lock, Hibernate and Standby your system based on certain options, such as Date/Time; CPU & Memory Usage; CPU Temperature and Network Usage. It is a feature full program which can also run in a portable manner, just simply download the portable version and run it from a USB stick. It also includes an updater so you can always get the latest version without constantly checking the website.
What are the main features of Shutdown Timer?
- Monitor Standby
- Based on Date & Time
- CPU/Memory Utilisation
- CPU Temperature
- Networking Usage
- Ability to save your settings for furture use
- Completely Portable, You can take it on a USB if you want to!
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) Version 5.7 Released
NiBiTor (short for NVIDIA BIOS Editor) received its latest update. Version 5.7 of the program includes support for new GPUs and limited experimental support for new unknown GPUs. Apart from supporting new GPUs, the new version also includes its usual load of minor bug fixes that improve stability and usability.
GPUs supported from this version on, include:
Changes in this version:
- Added GeForce GTX 465
- Added GeForce GT 130M
- Added GeForce 9650M
- Added Quadro FX1700
- Added Quadro FX380
SP512 GeForce GTX 480 gets tested
Last week some photo's already showed up on NVIDIAs GeForce GTX 480 with the full 512 Shader processors / 64 Texture memory units. You guys know that at the initial; launch one SM shader cluster was diabled on this product to get better yield rates.
Expreview did a few tests on the 512 core graphics card, and compared it to the 480 core model that's out in the market. NVIDIA GeForce 258.96 drivers were used.
In 3DMark Vantage Extreme mode:
- The 512SP core card get's a score of 10,072 points
- The regular 480SP version get's a score of 9,521
The additional TMUs showed an evident impact on the texture fillrate, 41.55 GTexel/s for the 512 core card against 38.82 GTexel/s for the 480 core card. It remains a bit of a mystery if this model will actually make retail and if the anme will remain GTX 480, GTX 485 would be more suitable we feel.
NVIDIA 3D Vision Driver 258.96 BETA
- Updated 8-6-2010
Intel reveals details of 32-cores Knights Ferry MIC
The colleagues over at X-bit Labs report Intel has unveiled specifications of Knights Ferry, a many Intel cores (MIC) accelerator for servers.
The Knights Ferry has 32 x86 cores clocked at 1.2GHz and featuring quad-HyperThreading. The unit, aimed at PCI Express 2.0 slots, has up to 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The chip itself has 8MB of shared L2 cache, which is quite intriguing by itself since highly-parallel applications do not require a large on-chip cache. Intel did not unveil raw computing performance of the Knights Ferry in GigaFLOPS or TeraFLOPS.
Given the fact that Knights Ferry is not a commercial product, but a development platform, it is unclear whether it has similar peculiarities as the Knights Corner chip, which is designed to be sold to interested parties.
You can check out this PDF with more details at Intel.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Patch 1.0.2
* Fixed an issue where campaign mission victories would not always trigger properly.
* Fixed an issue where some players were unable to access single player features.
In related news NVIDIA's nZone has details on the availability of a trial version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty with select graphics cards:
For a limited time only, buy any qualifying NVIDIA GeForce graphics card and get a key code for a free trial of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, good for 7 hours of game time or 14 days from activation (whichever comes first.)
Call of Duty: Black Ops to be Activision's biggest launch to date
IGN reports Activision is preparing a massive launch campaign for Call of Duty: Black Ops. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick claims it will be the biggest launch in the company's history, and he hinted that Black Ops will not only be for hardcore gamers.
During Activision's Q2 fiscal earnings call this afternoon, the publisher continuously emphasized how much bigger the marketing budget for this year's title will be compared to last, and highlighted the fact pre-sales continue to outpace Modern Warfare 2 from last year.
"This year's Black Ops will release on more platforms than ever before, and continues to pace ahead of last year's record setting Modern Warfare 2 in terms of per-sales and consumer awareness metrics," said Activision COO Thomas Tippl.
ASUS SaberTooth X58 unveiled
ASUS officially introduced the TUF Series SaberTooth X58, a new motherboard that focuses on delivering the best stability, reliability, endurance, and value. SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 are included in the features list, but pricing and availability is unknown.
The board has high-quality chokes, solid state capacitors and MOSFETs and a CeraM!X Heatsink Coating on the more critical surfaces and components to enhance heat resistance and dissipation. As for actual specification, six DDR3 memory slots are present, as well as six SATA 3.0 Gbps connectors, a pair of SATA 6.0 Gbps ports and three PCI Express x16 slots that are more than apt for multi-GPU SLI or CrossFireX setups. Finally, the Sabertooth features an 8+2 phase power design, Gigabit Ethernet, two eSATA ports, 7.1 channel audio and FireWire.
The SaberTooth X58 also includes Gigabit Ethernet, two eSATA and two USB 3.0 ports, 7.1 channel audio and FireWire.
VLC Media Player 1.1.2 out for grabs
- Avformat fps displaying fix
- TS, fix an issue where some programs would get dropped (fixes DVB issues too)
- fix timestamps handling on some filters that provoked issues when playback of mono streams, especially on Windows
- fix a bug in direct3d video output with old nVidia drivers that broke video playback with overlay (YUV->RGB)
- fix console output encoding
Interface and extensions:
- Youtube and other scripts updates
- Misc fixes in Qt4 (especially VLM and EPG dialogs) and MacOS interface
- MPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3)
- AVI - MPEG-1/2, DIVX (1/2/3), MPEG-4 ASP, DivX 4/5/6, XviD, 3ivX D4
- ASF / WMV / WMA - WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1 1, 2 1 1, 2 1 1 WMV 1/2
- MP4 / MOV / 3GP - Sorenson 1/3 (Quicktime)
- OGG / OGM / Annodex
- Matroska (MKV) - H.261 H.263 / H.263i H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
- Real - Real Video 1/2
- WAV (incuding DTS)
- Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52
- Raw DV
- FLV (Flash)
- Standard MIDI / SMF
Axle GeForce GTX 460 768MB review
Axle GeForce GTX 460 768MB gets tested
What will be interesting to see if a pure 100% reference model can overclock to 'Super Overclocked' models just as well. As that might easily save you 50 USD -- all with a manual tweak. For that this card would need to go beyond say a 800 MHz core clock and 4000 MHz without voltage tweaking. But what if the card can achieve such results, wouldn't you have an absolute hot deal ?
Check out the full Guru3D.com review right here.
eVGA releases GTX 460 BIOS update - calls it Free Performance Boost
If you bought a regular clocked GeForce GTX 460 from eVGA then good news, they decided to increase the clock frequencies to be a little more competitive. eVGA slapped it all arround a marketing program called Free Performance Boost.
This program simply entails a BIOS update applying higher clocks on the GTX 460 SKUs. Here it is, the EVGA 460 FPB Update, changelist as follows:
- Core/Processor clock increased to 720/1440 (Part numbers 768-P3-1360-XX and 01G-P3-1371-XX Only)
- Fanspeed unlocked to allow up to 100%
- Download the correct .zip file below for your graphics card:
768-P3-1360-XX - EVGA GeForce GTX 460
768-P3-1362-XX - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked
01G-P3-1371-XX - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1024MB EE (External Exhaust)
01G-P3-1373-XX - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked 1024MB EE (External Exhaust)
- Extract the files to a location on disk.
- Make sure no programs are running in the background, and double click update.exe.
- Press "Y" to begin the update.
- DO NOT TURN OFF POWER OR RESET DURING THE FLASH PROCESS!
- After update, restart PC.
- Reinstall the latest NVIDIA graphics drivers after bootup.
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510 with custom-color backlighting
Next to a new mouse, Logitech is announcing the G510 Gaming Keyboard, this model offers custom-color character backlighting, a built-in LCD display, 18 programmable keys with three mode states, support for pressing five keys at the same time, and integrated USB audio.
The Gaming Keyboard G510 delivers the tools you need to win. The keyboard features 18 programmable G-keys with three mode states, giving you up to 54 possible macro settings per game. You can pre-define macros for your favorite games, or you can create new ones on the fly for easy customization.
The Logitech-exclusive GamePanel LCD gives you real-time game stats and PC performance data. Customizable RGB backlighting makes it easy to keep keyboard controls in plain sight
Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 offers 13 buttons
Logitech launched the Wireless Gaming Mouse G700, a new gaming peripheral with 13 buttons with macro capability. Interestingly, the mouse includes a charging cable so you can even it it when your batteries are dead.
Optimized for MMO while still offering the precision needed for FPS, the Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 keeps you comfortable, in control and deep in your game. Its 13 precisely placed controls can be programmed to perform single actions or complex macros with a single click, but are out of the way when you don