Distributed Computing

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Parallel Computing

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  • 7.87 PetaFLOPS

GPU

  • Graphics Processing Unit
  • "Very efficient at manipulating computer graphics, and their highly prarlell structure makes them more efficient than general-purpose CPUs for a range of complex algorithms."
  • A Graphics Processing Unit is a processor attached to the graphics card dedicated to calculating floating point operations.
  • A graphics accellerator incorporates custom microchips which contain special mathematical operations commonly used in graphics rendering. The efficiency of the microchips therefore determines the effectiveness of the graphics accelerator.

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