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NVIDIA Keynote Unveils Industry’s First Visual Computing Appliance

Nvidia held a keynote today which introduced the industry's first visual computing appliance that enables businesses to deliver ultra-fast GPU performance to any Windows, Linux, or Mac client on their network.

The Nvidia Grid Computing Appliance (VCA) is a powerful GPU-based system that runs complex applications such as those from Adobe Systems Incorporated, Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes, and sends their graphics output over the network to be displayed on a client computer. This remote GPU acceleration gives users the same rich graphics experience they would get from an expensive, dedicated PC under their desk.

Nvidia also announced their new "Kayla" platform that pairs a powerful Tegra mobile processor with an NVIDIA Kepler-based GPU to support a powerful suite of technologies that have never appeared on mobile devices before – including CUDA 5 and Open GL 4.3.

Kayla offers a sneak peek at the capabilities that will be unleashed by Logan, NVIDIA’s next-generation Tegra mobile processor.

“What’s amazing is that Logan will be the size of a dime, whereas Kayla is now the size of a tablet PC,” Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told a crowd Tuesday morning at their annual GPU Technology Conference.

Support for Open GL 4.3 will unleash advanced desktop-class graphics capabilities — such as tessellation and compute shaders – that are the building blocks for cutting-edge PC games, and CUDA 5, a sophisticated parallel computing framework, will unlock the ability to tackle complex computer vision problems, such as face and object recognition. The result is performance and usability comparable to cutting-edge laptops, workstations and servers.

This is all exciting stuff from the Nvidia camp who seem to have the edge over their AMD compatriots. 

More information and a list of notable updates can be found on the Nvidia Newsroom page.


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