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New Nvidia GPUs to accelerate Apple Leopard, Windows 7

Graphics chips will be tapped into the latent compute horsepower of graphics processors to accelerate software in Apple’s upcoming OS X Snow Leopard and Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating systems, according to Nvidia’s Tesla. Graphics chips aren’t just for games anymore. The trend toward general-purpose graphics processing is defined by an acronym that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue: GPGPU. But the essence of General Purpose computing on Graphics Processing Units is pretty simple: use the scores–or even hundreds in higher-end chips–of processing cores inside GPUs to speed tasks that, in some cases, would be done much less efficiently by the central processing unit (CPU).

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