Sunday, September 24, 2006

Encode DIVx 10 to 30 times faster?

It seems that ATI is threatening to unleash a whole new class of acronym soup on the world - stream processing and GPGPU. In a nutshell: what if you could "steal" some of the intense processing power locked in your $600 video card to speed up your computing tasks?

Check out the plain English explanation on Engadget here:

http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/21/ati-to-announce-stream-computing-on-september-29/

Much more detail here:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09/19/ati_gpgpu/print.html

Looks like it's a going to take a while to get out, and the coding issues aren't trivial. Still, a "Firestream" videocard might be just what you need to accessorize that 8-core CPU...

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