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GPUs and the Third Pillar of Science

Over at the Nvidia Blog, Sumit Gupta writes that even today, only a small percentage of scientists use computers for their research. But that story is changing thanks to the advent of hybrid supercomputing.

In the last few years, something dramatic happened that changed science forever. The advent of inexpensive and very powerful desktop supercomputers based on GPU accelerators has given every scientist the ability to run simulations that are detailed enough to mimic real physical/chemical phenomena. A GPU-accelerated PC today is as powerful as the fastest supercomputer just 10-12 years ago.

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