Technological advances have led to the rise of discrete or dedicated graphics cards, which are often also called GPUs, but are in fact complete expansion cards with GPUs at the core. Graphics cards support GPUs with dedicated memory, heat sinks, and other components, which is why these types of GPUs generally outperform the integrated GPUs that are built into the motherboard or CPU. For this reason, graphics cards have become a mainstay of the esports and gaming industry.
In recent years, scientists and engineers have discovered that many other computing tasks can be performed by GPUs, so long as the data is in graphical form. GPUs used for something other than generating graphics are sometimes called GPGPUs. High performance computing (HPC), AI development, and many other astounding breakthroughs have been made possible by using servers that utilize a large number of GPGPUs.
For the GPUs (or GPGPUs) that are installed in servers to help with computing tasks, the possibilities are endless. Computer vision, machine learning, and deep learning are just some of the applications that GPUs excel at. More and more industry leaders are offering complete solutions that combine hardware and software to help users in various vertical markets reap the benefits of GPUs, whether it's manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, education, or entertainment.
What's more, GIGABYTE is dedicated to exploring the potential of heterogeneous computing—the combination of CPUs and GPUs—in servers used by enterprises and research institutes. The G-Series GPU Servers are an entire product line that offers scalable, high-density GPU designs well-suited for data analytics and scientific research. To share just a few examples, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) uses GIGABYTE's G482-Z51 to conduct quantum physics research with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Lowell Observatory in Arizona, USA, where Pluto was first discovered in 1894, uses GIGABYTE's G482-Z50 to help look for a "Twin Earth" in outer space. Wherever there are groundbreaking discoveries to be made or inventions to be created, GPUs—and the servers that support them—have an important role to play.
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