GPU | GPU

  • What is it?
    GPUs (graphics processing units) are similar to CPUs (central processing units) in the sense that they are both processors, but different in many other fundamental ways. GPUs utilize a simpler and more specialized parallel structure, which allows them to have a higher number of cores than the more complex CPUs. The upshot of this is while CPUs are general-purpose and can tackle just about any computing task, GPUs are very good at doing some specific tasks very quickly—such as generating the computer graphics we see on our displays.

    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 GPGPUsHigh performance computing (HPC)AI development, and many other astounding breakthroughs have been made possible by using servers that utilize a large number of GPGPUs.

  • Why do you need it?
    In the consumer market, a good GPU (in the form of a top-notch graphics card) has become an indelible part of the immersive gaming or media viewing experience. The mining of cryptocurrency has also led to a surge in demand for GPUs.

    For the GPUs (or GPGPUs) that are installed in servers to help with computing tasks, the possibilities are endless. Computer visionmachine 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.

  • How is GIGABYTE helpful?
    GIGABYTE is an industry leader in the discrete graphics cards market, with an expansive product line that incorporates GPUs from major brands like AMD and NVIDIA. The GPUs used in GIGABYTE's other PC products also boast incredible performance.

    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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