GPU Computing Delivers Over a Petaflop to put NVIDIA in Top Spot in Distributed Computing Application
NVIDIA's petaflop contribution, nearly half of the processing power on Folding@home, is delivered by just 11,370 of the total active processors used in the project. In comparison, 208,268 CPUs running Windows were active, contributing just 198 teraflops -- just 6% of the total processing power in the project.
"As these statistics show, the impact of NVIDIA GPUs on protein folding simulations has been extraordinary," said Vijay Pande, associate professor of chemistry,
"Applications like Folding@home are just the beginning, every day we are seeing more and more examples of computing problems that are benefitting from CUDA and our GPU technologies," said Michael Steele, general manager of visual consumer solutions at NVIDIA. "I know everyone at NVIDIA has been closely tracking the progress of the Folding@home project since the release of the CUDA port for our GPUs and we are delighted to see them making such a significant and meaningful contribution to what is extremely valuable work."
Full table of statistics below: OS Type Current Active Total TFLOPS Processors Processors Windows 198 208,268 2,134,966 Mac OS X / Power PC 7 8,226 118,817 Mac OS X / Intel 19 6,264 58,856 Linux 61 35,903 325,643 ATI GPU 334 3,032 6,148 NVIDIA GPU 1,251 11,370 17,152 PlayStation 3 1,080 38,286 582,800 Total 2,950 311,349 3,244,382
Source: http://fah-web.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py?qtype=osstats, as of August 19, 2008.
 A flops is a floating point operation per second, a standard measure of processing power. A teraflop is 1,000 billion flops and a petaflop is 1,000 trillion flops.
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