S3 jumps onto the General Purpose GPU wagon

S3 jumps onto the General Purpose GPU wagon

S3 told us that they too have General Purpose GPU (GPGPU) capabilities (link). The company is showing its S3FotoPro image processing application as a proof (of existance). I have not seen any computing benchmark, so it’s hard to tell what kind of performance improvements (over the CPU) S3 is getting, but from what I can tell, S3 doesn’t seem to run OpenCL and this would be needed to perform application comparisons across multiple vendors. Also, there’s an important difference between GPGPU and High-Performance Computing (HPC) that you might want to look at:

  • GPGPU uses the graphics pipeline (via DX10, OpenGL) to perform compute operations
  • HPC applications are written in a high-level language (C or C++) and executed using the GPU compute-only hardware (no texture filter, no raster ops…)

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