Here’s something that might be worth keeping an eye on. A US company called Peakstream has come up with a way of harnessing the raw computing power in high-end graphics cards or graphics processor units (GPUs). In theory a fast, well-equipped PC could be transformed into a Supercomputer.
Peakstream have teamed up with ATI to develop Stream Computing technology that will allow ATI graphics cards to work in concert with high-performance CPUs to solve the kind of big problems that require a lot of intense number crunching. In various simulations involving processing risk assessment, seismic model and disease research data speed increases of between 20 and 40 times have been achieved.