One TERAFLOP is a floating-point calculation
speed based on 1 trillion occurrences every second.
With 1 GFLOPS performance, the 'C67x will perform one floating-point calculation
every one billionth of a second -- or roughly the time it takes light to travel one foot.
And with 50 Gigaflops of floating-point calculation
capability dedicated to 3D, equivalent to the performance of a maximum configuration 256-processor Cray T3D, NVIDIA's GeForce 256 GPU delivers an unprecedented 15 million sustained polygons per second and 480 million pixels per second.
With its superior integer and floating-point calculation
performance, the N-Class enables mechanical designers to solve larger and more realistic design and analysis problems faster.
Animation performance and floating-point calculation
performance are both critical for optimum simulation results, and we enjoy excellent performance from the IBM IntelliStation in both respects.
Double-precision performance is more important for supercomputing applications as it carries higher precision for floating-point calculations
than single-precision calculations.
Xcell Journal issue 78 is packed with fascinating feature articles, such as "Tips and Tricks for Better Floating-Point Calculations
in Embedded," "How to Build a Self-Checking Testbench," and "Ins and Outs of Digital Filter Design and Implementation.
Add complex floating-point calculations
into the mix, and the need for major advancements in processing power becomes obvious.
At a press event in San Francisco, USA, AMD demonstrated a 'Teraflop in a Box' system running a standard version of Microsoft Windows XP Professional that leveraged AMD Opteron dual-core processor technology and two next-generation AMD R600 Stream Processors capable of performing over 1tn floating-point calculations
per second, using a general 'multiply-add' (MADD) calculation.
In addition, the Cortex-R4F processor's FPU performs floating-point calculations
that allow a greater dynamic range and accuracy than fixed-point calculations.
Altogether, the 768 SGI 400 MHz processors from the two SGI Origin 3800 systems will help to quadruple ARL MSRC's computing power, making the facility one of the world's top 10 most powerful computer sites with a data rate of approximately 2 trillion floating-point calculations
Speedy floating-point calculations
are essential for applications that require sophisticated design, analysis and three-dimensional visualization capabilities, like mechanical crash simulation and computational fluid dynamics.