"The Myriad 2 VPU housed inside the Movidius Neural Compute Stick provides powerful, yet efficient performance - more than 100 gigaflops
of performance within a 1W power envelope - to run real-time deep neural networks directly from the device.
Intel also announced the Phi SE10X and SE10P processors with 61 cores and 1,073 gigaflops
of computing power.
Intel's Shekhar Borkar, who works on the DARPA Ubiquitous High Performance Computing project, said today's 100 gigaFLOPs
computer uses 200 watts.
The chip, based on the MIPS architecture, delivers a peak performance of 128 gigaflops
while drawing just 40 watts of power.
FLOPS indicate how many mathematical operations involving decimal fractions a computer can handle per second, PCs are measured in millions of flops (megaFLOPS), mainframe computers in billions of flops (gigaFLOPS
), and super computers in trillions of flops (teraFLOPS).
The company said that the card delivers 620 GigaFLOPS
of computing power and GDDR5 memory and also has full support for Microsoft's DirectX 11.
* An IBM Power7 IH MCM chip delivers 1.28 gigaflops
per watt at the package level and roughly 0.93 gigaflops
per watt including the switch.
Apple's new Snow Leopard operating system (OS) is the first OS to integrate OpenCL, a cross-platform open standard that makes it possible for developers to tap into the vast gigaflops
of computing power currently in the graphics processing unit (GPU) and use them for any application.
For example the NVidia GeForce GTX280 GPU contains 240 streaming processors that have a peak rate of approximately 960 gigaflops
compared to a high-end (Intel Core2Quad) CPU that has 4 cores and a peak rate of approximately 96 gigaflops
(Fathalian & Houston, 2008)
Not every embedded computing problem needs multicore processors, terabytes of local data storage or GigaFLOPs
of raw processing horsepower supported with a plethora of DSP math libraries.
Each processor node has a peak performance of 64 gigaflops
and consists of 8 vector processors (each of which has a peak performance of 8 gigaflops
The company has also upgraded its Xserve 1 U rack optimized server to deliver dual 64-bit 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5 processors with over 35 gigaflops
of processing power per system.