NVIDIA called in the big guns to help promote its Tesla graphics processing units (GPUs), announcing new efforts this week with Microsoft to explore applications for high performance parallel computing using Windows HPC Server 2008. In that vein, NVIDIA Research developed several GPU-enabled applications on the Windows HPC Server 2008 platform, including a ray tracing application that can be tapped to do advanced photo-realistic modeling of automobiles. NVIDIA also collaborated with Microsoft’s research arm to install a large Tesla GPU computing cluster with the intention of studying new applications optimized for the GPU. NVIDIA’s Tesla GPUs support Windows XP and Windows Vista on the workstation, and Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 in the data center. A number of large workstation OEMs, including Cray, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo offer personal workstation platforms built on the Tesla C1060 and S1070 GPUs. Andy Keane, general manager of NVIDIA’s Tesla business, maintains that scientific and engineering communities leveraging the GPU platform are achieving performance boosts of between 20 to 200 times, depending on their application.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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