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May 10, 2010

Why Labs Love Gaming Hardware

MacGregor Campbell

Blasting zombies may seem to have little to do with serious research, but video game hardware is helping scientists in a variety of ways including helping them to unravel the mysteries of the brain. Specialist programmers have long been repurposing the graphics processing units that power action-packed scenes in games for non-graphics tasks. Now recent advances have opened up GPU-based supercomputing to non-specialists.

Full story at New Scientist