Discrete GPUs are here to stay

by melonakos on September 12, 2011


Ever since AccelerEyes began over 4 years ago, naysayers have flippantly tossed out the idea that somehow computing on discrete GPUs will soon go away. Some thought AMD’s Fusion would become the demise of discrete GPU computing. Others thought that Intel’s integrated graphics would squeeze high-end GPUs out of the market.

Neither is anywhere close to disrupting the utility of discrete GPUs (especially those currently available from NVIDIA) for solving computational challenges that face domain professionals.

Today, Jon Peddie Research introduced a free whitepaper describing the market forces and the sales projections of GPUs.  From the article:

“The facts speak for themselves. Those who are concerned about graphics performance will buy discrete GPU systems. As good as they are, embedded graphics processors will never be a replacement for a powerful discrete GPU…  Discrete GPUs have, and will continue to hold, a multi-year lead over integrated graphics, and software applications and operating systems aren’t standing still. Therefore, the notion that the evolution of integration spells the end of discrete GPUs just isn’t founded.”

We continue to see the rise of GPU computing positively impact the growth of AccelerEyes and are delighted to see so many of our customers achieving great acceleration with Jacket technology.

To the naysayers out there, you might consider giving this a closer look :)


Ludolph September 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

This is good news … because a lot of people are still saying, that current NVIDIA TESLA technology is the death branch of GPGPU development and still waiting for new CPUs with “powerfull” GPU subsystem

Lucian Armasu September 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I disagree. “The people who said that” are right. Integrated graphics will replace most discrete GPU’s from the market, just like the “mobile” discrete GPU’s have replaced most PC GPU’s from the market (meaning not too many people care about them anymore).

Integrated graphics are just now becoming good enough to play HD video and such, and most people don’t care about playing latest games on their laptops. The “ultrabooks” trend should also push the discrete GPU’s out of the market even faster.

But of course professionals will still use discrete GPU’s. I wouldn’t worry too much about Nvidia anyway. They are leading the way in the ARM chip market, and that is ultimately the future for “personal computing” chips. So even though both Intel and AMD are disrupting Nvidia with their integrated graphics, Nvidia is also disrupting them back in an even worse way in the mobile market.

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