Balancing the benefits and costs of GPUs

Speed is the key


If there is a group of people hungrier for computer power than derivatives traders and risk managers, it is computer gamers. They demand full three-dimensional action and instant response to their controls. In fact, so insistent are gamers on performance that a whole hardware and software industry has grown up to satisfy them, resulting in specialised graphics processing units (GPUs) and high-performance programming languages.

This technology has been evolving in leaps and bounds in recent

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