Giz Explains: Snow Leopard's Grand Central Dispatch

You've probably heard about this snow kitty operating system for Macintosh computers. What you might not've heard is exactly how it's supposed to be unleashing the power of all those processor cores crammed inside your computer. » 8/27/09 12:30pm 8/27/09 12:30pm

Giz Explains: GPGPU Computing, and Why It'll Melt Your Face Off

No, I didn't stutter: GPGPU—general-purpose computing on graphics processor units—is what's going to bring hot screaming gaming GPUs to the mainstream, with Windows 7 and Snow Leopard. Finally, everbody's face melts! Here's how. » 5/13/09 3:00pm 5/13/09 3:00pm

Why Windows 7 Is Snappier Than Vista

Most people will tell you that Windows 7 is snappier than Vista, even though the raw numbers say otherwise. But it's not in your head. Windows 7 is more responsive than Vista. Here's why. » 4/30/09 9:50am 4/30/09 9:50am

Nvidia Quadro FX 5800 Claims Most Powerful Graphics Card Ever, Probably…

Nvidia has released what it describes as "the most powerful professional graphics card in graphics history"-the Quadro FX 5800, which packs up to 240 of Nvidia's CUDA independent graphics cores for shouldering some of the load normally handled by the main processor » 11/10/08 10:45am 11/10/08 10:45am as well as 4GB of graphics memory, another claimed…

Windows 7 Getting (Kinda) Optimized for Parallel Processing

Besides looking a lot like Vista » 9/30/08 5:20pm 9/30/08 5:20pm—and —Microsoft has said Windows 7 uses , too, to keep upgrade migraines to a minimum. The problem is that its core ain't so suited to , one of rival Snow Leopard's few headline features. So they're to bring it up to speed and make it more parallel processing friendly. It's actually a…

Wooden Squirrel Cage Machine Obsesses Over Your Thoughts For You

Columbia professor Douglas Irving Repetto designed this crazy looking project which allows humans to write obsessive thoughts on scraps of paper, deposit them in one of seven squirrel cages, and spin them round and round to let the machine obsess for them. Made with grape arbor, glue, rubber bands and a laser cutter,… » 9/18/08 12:15am 9/18/08 12:15am

Microsoft: DirectX 11 To Use GPU For Parallel Processing

DirectX 11 is coming, and it looks pretty awesome. Sure, you get advancements in shading and better support for multi-core machines, but what's really got our heads turning is the concept of letting programmers use the GPU in your video card to do some of the heavy lifting, meaning your graphics chip becomes a second,… » 7/22/08 10:00pm 7/22/08 10:00pm

Giz Explains: Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard Parallel Processing and GPU…

As you've probably heard, the next version of OS X, Snow Leopard, will not wow us with a crazy circus of features like Time Machine and Boot Camp. So why would Apple spend a year programming an OS that they can't boast has over 300 new features? Here's a quick rundown of how Apple is totally rebuilding OS X to take… » 6/18/08 2:00pm 6/18/08 2:00pm

Steve Jobs Explains OS X Snow Leopard in Three Easy Steps

The NY Times has a good interview with Steve Jobs in which Apple's CEO lets fly with very quotable, very understandable quotes about OS X 10.6. We already heard the details, but it was still hard to wrap our head around why Apple would make an operating system without many visible features and just go and change… » 6/10/08 3:03pm 6/10/08 3:03pm