Mac OS X 10.6 to utilise GPU Acceleration

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Mac OS X 10.6 to utilise GPU Acceleration
The folks at Apple have been busily working on their next release of Mac OS X code-named Snow Leopard. While the release doesn't really promise anything new feature-wise; it has however, a distinct focus on performance. According to Apple they are making a concerted effort in this area for future versions of the Operating System:
...rather than new eye candy, Snow Leopard may turn out to be a critical transitional release that lays the foundation for future OS X features.
One of these 'interesting' new performance features that we can expect from Snow Leopard is GPU acceleration.
Snow Leopard is optimized for multi-core processors using a new technology called “GrandCentral”, which appears to become a simplified development platform for multi-threaded OS X applications. The new OS will also raise the memory limit to 16 TB and support Open Computing Language (OpenCL), a C-based programming language that lets “any application tap into the vast gigaflops of GPU computing power previously available only to graphics applications”. GPU support may be the most critical feature of the operating system and given the implications of available hardware we have to scratch our head why Microsoft hasn’t come up with a similar idea for Windows yet. If it was up to us, we would take GPU support over multi-touch on the desktop any day.
According to the source article, Snow Leopard includes out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange 2007 and is scheduled to ship “in about a year”.
Big things ahead for Apple it seems...
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07-06-2008, 11:58:42

... *cough* in my senior years.. they had IBMPcs, some crappy Pii or so 286/386, with S-virge something or other, in general, Amigas in the graphics rooms and Macintosh in the office sections.

.. and they were teaching 8086 and 68k assembly, how times change :p

07-06-2008, 13:44:05

PP Mguire
Well my school was actualy pretty poor but i think they upgraded their PCs since i graduatated too. I think they might be running C2s or PDs.

07-06-2008, 13:49:19

It`s an awkward situation for donators I *think*, nat would probably have a better picture of it, but if a firm decided they wanted to donate 100 pcs (for example), of pretty good standing, to a education faculty, it`s the maintainance that becomes a pita.

100 pcs, cost a firm relatively little with their contacts, could even be expired assets or something.

Then the IT contractors to the school get a flee in their ear about supporting them and so on.

07-06-2008, 14:54:27

Just be thankful you don't have to work on Citrix with a WYSE Winterm instead of a PC, that's all I can say

Sure we got a whole load of server hardware, but I HATE terminals

10-06-2008, 11:02:51

My desktop PC at work is terrible :'(

Asus Rampage Extreme
Nvidia GTX 280
2 x 500GB Hard Disks.
24" Monitor.

Woot. :D

10-06-2008, 11:07:35


My desktop PC at work is terrible :'(

Asus Rampage Extreme
Nvidia GTX 280
2 x 500GB Hard Disks.
24" Monitor.

Woot. :D

Oh, yeah! Completely Naff that.. :p

10-06-2008, 17:31:05

I never complained about our school's computers - they were decent, but the damn logging in time was like 10-20 minutes, but at those rare occasions it would just login quick.

Specs were:
Intel Pentium 4 2.8ghz
4x 256MB ram
40GB Hard Drive
Intel Motherboard

10-06-2008, 17:54:28


Wow what college do you got to?

Ours are the same, nearly all dual core machines now.

11-06-2008, 10:39:39

Currently on the worst machines - omg they are slow

Celeron 2.4
1gb of ram
some intel onboard

i mean 1gb of ram dont sound bad but for some reason they are DIRE!

on a side note...i just realised we have SP3?!

11-06-2008, 18:06:03

My schools laptops are on T5500's.. Not that fast though, probably because its clogged with all that crap school shove on it. :p

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