Some time ago, NVIDIA introduced their Tesla line of products. Tesla cards are a series of tweaked GPU cores designed to accelerate and expand upon a workstation’s computational performance by allowing parallelizable applications to be run on the GPU instead of the CPU.
The new systems come with either Core i7 or Nehalem-based dual-Xeon processors and offer the possibility of running up to four 4GB Tesla cards at a cost of around fifteen hundred dollars a piece. It’s no surprise, then, that all that performance doesn’t come cheap; the “low-end” VSC135+ comes in at a $2299 starting price with a Core i7-920 CPU, 6GB of DDR3 and no Tesla expansion. The ultimate VSC255 starts at a whopping $5995 but offers an Intel Xeon X5550 CPU, 12GB of DDR3 and a single NVIDIA Tesla GPGPU accelerator.
The ProMagix line of ‘Visual Supercomputing’ machines comes out of a partnership with James River Technical, Inc.