By on June 10, 2005

Scientists are harnessing the unused potential in their graphics processors, thanks to Scout:

The Scout programming language, developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in California, US, lets scientists run complex calculations on a computer’s graphics processing unit (GPU) instead of its central processing unit (CPU).

In tests, the graphics processor was able to perform certain types of calculation 12 times faster than a single CPU.

To make the technology much more powerful, McCormick is working on a version of Scout that will work when several computers are linked together.

Via New Scientist (cool video link from the article).