Nvidia's going after a new market with a lineup of chips for the high-performance computing sector.
The Tesla chips can be plugged into a PCI Express slot to drop an additional 500 gigaflops (500 billion floating point operations per second) of performance into a scientific computing workstation. That's a lot of flops for scientists to use when modeling genomes or sizing up potential oil fields.
Nvidia also trotted out a Tesla workstation and server based on the technology. It's a bit of a departure for a company best known for its 3D graphics chips found in the PCs of gamers and media enthusiasts. Intel's Larrabee project and Advanced Micro Devices' Torrenza initiative are also looking at finding ways to let specialized hardware plug into standard systems based on their processors.