What GPUs can do…

isotopp image Kristian Köhntopp -
October 12, 2017
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Pcgamer reports “Nvidia CEO says Moore’s Law is dead and GPUs wi replace CPUs ”.

Now, Jensen Huang might be a bit biased here, but he reminded us that “GPUs are advancing at a much faster pace than CPUs” and “that GPUs will replace CPUs soon, adding that at this point, designers can hardly work out advanced parallel instruction architectures for CPUs.” So what can a modern GPU do? Well, apparently Font Rendering is still a hard problem for GPUs, and a bottleneck in modern browsers. That’s not to say it’s not being done - the linked article contains lot of pointers. And an older article about the Ubershaders basically explains how the Dolphin GameCube/Wii-Emulator uses modern GPU hardware to live-emulate 2002/2006 GPU hardware, in realtime (for a short time, while the CPU in the background creates more optimised precompiled GPU setups and code).