Tycrid Platform Technologies Inc. announced on January 7, 2008 (at CES) that they have released the world's most power personal workstation. This workstation, known as Titan, utilizes the latest technology in stream processing from NVIDIA to achieve a maximum performance capacity of up to 3 teraflops.
We spoke with Chris Heier, president of Tycrid, while at the Sands Expo and Convention Center during the second day of CES. GPU computing is something we were not familiar with, but as Chris explained, the key behind GPU computing is utilizing the stream processors on NVIDIA graphics cards. These stream processors can provide anywhere from 10x to 100x speedups in your algorithms over conventional CPU cores. According to Tycrid, a single Titan workstation can replace over 50 dual quad-core workstations!
The core of Titan's processing capabilities lies in the NVIDIA Tesla GPU, each capable of up to 518 gigaflops. The ability to utilize Tesla lies in the Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) toolkit, developed by NVIDIA.
“When designing our workstation, Titan, we chose to look at options that both achieve the best performance on the market today, but also make sure that it is ready for anybody to use with Windows or Linux. The system not only gives you world class performance for specialized applications, but also gives you the full support of using these operating systems with all of your applications,” said Heier.
Tycrid has teamed up with one of the leading cooling experts, CoolIT Systems, to design an efficient thermal and acoustics management system for Titan.
The Titan prototype on hand at CES was using two of CoolIT's Dual Drive Bay VGA Coolers to keep the six NVIDIA 8800 GTS cards nice and chilly.
The workstation was designed from the ground up to be both a personal computer, capable of web, email and productivity applications, as well as a supercomputer, capable of doing compute intensive applications, like molecular modeling.
The basic configuration of Titan is available for pre-order, starting at $24,995.