I’ve just come across an article on how Jedox will utilise the Graphics Processing Unit of computers to accelerate performance by upto 40 times.
Interesting stuff. However how many servers out there have high end graphics cards which are normally reserved for games machines and graphics units. Most servers I encounter don’t even have windowing software installed. You simply SSH onto them. Although this might be the case with *nix servers, microsoft have also announced server core a slimmed down MS Server version. This is a good thing, the lighter the core the less programs installed which could offer an attack vector to malicious sources. However this might also mean more servers shipping with simpler graphics cards.
In which case I ponder what would be the best kind of server for palo ? Well I think it could possibly be a mac. Perhaps not an xserve but something like a mac pro since they have high end graphics card by default. Regardless of machine it’s good to see how Jedox are focussing on harnessing the power of the GPU.
It’s interesting to note how Apple have included technology to simply the use of the GPU for general purpose programming in their soon to be announced release of OS X (Snow Leopard). One thing is for sure, if you want optimal performance from future versions of Palo you best stay clear of a low end machine with integrated graphics, such as your run of the mill Dell. Something tells me that there are going to some happy accountants out there soon, with a shiny new desktop computer sporting a blazingly fast graphics card.