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== Definition ==
 
== Definition ==
   
A '''graphics processing unit''' ('''GPU''') (also occasionally called '''visual processing unit''' or '''VPU''') is a dedicated graphics rendering device for a [[personal computer]], [[workstation]], or [[game console]].
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A '''graphics processing unit''' ('''GPU''') (also called '''graphical processing unit''', '''visual processing unit''' or '''VPU''') is
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{{Quote|a [[processor]] normally used to power the [[display]] of [[image]]s and motions on [[computer monitor]]s. However, GPUs are equally suited to performing high end [[computation]]s, such as those conducted on [[supercomputer]]s, at higher speeds than the traditional [[CPU]], or [[central processing unit]].<ref>"Supercomputer Glossary" ([http://www.doe.gov/articles/infographic-everything-you-need-know-about-supercomputers full-text]).</ref>}}
   
 
== Overview ==
 
== Overview ==
   
Modern GPUs are very efficient at [[manipulating]] and [[display]]ing [[computer graphics]], and their highly parallel structure makes them more effective than general-purpose [[CPU]]s for a range of complex [[algorithm]]s. A GPU can sit on top of a [[video card]], or it can be integrated directly into the [[motherboard]]. More than 90% of new [[desktop computer|desktop]] and [[notebook computer]]s have [[integrated]] GPUs, which are usually far less powerful than those on a [[video card]].
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Modern GPUs are very efficient at [[manipulating]] and [[display]]ing [[computer graphics]], and their highly parallel structure makes them more effective than general-purpose [[CPU]]s for a range of complex [[algorithm]]s. A GPU can sit on top of a [[video card]], or it can be [[integrated]] directly into the [[motherboard]]. More than 90% of new [[desktop computer|desktop]] and [[notebook computer]]s have [[integrated]] GPUs, which are usually far less powerful than those on a [[video card]].
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Latest revision as of 01:41, 29 May 2021

Definition[]

A graphics processing unit (GPU) (also called graphical processing unit, visual processing unit or VPU) is

a processor normally used to power the display of images and motions on computer monitors. However, GPUs are equally suited to performing high end computations, such as those conducted on supercomputers, at higher speeds than the traditional CPU, or central processing unit.[1]

Overview[]

Modern GPUs are very efficient at manipulating and displaying computer graphics, and their highly parallel structure makes them more effective than general-purpose CPUs for a range of complex algorithms. A GPU can sit on top of a video card, or it can be integrated directly into the motherboard. More than 90% of new desktop and notebook computers have integrated GPUs, which are usually far less powerful than those on a video card.

References[]

  1. "Supercomputer Glossary" (full-text).