Here’s another interesting new market for HPC: HD content delivery.
AMD plans on creating a computing system (their “Fusion Render Cloud”) based off of more that 1,000 GPUs along with some Phenom II CPUs. The GPUs alone (ATI Radeon 4870) will provide over one petaflop. This will be used to render HD video and stream it to devices with limited battery and/or processing capabilities, such as some smart phones and ultra-thin notebooks.
The article doesn’t go into great detail on the architecture of this system though (e.g., is it 1,000 nodes each with a Radeon and a Phenom?). Also, the term “cloud” is mentioned so perhaps this will be sold as a cloud service to content providers?