Nvidia is actually shipping an updated version of its Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)
equipped with a software stack that allows for product design and rendering to be implemented
in real-time on a single device.
Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said that a rack of 19 of these appliances would
pack over 1 petaflops of double-precision floating point performance, which is as much raw
computing as a capability-class supercomputing system costing $500 million would have run only a few years ago.
Google’s cloud services are now priced far below those of its rivals. The company is also reducing
the complexity of its pricing charts and adding automatic price reductions.
The Web giant observes that cloud pricing hasn’t followed Moore’s Law. Cloud prices are falling
by 6 to 8 percent year, while hardware prices have dropped by 20 to 30 percent. Hölzle notes that
the two curves shouldn’t be identical since there are maintenance costs associated with running a
cloud, but they should be closer together.