abbreviation or noun

variants or less commonly gpu
plural GPUs also gpus
: a specialized CPU designed to efficiently perform calculations for generating computer graphics
A GPU can deliver hundreds of billions of operations per second—some GPUs more than a teraflop, or a trillion operations per second—while requiring only slightly more electrical power and cooling than a CPU.Andrea Di Blas et al.

Examples of GPU in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the race is far from over, a more powerful GPU allows more capable AI models to give better answers, faster. Joe Mullich, TIME, 30 May 2024 The connection takes advantage of the CPU and GPU’s proximity to each other on one board, and achieves a bandwidth of 900 gigabits per second, about 7 times as fast as the latest PCIe gen5 interconnects. IEEE Spectrum, 24 May 2024 Either model comes equipped with a Qualcomm Adreno GPU. Wes Davis, The Verge, 20 May 2024 Net can access market-leading NVIDIA GPU technologies without the burden of significant and costly upfront capital spend. Miami Herald, 21 May 2024 Nvidia went from a relatively unknown maker of GPU computer chips to one of the most valuable companies in the world, more than tripling in value to a $2 trillion+ market cap. Tyler Shepherd, USA TODAY, 15 May 2024 Provide affordable access to computing power through GPU credits or cloud resources Training cutting-edge AI models requires immense processing power in the form of high-performance GPUs. Victor Riparbelli, Fortune Europe, 17 Apr. 2024 Sony says these lower frequencies are rare and that unused power on the CPU side is sent to the GPU. Tom Warren, The Verge, 15 Apr. 2024 But, looming in the background is Nvidia’s next GPU, the Blackwell B200, expected to arrive later this year. IEEE Spectrum, 9 Apr. 2024

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Word History


graphics processing unit

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of GPU was in 1973

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“GPU.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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