Julie McEnery is NASA's Project Scientist for the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. When she checked her email on March 29, 2012, she was startled to find an automatically generated message stating that in six days, her half-billion-plus dollar satellite was going to cross paths with Cosmos 1805, a Soviet-era spy satellite. The predicted encounter had the two satellites occupying the same coordinates only 30 milliseconds apart. Not only that, but Cosmos was in an orbit moving nearly perpendicular to Fermi such that their collision would be equivalent to tons of high explosives. Essentially total destruction.
NVIDIA has revealed its new range of Fermi-based
Quadro GPUs that the company says deliver performance that is up to five times faster for 3D applications and up to eight times faster for computational simulation. The Quadro Plex 7000 Array is a complete system solution whereas the Quadro 6000, Quadro 5000 and Quadro 4000 are aimed at desktops and workstations. They are all compatible with NVIDIA’s new 3D Vision Pro
active-shutter glasses solution, incorporate the new NVIDIA Scalable Geometry Engine and take advantage of NVIDIA Application Acceleration Engines (AXE).
In what is fast becoming a bit of a trend for ASUS
, the company has leaked the first images of a new in-development monster graphics card called MARS 2. The card will feature dual-Fermi graphics processors, potential triple monitor stereoscopic capabilities and will no doubt require some delicate power supply calculations before it even gets near to a motherboard.
The GeForce GTX460 is NVIDIA
's latest addition it its Fermi-class graphics processors. The company promises monster geometry processing power, life-like DirectX 11 gaming graphics and stereoscopic technology. A couple of hundred dollars will be enough to secure the NVIDIA GPU, but it might also be worth checking out overclocked third party developments.
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space telescope, which was launched on June 11 last year, has borne witness to the most violent gamma-ray burst ever observed – a monster that exceeded the power of 8000 supernovae. The GRB 080916C burst appeared in the Carina constellation, 12.2 billion light years from Earth, and was analyzed by five French teams, which published their results in the February 19 issue of Science Express.