ATI FireGL Workstation Graphics
Source: Advanced Micro Devices
Today's workstation class graphics processing units (GPUs) have surpassed CPUs in terms of complexity and, in some cases, raw processing power. This processing power has enabled software developers to create algorithms that were once thought to be too computationally expensive. Software applications that have taken advantage of these operations provide intensive visualization capabilities and realism that was not possible only a few years ago. Despite the best efforts software developers put forth to insure software applications achieve the maximum performance possible from system hardware, application performance ultimately rests in the hands of the end user. To achieve the highest level of performance possible, the end user must consider 3 factors: Raw workstation hardware performance, Application software performance, Workstation configuration.