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NVIDIA reveals GPUs for blade servers, Linux desktop support

Crazy Operations Guy

Re: Open Source?

Its always bothered me that there isn't some kind of standard instruction set that video cards must support. I figure that the PCIe working group should enforce such a thing before a video card can get a PCI ID, such as requiring that a card support a specific version of OpenGL using a well-known byte-code / mnemonic to execute such instructions. Especially make it so that GPUs could still execute a wide range of 3D operations without needing a driver, but a driver could be used to support advanced features.

This would be similar to the way CPUs work where the OS will run smoothly without a driver, but isn't able to use the accelerated encryption instructions or media streaming bits until a driver is installed.

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