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GPU on a server: What's that in aid of?

Hi folks,

I wonder what to do with a GPU on a VPS or dedi. What can you use it for? (Besides mining?) Which applications demand a GPU?

Thanks for illuminating me.

Alf

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  • lentrolentro Member, Provider

    Cloud gaming, machine learning, rendering, etc. all require GPUs.

    Cloud mining typically actually isn't profitable (otherwise the host would be doing it themselves, so pricing is typically almost always higher)

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  • Very interesting. I feel servers do a lot more than hosting websites, sending emails and keeping files in a cloud :)

  • lentrolentro Member, Provider

    @alfinderau said: Very interesting. I feel servers do a lot more than hosting websites, sending emails and keeping files in a cloud

    Yes, absolutely :)

    That intelligent chat bot, that self driving car, that new animated movie, that spam filter on your email all have a GPU server involved in some way along the way. The GPU server market is still a pretty small niche -- I think I am the only provider on LET that sells them -- but it's slowly growing :)

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  • I guess all these applications need an extremely powerful GPU.

    My server has a GeForce GT710 1GB. I do not expect any use as the CPU (Xeon E3-1220) will always have more power and be faster...

  • You could use it for Wowza or Plex for example. :)

  • deankdeank Member, Troll

    Consider it this way.

    A CPU is a brain. GPU is a penis.

    CPU is good for general tasks. GPU is good for some specific tasks.

    "Jarland is stupid."

  • I have to think about this comparison :D

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  • MarcoooMarcooo Member, Provider

    O i thought that the gpu was a women because its screams

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  • Plex and AI software. For example a public Go bot or chess bot.

  • duckeeyuckduckeeyuck Member
    edited February 14

    Goldfarming newer mmos, neural nets and encoding.
    I ran a service w/ hashcat with a max of 8chars once.

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  • raindog308raindog308 Administrator, Moderator

    @duckeeyuck said: I ran a service w/ hashcat with a max of 8chars once.

    A, um, "service".

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  • rm_rm_ Member
    edited February 14

    For an MMO client you can leave always online if that allows to gain some benefit in the game (such as earning money via trading or crafting).

    Also for game servers of some fringe games which don't have any dedicated server software, where hosting a game requires the host to run the game itself, which requires a GPU.

  • @raindog308 said: A, um, "service".

    You would submit your handshake/hccapx file >.>

    Will date ur mom 4 vps

  • @duckeeyuck said:
    You would submit your handshake/hccapx file

    Neat. Must have had a lot of people forgetting their own wifi passwords or something... ;)

  • TimboJonesTimboJones Member
    edited February 15

    @deank said:
    Consider it this way.

    A CPU is a brain. GPU is a penis.

    CPU is good for general tasks. GPU is good for some specific tasks.

    I think he understands that, and he's asking what exactly are those specific tasks. So to continue your penis analogy, what other specific tasks does your penis perform?

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