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With systems such as Road Runner, there is a trend in super computing to offload parallel tasks to special purpose co-processors, composed of many relatively simple scalar processors. The cheaper commodity class equivalent of such a processor would be the graphics card, potentially offering super computer power within the confines of a desktop PC. Graphics cards however are not without problems, these range from the lack of double precision on most cards to a fairly steep drop in performancedoi:10.1109/ispdc.2010.12 dblp:conf/ispdc/BadinBDN10 fatcat:5ggvtf5ai5defpwleykhlsds4e