Friday, March 30, 2018

The World’s Largest Telescope Relies on GPUs

The universe’s oldest, most distant galaxies may hold clues about the future of our own. But even with the world’s largest telescope, scientists won’t be able to see those galaxies clearly without our GPUs. 

The European-Extremely Large Telescope, or E-ELT, will capture images 15 times sharper than the dazzling shots the Hubble telescope has beamed to Earth for the past three decades. Set to begin operations in 2024 on a Chilean mountaintop, it will gather more than 200 times more light than the Hubble, lighting the way for scientists to peer into galaxies far, far away and study the universe in unprecedented detail.