decent gpu from intel?
That would be a first...
Larabee may look interesting on paper and indeed, nvidia sticking their nose right into HPC business may prod intel to actually do something about their laughable gpu line, but I won't believe it 'till I see it.
The crapware most of today's notebooks on the reference platform run on is a prime example of intel's utter incompetence when it comes to gpus. Hail the day when an intel graphics chip gives a 2 year old midrange Nvidia at least a decent competition.
@AC: hybrid computing so far seems to be a cheap way of getting around the silicon limitations we are facing today. FPGAs are still out there, but GPUs are now ready and acessible to a very large audience. There is also an advantage of pressing multicore processing education onto developers, who were frustrated with lack of single-core processing power.
AFAIK, GPUs won't save the world either, but hybrid computing seems an interesting and effective alternative for specific tasks, right until someone comes up with anything better.