I suspect that if you were with an IT specialist of a major enterprise, and he/she said “let me show you our datacenter” and you walked into a room full of server racks, none of you would be surprised.
I suspect that if the same IT specialist said “let me show you our datacenter”, and you walked into a cubicle farm with a workstation under each desk, you’d be surprised. Huh?
I suspect, in fact, most people who know what GPU computing is, know pretty well what a datacenter is.
I also suspect, that the vast majority of folks asking questions have never actually been concerned about whether they were adhering to the EULA, and have no actual intention of doing so now. I also suspect, that those who wish to follow the EULA can make pretty good sense of what is written there now, and discern its intent.
Although the signal-to-noise ratio is pretty low, it’s evident from reading other forums that there are some level-headed people out there who are reasonable in their expectations, and have done a pretty good job of discerning the intent:
Yes, you do have to pick out the signal from the noise. I think its not hard to do.
The fact that NVIDIA does not expect GeForce products to be used en-masse in server farms is not a secret or a mystery, and has been part of their public positioning for a long time. This merely brings the EULA into consistent alignment with the rest of their positioning.
From that last article, Microway seems to have understood the positioning, a long time ago:
NVIDIA’s warranty on GeForce GPU products explicitly states that the GeForce products are not designed for installation in servers. Running GeForce GPUs in a server system will void the warranty. From NVIDIA’s manufacturer warranty website:
Warranted Product is intended for consumer end user purposes only, and is not intended for datacenter use and/or GPU cluster commercial deployments (“Enterprise Use”). Any use of Warranted Product for Enterprise Use shall void this warranty.[/b]
But now we suddenly have no idea what a datacenter is? Or what NVIDIA could possibly mean with this incredibly bizarre and arcane wording?