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NVIDIA updated CUDA to 2.1 beta

Written by IT News on 3:14 AM

NVIDIA has been reported recently released a new version of its CUDA platform, a technology that is known to take advantage of GPGPU capacity graphic solutions company. Release does not come with new features, but the SDK has been added support for Windows Vista, Red Hat Linux, and Visual Studio 2008 in Windows XP.

The newly announced OpenCL standard set to make changes in GPGPU faster computers landscape, but the green it does not seem willing to let its CUDA platform to the side, even if it is based on a proprietary method to unlock the power of the graphics card maker's chips.

Version 2.1 beta of CUDA is offered as a free download, and it is that comes with Windows Vista support for Tesla products and 32-bit debugger support for CUDA on RedHat Enterprise Linux 5.x, as a separate download. This released also support Visual Studio 2008 on Windows XP and Vista, and Just-In-Time (JIT) compilation of applications, which dynamically generate CUDA kernels.

NVIDIA also said to have taken new interoperability API for Direct3D 9 and Direct3D 10 meant to speed up communication with DirectX applications. The OpenGL interoperability benefits of a series of improvements. Moreover, support for newer versions of Linux, including Fedora 9, OpenSuse 11 and Ubuntu 8.04, have been highlighted in the new version.

Santa Clara graphics card maker has recently announced its SDK can be used by developers to create platform-independent OpenCL-based GPGPU applications. For ordinary GPGPU software, proprietary developer’s solutions CUDA left some form of a roadblock. As many of you already know, NVIDIA announced earlier this year its plans to release an x86 multi-core processor version of CUDA. The release has been delayed for the fourth quarter of this year, but there are some voices suggesting that the x 86 platforms cannot be started at all.

Currently, the only convincing solution development in the area seems to be OpenCL an application with the support not only on NVIDIA and AMD graphic solutions, but Intel's upcoming Larrabee graphics accelerator also.

The CUDA SDK 2.1 beta is available for download. The new CUDA toolkit is available on NVIDIA's website.

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