SC07: NVIDIA has announced a new version of its CUDA API for harnessing the power of GPU’s in computation.
This latest version of the CUDA software suite includes support for 64-bit Windows XP and starting with the release of CUDA 1.1, NVIDIA’s standard display drivers will include the CUDA driver, eliminating the need to install specific software and enabling the seamless deployment of CUDA accelerated applications across multiple markets.
CUDA 1.1 for Windows is available today for free download from www.nvidia.com/cuda. CUDA 1.1 for Linux will be available Monday, November 19th.
The company also announced that universities are adopting CUDA as part of their parallel programming curriculum, which I think is a great thing.
“The broad acceptance of CUDA in education is an extremely significant development for the installation of parallel programming courses as a core discipline in the curriculum of today’s computer science student,” said Dr. David Kirk, NVIDIA chief scientist and co-leader of the parallel programming course at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Course materials developed by NVIDIA for university level courses will allow highly parallel architectures, such as the GPU, to drive the future of HPC and ensure that the next generation of programmers understand the strategies necessary to fully exploit parallel computing.”