Fixstars announced this week that it has released Yellow Dog Enterprise Linux for CUDA, a version of Linux that the company claims is optimized for computing with NVIDIA’s GPUs.
What’s the deal? It looks like this distro bundles a bunch of tools for writing and running CUDA applications into the box, and works some other magic that the company claims will improve the performance of “some” applications
“Yellow Dog’s advance to the x86 architecture is without a doubt a monumental event for the operating system, which had been known for the past 10 years as the Linux distribution for the Power Architecture,” said Akihiro Asahara, the development director of YDEL at the Fixstars Corporation. “Since our mission is to provide optimal multi-core solutions, it is only natural that we have come to release this product. YDEL for CUDA is an OS built by CUDA developers for CUDA developers.”…
Key benefits of Yellow Dog Enterprise Linux for CUDA:
- YDEL for CUDA users can experience up to a 9% performance improvement in some applications.
- Comprehensive support is offered to paid subscriptions with our skilled team able to assist you with both Linux and CUDA.
- YDEL’s unparalleled integrations means everything you need to write and run CUDA applications is included and configured.
- YDEL includes multiple versions of CUDA and can easily switch between them via a setting in a configuration file or an environment variable.
- Never worry about updates affecting your system, Fixstars offers YDEL users greater reliability with our strenuous test procedures that validate GPU computing functionality and performance.
The non-supported version can be had for free for educational use; businesses are required to license the distro for $400/year. More info at the YDEL for CUDA page.