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Nvidia upgrades toolkit for GPU programming

Nov 23, 2010, 19:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Nvidia announced the availability of the production release of its CUDA (compute unified device architecture) Toolkit 3.2. This provides performance increases, new math libraries, and advanced cluster management features for developers creating next-generation applications accelerated via GPUs (graphics processing units), the company says.

"CUDA is the computing engine in Nvidia GPUs (graphics processing units), accessible via standard programming languages and claimed to provide dramatic increases in computing performance. The CUDA Toolkit includes all the tools, libraries and documentation developers need to build CUDA C/C++ applications, and is the foundation for many other GPU computing language solutions, the chipmaker says.

"New features and significant enhancements in Toolkit version 3.2 are said to include up to 300 percent performance improvement in CUDA Basic Linear Algebra Subroutines (BLAS, and CUDA BLAS is known as CUBLAS) library routines..."

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