Nvidia has announced the public availability of the latest version of the Nvidia Cuda parallel computing platform and programming model, which delivers support for ARM-based platforms.
Available as a free download at http://developer.nvidia.com/cuda-toolkit, the Cuda 5.5 release candidate brings the power of GPU-accelerated computing to ARM platforms. This new release provides programmers with a robust, easy-to-use platform to develop advanced science, engineering, mobile, and high-performance computing (HPC) applications on ARM and x86 CPU-based systems.
Combining high-performance Cuda-enabled GPU accelerators with low-power ARM-based SoCs enables ARM-based systems to penetrate new markets that require the highest levels of energy-efficient compute performance. These market segments include: defence systems, automotive, energy exploration, mobile computing, robotics, scientific research, HPC and others.
'Since developers started using Cuda in 2006, successive generations of better, exponentially faster Cuda GPUs have dramatically boosted the performance of applications on x86-based systems,' said Ian Buck, general manager of GPU Computing Software at Nvidia. 'With support for ARM, the new Cuda release gives developers tremendous flexibility to quickly and easily add GPU acceleration to applications on the broadest range of next-generation HPC platforms.'