Nvidia to Hit the x86 CPUs With CUDA Capability

We've heard rumors that Nvidia been dipping its toe into the x86 CPU market, and today the graphics company made an announcement related to that – but it's not what you think.

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed that the company will bring its CUDA programming language to "any computer, or any server in the world," with the help of the Portland Group (PGI).

Specifically, this means that systems without Nvidia GPUs will be able to process CUDA code, giving the company its answer to Microsoft's DirectCompute and the more open OpenCL.

Nvidia says that its CUDA without a GPU will run best on multicore CPUs and will be ideal for servers.

(Source: Electronista.)

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  • Onus
    Will it run if an AMD GPU is in the system?
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  • bmadd
    Whats the point of CUDA without a GPU? Multi core or not.
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  • joytech22
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    Whats the point of CUDA without a GPU? Multi core or not.


    Well now you can run CUDA code WITHOUT the need for a Nvidia graphics card and will also allow them to compete with OpenCL and Directcompute.

    And maybe it's cheaper to use what you have already (example in this case, a Supercomputer with say.. 100 CPU's), and would be cheaper to simply use those 100 CPU's instead of spending more cash on GPU's.

    it's all in the text.
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  • bmadd
    Whats the point of CUDA without a GPU? Multi core or not.
    13
  • joytech22
    Quote:
    Whats the point of CUDA without a GPU? Multi core or not.


    Well now you can run CUDA code WITHOUT the need for a Nvidia graphics card and will also allow them to compete with OpenCL and Directcompute.

    And maybe it's cheaper to use what you have already (example in this case, a Supercomputer with say.. 100 CPU's), and would be cheaper to simply use those 100 CPU's instead of spending more cash on GPU's.

    it's all in the text.
    12
  • liveonc
    They've got the best hardware, now they need the whole software community to be able to lend a helping hand. It's okay, they plan to have a GPU that can run without a CPU two steps ahead. A greater CUDA crowd will be beneficial.
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