Programming GP-GPUs: Options and Answers

Posted by deadline on Aug 27, 2009 8:55 PM EDT; By Douglas Eadline
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There continues to be plenty of news in the GP-GPU (General Purpose - Graphical Processing Unit) sector. In case you missed the previews, the standard video card now can be used as a data parallel computer right on your desktop!

The graphic chip-sets are now manufactured by two primary sources, NVidia and AMD/ATI. Both companies realize that an HPC market is developing around these devices. The chip-sets are "funded" by the mainstream video market and thus are a very cost effective tool for many HPC users. There are many reasons to get excited about this trend and there are some realities to consider as well. In this article, we are going to focus on what has plagued all forms of parallel computing since the beginning: parallel programming languages.

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