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  • #16
    There's usually some trial and error

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    • #17
      Originally posted by bridgman View Post
      There's usually some trial and error
      Scary

      Now I understand what you meant my 10 characters limit

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Pahanilmanlintu View Post
        Why does nvidia support opencl with such enthusiasm? I would have expected them to delay their opencl drivers as long as possible to gain a competitive advantage with cuda market share. Not like i'm complaining though, just wondering.
        Simply because it increases the GPU computing market. Cuda offers a solution for programmers who prefer to code but not having to worry about items such as memory management, the C compiler handles that for Cuda and it also serves as a foundation for other API's such as openCL, Fortran, C++, Java, DX11, etc. openCL offers a lower level API which sometimes is more desirable for development but you also have to do things like manage your own memory which can add to code complexity. With openCL support added they can appease both preference of coding.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by deanjo View Post
          Simply because it increases the GPU computing market. Cuda offers a solution for programmers who prefer to code but not having to worry about items such as memory management, the C compiler handles that for Cuda and it also serves as a foundation for other API's such as openCL, Fortran, C++, Java, DX11, etc. openCL offers a lower level API which sometimes is more desirable for development but you also have to do things like manage your own memory which can add to code complexity. With openCL support added they can appease both preference of coding.
          How can it be, that nVidia mostly mentions CUDA and not OpenCL?

          Didn't AMD, nVidia, Intel agree to deprecate CUDA and Close To Metal?

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Louise View Post
            How can it be, that nVidia mostly mentions CUDA and not OpenCL?
            Actually Nvidia has been promoting openCL as well since it's introduction from apple (in fact they were the ones that worked closely with apple to develop it).

            Didn't AMD, nVidia, Intel agree to deprecate CUDA and Close To Metal?
            Nope, they just agreed to have a unified cross platform solution as well. Much like openGL and DirectX. DirectX is windows only but OGL covers all OS's and support for both is strong from the hardware manufacturers.

            BTW intel is also working on their own proprietary solution as well for larabee.
            Last edited by deanjo; 06-17-2009, 08:13 PM.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by hax0r View Post
              Cool, nvidia opens another can of whoopass.
              nVidia: the company whose cans are still closed even after being opened.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Louise View Post
                How can it be, that nVidia mostly mentions CUDA and not OpenCL?

                Didn't AMD, nVidia, Intel agree to deprecate CUDA and Close To Metal?
                CUDA is the architecture. C, Fortran, OpenCL, DX11 Compute, etc. are all programming languages that run on top of CUDA.

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