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NVIDIA CUDA 2.1 Beta Released

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Published on 19 December 2008 09:28 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA
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Just in time before many of NVIDIA's engineers leave for the holidays, the first beta of CUDA 2.1 has been released. The beta for version 2.1 of the Compute Unified Device Architecture brings a few changes to both the SDK and Toolkit.

The only major change in the CUDA 2.1 Beta Toolkit is improved OpenGL interoperability by only copying shared buffers through the host memory when CUDA and OpenGL are running on different GPUs. The CUDA 2.1 Beta SDK brings smokeParticles for volumetric particle shadows samples and a cutil_inline.h header file.

This beta release isn't particularly interesting and what it also lacks is any support for OpenCL layered atop CUDA. Though CUDA 3.0 is already being worked on for introduction in 2009.

To download the 2.1 beta of the CUDA Toolkit or SDK, visit this page. The latest NVIDIA Linux driver at this time remains 180.16.

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