March 11, 2010

GP-GPUs: OpenCL Is Ready For The Heavy Lifting

Douglas Eadline, Ph.D.

CUDA may be the rage, but OpenCL is a standard that has some features you may need.

Before I launch into OpenCL background, I want make a prediction. I believe OpenCL will gain acceptance in much the same way nVidia CUDA has. Like CUDA, OpenCL has a freely available SDK, is based on the C language, and can be explored using low cost video hardware. OpenCL brings two other features to the table, however. These are open standard compliance and support for data-parallelism (GP-GPU) and task-parallelism (CPU) methods.

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