Nvidia CUDA software ported to open source RISC-V GPGPU project #RISCV #CUDA @TomsHardware

RISC-V continues to make inroads into all corners of computing, with the advantage of it being open-source and license-free.

Tom’s Hardware reports on a project that designed a general-purpose GPU based on RISC-V ISA, and now we are witnessing a port of Nvidia’s CUDA software library to the Vortex RISC-V GPGPU platform.

CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) represents a unique computing platform and application programming interface (API) that runs on Nvidia’s lineup of graphics cards. When applications are coded for CUDA support, whenever a system spots a CUDA-based GPU, it gets massive GPU acceleration of the code.

Researchers have examined a way to enable CUDA software toolkit support on a RISC-V GPGPU project called Vortex. The Vortex RISC-V GPGPU aims to provide a full-system RISC-V GPU based on RV32IMF ISA. That means 32-bit cores that can be scaled from 1-core to 32-core GPU designs. It supports OpenCL 1.2 graphics API, and today it got support for some CUDA action as well.

Read more on Tom’s Hardware and in the research paper.


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