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A parallel computing platform and programming model
Developer(s) NVIDIA Corporation
Initial release June 23, 2007; 14 years ago (2007-06-23)
Stable release 7.5 / September 8, 2015; 6 years ago (2015-09-08)
Operating system Windows XP and later,
Mac OS X, Linux
Platform Supported GPUs
License Freeware

CUDA is a parallel computing platform and application programming interface (API) model created by NVIDIA.[1] It allows software developers to use a CUDA-enabled graphics processing unit (GPU) for general purpose processing – an approach known as GPGPU. The CUDA platform is a software layer that gives direct access to the GPU's virtual instruction set and parallel computational elements.[2]

The CUDA platform is designed to work with programming languages such as C, C++ and Fortran. This accessibility makes it easier for specialists in parallel programming to utilize GPU resources, as opposed to previous API solutions like Direct3D and OpenGL, which required advanced skills in graphics programming. Also, CUDA supports programming frameworks such as OpenACC and OpenCL.[2] When it was first introduced by NVIDIA, the name CUDA was an acronym for Compute Unified Device Architecture,[3] but NVIDIA subsequently dropped the use of the acronym.


The GPU, as a specialized processor, addresses the demands of real-time high-resolution 3D graphics compute-intensive tasks. As of 2012, GPUs have evolved into highly parallel multi-core systems allowing very efficient manipulation of large blocks of data. This design is more effective than general-purpose CPUs for algorithms in situations where processing of large blocks of data is done in parallel, such as:

Programming capabilities

Example of CUDA processing flow
1. Copy data from main mem to GPU mem
2. CPU instructs the process to GPU
3. GPU execute parallel in each core
4. Copy the result from GPU mem to main mem

The CUDA platform is accessible to software developers through CUDA-accelerated libraries, compiler directives such as OpenACC, and extensions to industry-standard programming languages including C, C++ and Fortran. C/C++ programmers use 'CUDA C/C++', compiled with "nvcc" – NVIDIA's LLVM-based C/C++ compiler.[4] Fortran programmers can use 'CUDA Fortran', compiled with the PGI CUDA Fortran compiler from The Portland Group.

In addition to libraries, compiler directives, CUDA C/C++ and CUDA Fortran, the CUDA platform supports other computational interfaces, including the Khronos Group's OpenCL,[5] Microsoft's DirectCompute, OpenGL Compute Shaders and C++ AMP.[6] Third party wrappers are also available for Python, Perl, Fortran, Java, Ruby, Lua, Haskell, R, MATLAB, IDL, and native support in Mathematica.

In the computer game industry, GPUs are used not only for graphics rendering but also in game physics calculations (physical effects such as debris, smoke, fire, fluids); examples include PhysX and Bullet. CUDA has also been used to accelerate non-graphical applications in computational biology, cryptography and other fields by an order of magnitude or more.[7][8][9][10][11]

CUDA provides both a low level API and a higher level API. The initial CUDA SDK was made public on 15 February 2007, for Microsoft Windows and Linux. Mac OS X support was later added in version 2.0,[12] which supersedes the beta released February 14, 2008.[13] CUDA works with all Nvidia GPUs from the G8x series onwards, including GeForce, Quadro and the Tesla line. CUDA is compatible with most standard operating systems. Nvidia states that programs developed for the G8x series will also work without modification on all future Nvidia video cards, due to binary compatibility.[citation needed]


CUDA has several advantages over traditional general-purpose computation on GPUs (GPGPU) using graphics APIs:

  • Scattered reads – code can read from arbitrary addresses in memory
  • Unified virtual memory (CUDA 4.0 and above)
  • Unified memory (CUDA 6.0 and above)
  • Shared memory – CUDA exposes a fast shared memory region that can be shared amongst threads. This can be used as a user-managed cache, enabling higher bandwidth than is possible using texture lookups.[14]
  • Faster downloads and readbacks to and from the GPU
  • Full support for integer and bitwise operations, including integer texture lookups


  • CUDA does not support the full C standard, as it runs host code through a C++ compiler, which makes some valid C (but invalid C++) code fail to compile.[15][16]
  • Interoperability with rendering languages such as OpenGL is one-way, with OpenGL having access to registered CUDA memory but CUDA not having access to OpenGL memory.
  • Copying between host and device memory may incur a performance hit due to system bus bandwidth and latency (this can be partly alleviated with asynchronous memory transfers, handled by the GPU's DMA engine)
  • Threads should be running in groups of at least 32 for best performance, with total number of threads numbering in the thousands. Branches in the program code do not affect performance significantly, provided that each of 32 threads takes the same execution path; the SIMD execution model becomes a significant limitation for any inherently divergent task (e.g. traversing a space partitioning data structure during ray tracing).
  • Unlike OpenCL, CUDA-enabled GPUs are only available from Nvidia[17]
  • No emulator or fallback functionality is available for modern revisions
  • Valid C/C++ may sometimes be flagged and prevent compilation due to optimization techniques the compiler is required to employ to use limited resources.
  • A single process must run spread across multiple disjoint memory spaces, unlike other C language runtime environments.
  • C++ Run-Time Type Information (RTTI) is not supported in CUDA code, due to lack of support in the underlying hardware.
  • Exception handling is not supported in CUDA code due to performance overhead that would be incurred with many thousands of parallel threads running.
  • CUDA (with compute capability 2.x) allows a subset of C++ class functionality, for example member functions may not be virtual (this restriction will be removed in some future release). [See CUDA C Programming Guide 3.1 – Appendix D.6]
  • In single precision on first generation CUDA compute capability 1.x devices, denormal numbers are not supported and are instead flushed to zero, and the precisions of the division and square root operations are slightly lower than IEEE 754-compliant single precision math. Devices that support compute capability 2.0 and above support denormal numbers, and the division and square root operations are IEEE 754 compliant by default. However, users can obtain the previous faster gaming-grade math of compute capability 1.x devices if desired by setting compiler flags to disable accurate divisions, disable accurate square roots, and enable flushing denormal numbers to zero.[18]

Supported GPUs

Compute capability table (version of CUDA supported) by GPU and card. Also available directly from Nvidia:

Microarchitecture GPUs Cards
1.0 Tesla G80 GeForce 8800 Ultra, GeForce 8800 GTX, GeForce 8800 GTS(G80), Quadro FX 5600, Quadro FX 4600, Quadro Plex 2100 S4, Tesla C870, Tesla D870, Tesla S870
1.1 G92, G94, G96, G98, G84, G86 GeForce GTS 250, GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX, GeForce 9800 GT, GeForce 8800 GTS(G92), GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 9600 GT, GeForce 9500 GT, GeForce 9400 GT, GeForce 8600 GTS, GeForce 8600 GT, GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce G110M, GeForce 9300M GS, GeForce 9200M GS, GeForce 9100M G, GeForce 8400M GT, GeForce G105M, Quadro FX 4700 X2, Quadro FX 3700, Quadro FX 1800, Quadro FX 1700, Quadro FX 580, Quadro FX 570, Quadro FX 470, Quadro FX 380, Quadro FX 370, Quadro FX 370 Low Profile, Quadro NVS 450, Quadro NVS 420, Quadro NVS 290, Quadro NVS 295, Quadro Plex 2100 D4, Quadro FX 3800M, Quadro FX 3700M, Quadro FX 3600M, Quadro FX 2800M, Quadro FX 2700M, Quadro FX 1700M, Quadro FX 1600M, Quadro FX 770M, Quadro FX 570M, Quadro FX 370M, Quadro FX 360M, Quadro NVS 320M, Quadro NVS 160M, Quadro NVS 150M, Quadro NVS 140M, Quadro NVS 135M, Quadro NVS 130M, Quadro NVS 450, Quadro NVS 420, Quadro NVS 295
1.2 GT218, GT216, GT215 GeForce GT 340*, GeForce GT 330*, GeForce GT 320*, GeForce 315*, GeForce 310*, GeForce GT 240, GeForce GT 220, GeForce 210, GeForce GTS 360M, GeForce GTS 350M, GeForce GT 335M, GeForce GT 330M, GeForce GT 325M, GeForce GT 240M, GeForce G210M, GeForce 310M, GeForce 305M, Quadro FX 380 Low Profile, NVIDIA NVS 300, Quadro FX 1800M, Quadro FX 880M, Quadro FX 380M, NVIDIA NVS 300, NVS 5100M, NVS 3100M, NVS 2100M, ION
1.3 GT200, GT200b GeForce GTX 295, GTX 285, GTX 280, GeForce GTX 275, GeForce GTX 260, Quadro FX 5800, Quadro FX 4800, Quadro FX 4800 for Mac, Quadro FX 3800, Quadro CX, Quadro Plex 2200 D2, Tesla C1060, Tesla S1070, Tesla M1060
2.0 Fermi GF100, GF110 GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 580, GeForce GTX 570, GeForce GTX 480, GeForce GTX 470, GeForce GTX 465, GeForce GTX 480M, Quadro 6000, Quadro 5000, Quadro 4000, Quadro 4000 for Mac, Quadro Plex 7000, Quadro 5010M, Quadro 5000M, Tesla C2075, Tesla C2050/C2070, Tesla M2050/M2070/M2075/M2090
2.1 GF104, GF106 GF108, GF114, GF116, GF117, GF119 GeForce GTX 560 Ti, GeForce GTX 550 Ti, GeForce GTX 460, GeForce GTS 450, GeForce GTS 450*, GeForce GT 640 (GDDR3), GeForce GT 630, GeForce GT 620, GeForce GT 610, GeForce GT 520, GeForce GT 440, GeForce GT 440*, GeForce GT 430, GeForce GT 430*, GeForce GT 420*, GeForce GTX 675M, GeForce GTX 670M, GeForce GT 635M, GeForce GT 630M, GeForce GT 625M, GeForce GT 720M, GeForce GT 620M, GeForce 710M, GeForce 610M, GeForce GTX 580M, GeForce GTX 570M, GeForce GTX 560M, GeForce GT 555M, GeForce GT 550M, GeForce GT 540M, GeForce GT 525M, GeForce GT 520MX, GeForce GT 520M, GeForce GTX 485M, GeForce GTX 470M, GeForce GTX 460M, GeForce GT 445M, GeForce GT 435M, GeForce GT 420M, GeForce GT 415M, GeForce 710M, GeForce 410M, Quadro 2000, Quadro 2000D, Quadro 600, Quadro 410, Quadro 4000M, Quadro 3000M, Quadro 2000M, Quadro 1000M, NVS 5400M, NVS 5200M, NVS 4200M
3.0 Kepler GK104, GK106, GK107 GeForce GTX 770, GeForce GTX 760, GeForce GT 740, GeForce GTX 690, GeForce GTX 680, GeForce GTX 670, GeForce GTX 660 Ti, GeForce GTX 660, GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST, GeForce GTX 650 Ti, GeForce GTX 650, GeForce GTX 880M, GeForce GTX 780M, GeForce GTX 770M, GeForce GTX 765M, GeForce GTX 760M, GeForce GTX 680MX, GeForce GTX 680M, GeForce GTX 675MX, GeForce GTX 670MX, GeForce GTX 660M, GeForce GT 750M, GeForce GT 650M, GeForce GT 745M, GeForce GT 645M, GeForce GT 740M, GeForce GT 730M, GeForce GT 640M, GeForce GT 640M LE, GeForce GT 735M, GeForce GT 730M, Quadro K5000, Quadro K4200, Quadro K4000, Quadro K2000, Quadro K2000D, Quadro K600, Quadro K420, Quadro K500M, Quadro K510M, Quadro K610M, Quadro K1000M, Quadro K2000M, Quadro K1100M, Quadro K2100M, Quadro K3000M, Quadro K3100M, Quadro K4000M, Quadro K5000M, Quadro K4100M, Quadro K5100M, Tesla K10
3.2 Tegra K1 Jetson TK1 (SoC)
3.5 GK110, GK208 GeForce GTX TITAN Z, GeForce GTX TITAN Black, GeForce GTX TITAN, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GeForce GTX 780, GeForce GT 640 (GDDR5), GeForce GT 630 v2, GeForce GT 730, GeForce GT 720, Quadro K6000, Quadro K5200, Tesla K40, Tesla K20x, Tesla K20, GeForce GT 740M (64-bit , DDR3)
3.7 GK210 Tesla K80
5.0 Maxwell GM107, GM108 GeForce GTX 750 Ti, GeForce GTX 750, GeForce GTX 960M, GeForce GTX 950M, GeForce 940M, GeForce 930M, GeForce GTX 860M, GeForce GTX 850M, GeForce 845M, GeForce 840M, GeForce 830M, Quadro K2200, Quadro K1200, Quadro K620, Quadro M2000M, Quadro M1000M, Quadro M600M, Quadro K620M
5.2 GM200, GM204, GM206 GeForce GTX TITAN X, GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GeForce GTX 980, GeForce GTX 970, GeForce GTX 960, GeForce GTX 950, GeForce GTX 750 SE, GeForce GTX 980M, GeForce GTX 970M, GeForce GTX 965M, Quadro M6000, Quadro M5000, Quadro M4000, Quadro M5000M, Quadro M4000M, Quadro M3000M,
5.3 Tegra X1 Jetson TX1

'*' - OEM-only products

A table of devices officially supporting CUDA:[17]

Nvidia GeForce
GeForce GTX 980 Ti
GeForce GTX 980
GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 960
GeForce GTX 950
GeForce GTX 750 SE
GeForce GTX Titan Z
GeForce GTX TITAN Black
GeForce GTX 780 Ti
GeForce GTX 780
GeForce GTX 770
GeForce GTX 760
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
GeForce GTX 750
GeForce GT 740
GeForce GT 730
GeForce GTX 690
GeForce GTX 680
GeForce GTX 670
GeForce GTX 660 Ti
GeForce GTX 660
GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST
GeForce GTX 650 Ti
GeForce GTX 650
GeForce GT 640
GeForce GT 630
GeForce GT 620
GeForce GT 610
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 580
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
GeForce GTX 560
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
GeForce GT 520
GeForce GTX 480
GeForce GTX 470
GeForce GTX 465
GeForce GTX 460
GeForce GTX 460 SE
GeForce GTS 450
GeForce GT 440
GeForce GT 430
GeForce GT 420
GeForce GTX 295
GeForce GTX 285
GeForce GTX 280
GeForce GTX 275
GeForce GTX 260
GeForce GTS 250
GeForce GTS 240
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 220
GeForce 210/G210
GeForce GT 140
GeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce 9800 GTX+
GeForce 9800 GTX
GeForce 9800 GT
GeForce 9600 GSO
GeForce 9600 GT
GeForce 9500 GT
GeForce 9400 GT
GeForce 9400 mGPU
GeForce 9300 mGPU
GeForce 9100 mGPU
GeForce 8800 Ultra
GeForce 8800 GTX
GeForce 8800 GTS
GeForce 8800 GT
GeForce 8800 GS
GeForce 8600 GTS
GeForce 8600 GT
GeForce 8600 mGT
GeForce 8500 GT
GeForce 8400 GS
GeForce 8300 mGPU
GeForce 8200 mGPU
GeForce 8100 mGPU

Nvidia GeForce Mobile
GeForce GTX 980M
GeForce GTX 970M
GeForce GTX 965M
GeForce GTX 960M
GeForce GTX 950M
GeForce 940M
GeForce 930M
GeForce GTX 880M
GeForce GTX 870M
GeForce GTX 860M
GeForce GTX 850M
GeForce 845M
GeForce 840M
GeForce 830M
GeForce GTX 780M
GeForce GTX 770M
GeForce GTX 765M
GeForce GTX 760M
GeForce GT 750M
GeForce GT 745M
GeForce GT 740M
GeForce GT 735M
GeForce GT 730M
GeForce GTX 680MX
GeForce GTX 680M
GeForce GTX 675MX
GeForce GTX 675M
GeForce GTX 670MX
GeForce GTX 670M
GeForce GTX 660M
GeForce GT 650M
GeForce GT 645M
GeForce GT 640M
GeForce GTX 580M
GeForce GTX 570M
GeForce GTX 560M
GeForce GT 555M
GeForce GT 550M
GeForce GT 540M
GeForce GT 525M
GeForce GT 520M
GeForce GTX 480M
GeForce GTX 470M
GeForce GTX 460M
GeForce GT 445M
GeForce GT 435M
GeForce GT 425M
GeForce GT 420M
GeForce GT 415M
GeForce 410M
GeForce GTX 285M
GeForce GTX 280M
GeForce GTX 260M
GeForce GTS 360M
GeForce GTS 350M
GeForce GTS 260M
GeForce GTS 250M
GeForce GT 335M
GeForce GT 330M
GeForce GT 325M
GeForce GT 320M
GeForce 310M
GeForce GT 240M
GeForce GT 230M
GeForce GT 220M
GeForce G210M
GeForce GTS 160M
GeForce GTS 150M
GeForce GT 130M
GeForce GT 120M
GeForce G110M
GeForce G105M
GeForce G103M
GeForce G102M
GeForce G100
GeForce 9800M GTX
GeForce 9800M GTS
GeForce 9800M GT
GeForce 9800M GS
GeForce 9700M GTS
GeForce 9700M GT
GeForce 9650M GT
GeForce 9650M GS
GeForce 9600M GT
GeForce 9600M GS
GeForce 9500M GS
GeForce 9500M G
GeForce 9400M G
GeForce 9300M GS
GeForce 9300M G
GeForce 9200M GS
GeForce 9100M G
GeForce 8800M GTX
GeForce 8800M GTS
GeForce 8700M GT
GeForce 8600M GT
GeForce 8600M GS
GeForce 8400M GT
GeForce 8400M GS
GeForce 8400M G
GeForce 8200M G
Nvidia Quadro
Quadro M6000
Quadro M5000
Quadro M4000
Quadro K6000
Quadro K5200
Quadro K5000
Quadro K4200
Quadro K4000
Quadro K2200
Quadro K2000D
Quadro K2000
Quadro K1200
Quadro K620
Quadro K600
Quadro K420
Quadro 6000
Quadro 5000
Quadro 4000
Quadro 2000
Quadro 600
Quadro FX 5800
Quadro FX 5600
Quadro FX 4800
Quadro FX 4700 X2
Quadro FX 4600
Quadro FX 3800
Quadro FX 3700
Quadro FX 1800
Quadro FX 1700
Quadro FX 580
Quadro FX 570
Quadro FX 380
Quadro FX 370
Quadro NVS 510
Quadro NVS 450
Quadro NVS 420
Quadro NVS 295
Quadro Plex 1000 Model IV
Quadro Plex 1000 Model S4
Nvidia Quadro Mobile
Quadro M5000M
Quadro M4000M
Quadro M3000M
Quadro M2000M
Quadro M1000M
Quadro M600M
Quadro K5100M
Quadro K5000M
Quadro K4100M
Quadro K4000M
Quadro K3100M
Quadro K3000M
Quadro K2200M
Quadro K2100M
Quadro K2000M
Quadro K1100M
Quadro K1000M
Quadro K620M
Quadro K610M
Quadro K510M
Quadro K500M
Quadro 5010M
Quadro 5000M
Quadro 4000M
Quadro 3000M
Quadro 2000M
Quadro 1000M
Quadro FX 3800M
Quadro FX 3700M
Quadro FX 3600M
Quadro FX 2800M
Quadro FX 2700M
Quadro FX 1800M
Quadro FX 1700M
Quadro FX 1600M
Quadro FX 880M
Quadro FX 770M
Quadro FX 570M
Quadro FX 380M
Quadro FX 370M
Quadro FX 360M
Quadro NVS 320M
Quadro NVS 160M
Quadro NVS 150M
Quadro NVS 140M
Quadro NVS 135M
Quadro NVS 130M
Nvidia Tesla
Tesla K80
Tesla K40
Tesla K20X
Tesla K20
Tesla K10
Tesla C2050/2070
Tesla M2050/M2070
Tesla S2050
Tesla S1070
Tesla M1060
Tesla C1060
Tesla C870
Tesla D870
Tesla S870

Version features and specifications

Feature support (unlisted features are
supported for all compute capabilities)
Compute capability (version)
1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.x 3.0 3.5 3.7 5.0 5.2
Integer atomic functions operating on
32-bit words in global memory
No Yes
atomicExch() operating on 32-bit
floating point values in global memory
Integer atomic functions operating on
32-bit words in shared memory
No Yes
atomicExch() operating on 32-bit
floating point values in shared memory
Integer atomic functions operating on
64-bit words in global memory
Warp vote functions
Double-precision floating-point operations No Yes
Atomic functions operating on 64-bit
integer values in shared memory
No Yes
Floating-point atomic addition operating on
32-bit words in global and shared memory
Surface functions
3D grid of thread block
Warp shuffle functions No Yes
Funnel shift No Yes
Dynamic parallelism
Feature support (unlisted features are
supported for all compute capabilities)
1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.x 3.0 3.5 3.7 5.0 5.2
Compute capability (version)
Technical specifications Compute capability (version)
1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.x 3.0 3.5 3.7 5.0 5.2
Maximum dimensionality of grid of thread blocks 2 3
Maximum x-dimension of a grid of thread blocks 65535 231-1
Maximum y-, or z-dimension of a grid of thread blocks 65535
Maximum dimensionality of thread block 3
Maximum x- or y-dimension of a block 512 1024
Maximum z-dimension of a block 64
Maximum number of threads per block 512 1024
Warp size 32
Maximum number of resident blocks per multiprocessor 8 16 32
Maximum number of resident warps per multiprocessor 24 32 48 64
Maximum number of resident threads per multiprocessor 768 1024 1536 2048
Number of 32-bit registers per multiprocessor 8 K 16 K 32 K 64 K 128 K 64 K
Maximum number of 32-bit registers per thread 124 63 255
Maximum amount of shared memory per multiprocessor 16 KB 48 KB 112 KB 64 KB 96 KB
Number of shared memory banks 16 32
Amount of local memory per thread 16 KB 512 KB
Constant memory size 64 KB
Cache working set per multiprocessor for constant memory 8 KB 10 KB
Cache working set per multiprocessor for texture memory Device dependent, between 6 KB and 8 KB 12 KB Between 12 KB
and 48 KB
24 KB 48 KB
Maximum width for 1D texture
reference bound to a CUDA array
8192 65536
Maximum width for 1D texture
reference bound to linear memory
Maximum width and number of layers
for a 1D layered texture reference
8192 × 512 16384 × 2048
Maximum width and height for 2D
texture reference bound to a CUDA array
65536 × 32768 65536 × 65535
Maximum width and height for 2D
texture reference bound to a linear memory
65000 × 65000
Maximum width and height for 2D
texture reference bound to a CUDA array
supporting texture gather
N/A 16384 × 16384
Maximum width, height, and number
of layers for a 2D layered texture reference
8192 × 8192 × 512 16384 × 16384 × 2048
Maximum width, height and depth
for a 3D texture reference bound to linear
memory or a CUDA array
2048 × 2048 × 2048 4096 × 4096 × 4096
Maximum width and number of layers
for a cubemap layered texture reference
N/A 16384 × 2046
Maximum number of textures that
can be bound to a kernel
128 256
Maximum width for a 1D surface
reference bound to a CUDA array
Maximum width and number of layers
for a 1D layered surface reference
65536 × 2048
Maximum width and height for a 2D
surface reference bound to a CUDA array
65536 × 32768
Maximum width, height, and number
of layers for a 2D layered surface reference
65536 × 32768 × 2048
Maximum width, height, and depth
for a 3D surface reference bound to a CUDA array
65536 × 32768 × 2048
Maximum width and number of layers
for a cubemap layered surface reference
32768 × 2046
Maximum number of surfaces that
can be bound to a kernel
8 16
Maximum number of instructions per
2 million 512 million
Technical specifications 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.x 3.0 3.5 3.7 5.0 5.2
Compute capability (version)
Architecture specifications Compute capability (version)
1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.0 2.1 3.0 3.5 3.7 5.0 5.2
Number of ALU lanes for integer and floating-point arithmetic operations 8[19] 32 48 192 128
Number of special function units for single-precision floating-point transcendental functions 2 4 8 32
Number of texture filtering units for every texture address unit or render output unit (ROP) 2 4 8 16 8
Number of warp schedulers 1 2 4
Number of instructions issued at once by scheduler 1 2[20]

For more information please visit this site: and also read Nvidia CUDA programming guide.[21]


This example code in C++ loads a texture from an image into an array on the GPU:

texture<float, 2, cudaReadModeElementType> tex;

void foo()
  cudaArray* cu_array;

  // Allocate array
  cudaChannelFormatDesc description = cudaCreateChannelDesc<float>();
  cudaMallocArray(&cu_array, &description, width, height);

  // Copy image data to array
  cudaMemcpyToArray(cu_array, image, width*height*sizeof(float), cudaMemcpyHostToDevice);

  // Set texture parameters (default)
  tex.addressMode[0] = cudaAddressModeClamp;
  tex.addressMode[1] = cudaAddressModeClamp;
  tex.filterMode = cudaFilterModePoint;
  tex.normalized = false; // do not normalize coordinates

  // Bind the array to the texture
  cudaBindTextureToArray(tex, cu_array);

  // Run kernel
  dim3 blockDim(16, 16, 1);
  dim3 gridDim((width + blockDim.x - 1)/ blockDim.x, (height + blockDim.y - 1) / blockDim.y, 1);
  kernel<<< gridDim, blockDim, 0 >>>(d_data, height, width);

  // Unbind the array from the texture
} //end foo()

__global__ void kernel(float* odata, int height, int width)
   unsigned int x = blockIdx.x*blockDim.x + threadIdx.x;
   unsigned int y = blockIdx.y*blockDim.y + threadIdx.y;
   if (x < width && y < height) {
      float c = tex2D(tex, x, y);
      odata[y*width+x] = c;

Below is an example given in Python that computes the product of two arrays on the GPU. The unofficial Python language bindings can be obtained from PyCUDA.[22]

import pycuda.compiler as comp
import pycuda.driver as drv
import numpy
import pycuda.autoinit

mod = comp.SourceModule("""
__global__ void multiply_them(float *dest, float *a, float *b)
  const int i = threadIdx.x;
  dest[i] = a[i] * b[i];

multiply_them = mod.get_function("multiply_them")

a = numpy.random.randn(400).astype(numpy.float32)
b = numpy.random.randn(400).astype(numpy.float32)

dest = numpy.zeros_like(a)
        drv.Out(dest), drv.In(a), drv.In(b),

print dest-a*b

Additional Python bindings to simplify matrix multiplication operations can be found in the program pycublas.[23]

import numpy
from pycublas import CUBLASMatrix
A = CUBLASMatrix( numpy.mat([[1,2,3]],[[4,5,6]],numpy.float32) )
B = CUBLASMatrix( numpy.mat([[2,3]],[4,5],[[6,7]],numpy.float32) )
C = A*B
print C.np_mat()

Language bindings

Current and future usages of CUDA architecture

See also


  1. NVIDIA CUDA Home Page
  2. 2.0 2.1 Abi-Chahla, Fedy (June 18, 2008). "Nvidia's CUDA: The End of the CPU?". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved May 17, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Shimpi, Anand Lal; Wilson, Derek (November 8, 2006). "NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 (G80): GPUs Re-architected for DirectX 10". AnandTech. Retrieved May 16, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. CUDA LLVM Compiler
  5. First OpenCL demo on a GPU on YouTube
  6. DirectCompute Ocean Demo Running on Nvidia CUDA-enabled GPU on YouTube
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