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GPU Programming

Professor Libby Shoop, Macalester College
Yu Zhao, Macalester College


As modern Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) harnessed more and more horsepower, programmers began to use GPU for General Purpose computation, instead of just for graphics rendering. NVIDIA® Corporation developed CUDA, a parallel computing platform and programming model, to improve computing performance for parallel computation problems. In this module, we will learn how to solve parallel problems more efficiently by writing programs in CUDA C Programming Language and then executes them on GPUs based on CUDA architecture.

This module uses the CUDA parallel computing platform; developer's SDK and toolkit can be found on NVIDIA's website.

Module Characteristics

Languages Supported: C
Relevant Parallel Computing Concepts: Data Parallelism
Operating System Supported: Mac OS, Linux, Windows
Possible Course Use: Programming Languages, Hardware Design, Parallel Computing Systems
Recommended Teaching Level: intermediate, Advanced

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