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Date:      Sat, 21 Nov 2009 12:48:59 +0100
From:      usleepless@gmail.com
To:        Anton Shterenlikht <mexas@bristol.ac.uk>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org, "Daniel C. Dowse" <dcdowse@gmx.net>
Subject:   Re: GPUs on FBSD?
Message-ID:  <c39ec84c0911210348h3fb2c860le156f077046344b@mail.gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <20091121112802.GA70284@mech-cluster241.men.bris.ac.uk>
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On Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 12:28 PM, Anton Shterenlikht <mexas@bristol.ac.uk>wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 08:11:57PM +0100, usleepless@gmail.com wrote:
> > On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 6:16 PM, Daniel C. Dowse <dcdowse@gmx.net>
> wrote:
> >
> > > On Fri, 20 Nov 2009 11:46:57 +0000
> > > Anton Shterenlikht <mexas@bristol.ac.uk> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Anybody knows of working GPUs under FBSD on any arch?
> > > > Any advice?
> > > >
> > >
> > > I using a nvidia fx5500 with the latest driver 173.14.22 on i386 and
> > > it works perfect. And it was no pain to get 3d working for games.
> > >
> > > I am still wondering what this thread is actually about: is it about
> > hardware accelerated video or about offloading general computation to the
> > GPU ( CUDA et al. ).
>
> the latter. My question was about HPC application of GPUs. Use of GPGPUs
> for HPC under linux is growing very fast, with cuda and opencl. However,
> I doubt any GPUs will be supported on fbsd. At least not at this stage.
> Unless somebody knows better?
>
> many thanks
>

I looked at CUDA lately and according to Nvidia the library stuff/driver you
need is not available for FreeBSD ( Linux, Windows ). I forgot about if it
is supported on Mac.

The talk/announcement on the Nvidia forum is about a native video driver for
amd64 i believe. A lot of people are waiting for this ( currently there is
only Nvidia support for i386 ). I don't think they are talking about
including CUDA support.

There is no OpenCL implementation for FreeBSD that i am aware of ( did look
).

regards,

usleep


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