Faster computations achieved with access to NVIDIA GPUs via Parallel Computing Toolbox
NATICK, Mass. and SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 20, 2010 — Today at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC), MathWorks announced support for NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) in MATLAB applications using Parallel Computing Toolbox or MATLAB Distributed Computing Server. This support enables engineers and scientists to increase the speed of many of their MATLAB computations without performing low-level programming.
Now more engineers and scientists can take advantage of NVIDIA’s CUDA-enabled GPUs, including the latest Tesla 20-series GPUs, based on the Fermi architecture, all from within MATLAB. Parallel Computing Toolbox users can access the NVIDIA CUDA library without having to learn CUDA programming or significantly modify their applications.
“MATLAB’s ease of use enables the engineering and scientific community to quickly adopt GPUs for technical computing,” said Silvina Grad-Freilich, manager of parallel-computing marketing at MathWorks. “MathWorks initial support for NVIDIA’s CUDA-enabled GPUs lets MATLAB users take advantage of GPUs to achieve significant speed-up of their applications. Parallel Computing Toolbox enables engineers and scientists in MATLAB to access all available computing resources available to them, from multicores and GPUs on local desktops to clusters and grids, with minimal programming effort.”
Originally designed for graphics rendering in the image-intensive video gaming industry, GPUs have evolved in recent years to become more general purpose. Researchers can program them to execute the computations and sophisticated graphical effects needed for data analysis, data visualization, and applications such as financial modeling and biological modeling.
“MATLAB is a fundamental tool in the engineer’s and scientist’s toolbox,” said Sumit Gupta, senior manager, Tesla products at NVIDIA. “Enabling MATLAB users to accelerate their applications using GPUs provides the foundation for ground-breaking innovations across engineering and science applications.”
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