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Intel says CUDA will be nothing but a footnote in computer history

Intel and NVIDIA compete in many different ways. The most notable place we see competition between the two companies is in chipset manufacturing. Intel and NVIDIA also compete in the integrated graphics market where Intel’s integrated graphics chips lead the market.

NVIDIA started competing with Intel in the data processing arena with the CUDA programming language. Intel’s Pat Gelsinger, co-general manager of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group, told Custom PC that NVIDIA’s CUDA programming model would be nothing more than an interesting footnote in the annals of computing history.

According to Gelsinger, programmers simply don’t have enough time to learn how to program for new architectures like CUDA. Gelsinger told Custom PC, “The problem that we’ve seen over and over and over again in the computing industry is that there’s a cool new idea, and it promises a 10x or 20x performance improvements, but you’ve just got to go through this little orifice called a new programming model. Those orifices have always been insurmountable as long as the general purpose computing models evolve into the future.”

The Sony Cell architecture illustrates the point according to Gelsinger. The Cell architecture promised huge performance gains compared to normal architectures, but the architecture still isn’t supported widely by developers.

Intel’s Larrabee graphics chip will be entirely based on Intel Architecture x86 cores says Gelsinger. The reason for this is so that developers can program for the graphics processor without having to learn a new language. Larrabee will have full support for APIs like DX and OpenGL.

NVIDIA’s CUDA architecture is what makes it possible to process complex physics calculations on the GPU, enabling PhysX on the GPU rather than CPU.

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RE: Mixed Metaphor
By drando on 7/2/2008 2:01:19 PM , Rating: 4
Not that I disagree with you; I just thought of this when reading your comment:

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RE: Mixed Metaphor
By TheDoc9 on 7/2/2008 3:11:02 PM , Rating: 3
nice, pissed me off to read it tuhogh.

RE: Mixed Metaphor
By Clauzii on 7/2/2008 3:31:00 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Mixed Metaphor
By GroBemaus on 7/2/2008 3:49:05 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, nice. I've heard that before somewhere...

RE: Mixed Metaphor
By blaster5k on 7/2/2008 5:10:06 PM , Rating: 5
Well, I'll be damned. I actually had little difficulty reading that. You learn something new every day...

RE: Mixed Metaphor
By Alexstarfire on 7/2/2008 5:51:23 PM , Rating: 3
Already knew that, but it just goes to show how great an average brain is. Pattern recognition is off the charts.

RE: Mixed Metaphor
By jordanclock on 7/2/08, Rating: -1
RE: Mixed Metaphor
By gaakf on 7/2/2008 7:48:59 PM , Rating: 1

RE: Mixed Metaphor
By Clauzii on 7/3/2008 5:11:10 PM , Rating: 2
And so is DT's rating system if You F-Word it :)

RE: Mixed Metaphor
By loki7154 on 7/3/2008 12:26:59 AM , Rating: 3
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All three sentences were randomised according to the "rules" described in the meme. The first and last letters have stayed in the same place and all the other letters have been moved.

RE: Mixed Metaphor
By gaakf on 7/3/2008 12:53:04 AM , Rating: 2
Actually I found all three sentences easy to read. Not only because the first and last letters were the same but also because of....CONTEXT.

RE: Mixed Metaphor
By SlyNine on 7/3/2008 3:56:51 AM , Rating: 2
I had no problems reading that.

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