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    NVidia Previews CUDA 5

    NVidia announces the CUDA 5 release candidate, the latest version of the company’s parallel computing platform and programming model.

    CUDA 5, which is available as a free download from the NVidia Developer Zone website, provides a solid platform for developers to evaluate new capabilities before the CUDA 5 production release is launched later this year. 

    According to the announcement, CUDA 5 provides many new capabilities to make the development of GPU-accelerated applications faster and easier than ever. This release features GPU object linking, which allows developers to create libraries that run entirely on the GPU, and NVidia Nsight Eclipse Edition – the world’s first integrated development environment (IDE) for developing GPU accelerated applications on Linux- and Mac OS-based systems.

    CUDA 5 also includes a new integrated documentation system and all-in-one installers to help developers to get started with parallel programming. With this release, the company says, developers can begin exploring ways to take advantage of the new high-performance NVidia GPUs based on the Kepler computing architecture.

    Parallel programmers are invited to join the CUDA Registered Developer Program for early access to software releases, tools, resources, and information to help them maximize the potential of CUDA and parallel computing.