to use the CUDA parallel computing architecture on Graphical Processing Units (GPUs). It contains functions that use CUDA-enabled GPUs to boost performance in a number of areas, such as linear algebra, financial simulation, and image processing. CUDALink
also integrates CUDA with existing Mathematica
development tools, allowing a high degree of automation and control.
This section summarizes the functionality.
This describes the Mathematica
functions provided by CUDALink
Functions for querying the setup of CUDALink.
Functions for installing and uninstalling CUDALink resources.
Filtering functions for image processing using CUDA.
Morphological functions for image processing using CUDA.
Binary operations for image processing using CUDA.
Fourier transform operations using CUDA.
Linear algebra functions using CUDA.
Working with CUDA functions.
Access to the CUDA compiler.
Symbolic representations of CUDA programs.
Functions for working with memory in CUDA.
Example applications of CUDALink.
CUDAQ and CUDAInformation
gives user information on the hardware. To use, first load the CUDALink
This gets information on the CUDA devices on the system.
Similar to other Mathematica
will not return an error on failure. Running CUDAInformation
will give an error describing why CUDA failed.
fails, it will return one of the following errors.
|insys||CUDALink is not supported on the system; only "Linux", "Linux-x86-64", "Windows", "Windows-x86-64", "MacOSX-x86", and "MacOSX-x86-64" are supported|
|invdevnm||based on the video card name, the video card is not supported by CUDALink|
|invdirv||an NVIDIA driver library was not found, and CUDALink was not able to determine the NVIDIA driver library path|
|invdrivp||an NVIDIA driver was not found in the NVIDIA library path|
|invdrivver||an NVIDIA driver was found, but the version information cannot be determined|
|invdrivverv||an NVIDIA driver was found, but the version is unsupported|
|invdrivverd||an NVIDIA driver was found, but the version directory cannot be determined|
|syslibfld||loading the CUDA runtime libraries failed|
|initlib||loading the CUDALink library failed|
|init||CUDALink libraries were loaded, but initialization failed|
|nodev||CUDALink was unable to find a device that is CUDA compatible|
CUDALink detection failure error codes.
There are three main reasons for getting False
- Unsupported operating system — CUDA is not supported on SUN's Solaris or versions of Apple's OS X earlier than 10.6.3.
- Unsupported hardware — CUDA only works on CUDA-capable graphics cards.
- Incompatible graphics driver — a recent NVIDIA driver is needed for CUDA to operate properly.
requires a compatible operating system, hardware, and driver software. This section describes what these are and how to confirm them.
is supported on Linux, Linux-x86-64, Windows, Windows-x86-64, Mac OS X-x86, and Mac OS X-x86-64. Mac OS X users need at least Mac OS X 10.6.3.
On Linux, CUDALink
requires the system to be run in a runlevel that will load the video drivers. Usually this is default level 5, but on some servers the administrator may need to configure it manually.
is supported on all hardware that has CUDA support. If you are not sure of the name of your graphics card, you can see the section on Graphics Card Information
The following hardware is currently supported:
- NVIDIA Tesla Workstation: Tesla C2050/C2070, Tesla C1060, Tesla C870, and Tesla D870.
- NVIDIA Tesla Data Center: Tesla M2050/M2070, Tesla S2050, Tesla S1070, Tesla M1060, and Tesla S870.
- NVIDIA Quadro: Quadro 6000, Quadro 5000, Quadro 4000, Quadro FX 5800, Quadro FX 5600, Quadro FX 4800, Quadro FX 4800 for Mac, Quadro FX 4700 X2, Quadro FX 4600, Quadro FX 3800, Quadro FX 3700, Quadro FX 1800, Quadro FX 1700, Quadro FX 580, Quadro FX 570, Quadro FX 470, Quadro FX 380, Quadro FX 370, Quadro FX 370 Low Profile, Quadro CX, Quadro NVS 450, Quadro NVS 420, Quadro NVS 295, Quadro NVS 290, Quadro Plex 2100 D4, Quadro Plex 2200 D2, Quadro Plex 2100 S4, and Quadro Plex 1000 Model IV.
- NVIDIA Quadro Mobile: Quadro 5000M, Quadro FX 3800M, Quadro FX 3700M, Quadro FX 3600M, Quadro FX 2700M, Quadro FX 1700M, Quadro FX 1600M, Quadro FX 770M, Quadro FX 570M, Quadro FX 370M, Quadro FX 360M, Quadro NVS 320M, Quadro NVS 160M, Quadro NVS 150M, Quadro NVS 140M, Quadro NVS 135M, and Quadro NVS 130M.
- GeForce: GeForce GTS 480, GeForce GTS 470, GeForce GTS 465, GeForce GTS 460, GeForce GTS 450, GeForce GTX 295, GeForce GTX 285, GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 275, GeForce GTX 260, GeForce GTS 250, GeForce GTS 240, GeForce GT 220, GeForce G210, GeForce GTS 150, GeForce GT 130, GeForce GT 120, GeForce G100, GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX+, GeForce 9800 GTX, GeForce 9800 GT, GeForce 9600 GSO, GeForce 9600 GT, GeForce 9500 GT, GeForce 9400GT, GeForce 8800 Ultra, GeForce 8800 GTX, GeForce 8800 GTS, GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 8800 GS, GeForce 8600 GTS, GeForce 8600 GT, GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8400 GS, GeForce 9400 mGPU, GeForce 9300 mGPU, GeForce 8300 mGPU, GeForce 8200 mGPU, and GeForce 8100 mGPU.
- GeForce Mobile: GeForce GTX 480M, GeForce GTX 470M, GeForce GTX 460M, GeForce GTX 445M, GeForce GTX 435M, GeForce GTX 425M, GeForce GTX 420M, GeForce GTX 415M, GeForce GTX 285M, GeForce GTX 280M, GeForce GTX 260M, GeForce GTS 260M, GeForce GTS 250M, GeForce GTS 160M, GeForce GTS 150M, GeForce GT 240M, GeForce GT 230M, GeForce GT 130M, GeForce G210M, GeForce G110M, GeForce G105M, GeForce G102M, GeForce 9800M GTX, GeForce 9800M GT, GeForce 9800M GTS, GeForce 9800M GS, GeForce 9700M GTS, GeForce 9700M GT, GeForce 9650M GS, GeForce 9600M GT, GeForce 9600M GS, GeForce 9500M GS, GeForce 9500M G, GeForce 9400M G, GeForce 9300M GS, GeForce 9300M G, GeForce 9200M GS, GeForce 9100M G, GeForce 8800M GTS, GeForce 8700M GT, GeForce 8600M GT, GeForce 8600M GS, GeForce 8400M GT, and GeForce 8400M GS.
An updated list of device support can be found on the NVIDIA CUDA-Enabled Products
Users with ATI or Intel graphics processors will not be able to use CUDA, but might be able to use OpenCL using OpenCLLink
will use double precision if it is available on the hardware detected. The following hardware has double-precision support:
- NVIDIA Tesla Workstation: Tesla C2050/C2070 and Tesla C1060.
- NVIDIA Tesla Data Center: Tesla M2050/M2070, Tesla S2050, Tesla S1070, and Tesla M1060.
- NVIDIA Quadro: Quadro 6000, Quadro 5000, Quadro 4000, Quadro FX 5800, Quadro FX 4800, and Quadro FX 3800.
- NVIDIA Quadro Mobile: Quadro 5000M.
- GeForce: GeForce GTS 480, GeForce GTS 470, GeForce GTS 465, GeForce GTS 460, GeForce GTS 450, GeForce GTX 295, and GeForce GTX 285.
If double-precision support is not detected, then CUDALink
will represent floating-point numbers in single precision.
An updated list of computer capability can be found on the NVIDIA CUDA-Enabled Products
Programmatically, you can detect whether the cards on the system support double precision using CUDAInformation
and checking if the
is greater than or equal to 1.3.
Detect which cards on the system support double precision using CUDAInformation
Graphics Card Information
Detailed information on your graphics can be found in the
section of SystemInformation
, as shown below.
This gives information on the graphics card installed on the system.
If you have trouble finding this, then checking the graphics card is done by either checking the system documentation or going to one of the following:
- Device Manager on Windows
- System Information on Mac OS X
Checking the NVIDIA Driver
has a driver version detection mechanism that is accessible using CUDADriverVersion
An alternative to this driver detection method is operating-system specific. The following details how to get the driver version on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
If the NVIDIA driver is installed, then the NVIDIA control panel should be in the system's control panel and will give you information. The NVIDIA control panel can be accessed by clicking .
Inside the control panel you will see the NVIDIA control panel.
Clicking on that will open windows that allow you to edit the hardware setup.
Clicking in the bottom-left corner will give you the following window.
This tells you the driver version, which is 257.21 on this machine.
If the NVIDIA driver is installed, then running
from the command line will give version information. The following screen capture shows the system running the 256.53 version of the NVIDIA driver, which can be seen in the "NVIDIA Driver Version" system information.
If X is not available, then the following command will tell you the driver version installed.
[abduld@abduldlx ~]$ ls /usr/lib/libnvidia-tls.so.*
The above tells you a non-supported NVIDIA driver 256.53.15 is installed on
. Note that on some versions of Linux the drivers are installed in
or in another nondefault location.
Mac OS X
To find the version information on OS X, open the window and go into .
Opening will show a button if the CUDA driver is installed.
Clicking on the button will show both the CUDA driver and GPU driver versions.
CUDA driver version 3.1 or above is required by CUDALink