NVIDIA has announced the production release of CUDA 2.0, the latest version of its C-language programming environment for GPUs that lets software developers tap into the massively parallel architecture of the GPU for acceleration of complex computational problems.
The 2.0 release of the CUDA software suite includes support for 32- and 64-bit Windows Vista and Mac OS X, as well as 3D textures and hardware interpolation to increase the efficiency of applications such as medical volume reconstruction and oil and gas seismic computing.
Also included in CUDA 2.0 is an Adobe Photoshop plug-in example for both PC and Mac versions of the software. The example allows developers to design plug-ins that move the most compute-intensive functions of Adobe Photoshop to the GPU, such as filtering and image manipulation, delivering performance improvements. The plug-in is available as source code so developers can easily develop advanced filters and imaging techniques that are available directly within Adobe Photoshop.
CUDA 2.0 also features additional source code examples and new compiler optimizations and is available today for free download.