Recently in both the print and online versions of Maximum PC we looked at Nvidia’s CUDA API and what a GP-GPU future might look like. The one wild card in this equitation is the other big player in the graphics card market, ATI. Will ATI play nice by supporting CUDA and licensing PhysX? Or will it go its own way, a result which may end up killing both companies initiatives.
Followers of the ongoing soap opera between Intel and Nvidia know no love has been lost between the two tech titans over the years. When AMD and ATI merged back in July of 2006 the internet was abuzz with rumors that an Intel/Nvidia merger couldn’t be far behind. As time pressed on and this possibility began to seem increasingly less likely, a competitive culture began to form between the two companies. The saber rattling has reached deafening proportions of late, and a seemly endless stream of jabs has dominated the headlines. Any merger pushed through now might require barbed wire to separate the water coolers. Both organizations seem determined to earn a slice of the other’s market share, and for once they seem willing to do it the hard way, though innovation. As Intel’s pushes into accelerated graphics with its Larrabee platform, Nvidia wants us to believe the CUDA API for its graphics cards will allow video accelerators to dominate the CPU.
What is CUDA, and will it allow your GeForce to replace your CPU? More after the jump.