[Oisf-users] CUDA Licensing Grunts... (a little off-topic)

Robert Vineyard robert.vineyard at oit.gatech.edu
Wed Apr 20 11:53:44 UTC 2011

Actually a friend of mine recently got hired by Nvidia to create just that -
an open source implementation of the CUDA libraries - as an extension of his
PhD thesis, assuming I've been correctly informed.

Hopefully Nvidia will see fit to foster further work on this and other projects:


There are also others working on such things:


Robert Vineyard, CISSP, RHCE
Senior Information Security Engineer
Georgia Tech Office of Information Technology
404.385.6900 (office/cell) / 404.894.9548 (fax)

On 4/19/2011 11:54 PM, Randal T. Rioux wrote:
> I went to setup a server with a couple GeForce 9600GT cards in it (even
> though they only support the 1.1 compute capabilities) to test the CUDA
> aspects of Suricata.
> I like Arch Linux, so I wanted to use that for a change.
> It wasn't until I tried to install the CUDA toolkit that I realized it
> is closed source. I'm not doing RPM mangling for Arch and would never
> touch Ubuntu (I have my reasons), so this makes me sad. Sadder is that I
> never noticed this before (always used RHEL or SL when CUDA dabbling).
> Does anyone know of an open-source challenger to the CUDA feature set /
> general premise? Something not as vendor-specific (of course). I can
> understand why NVidia doesn't want us to know how the sausage is made,
> but it doesn't mean I have to eat it!
> Thanks,
> Randy
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