X-bit Labs reports NVIDIA has initiated sampling of "Carma", its CUDA on ARM development kit for energy-efficient supercomputers.
Nvidia Corp. has announced "Carma" development kit to developers, who want to design software that relies on ARM general-purpose processors and Nvidia graphics chips compatible with CUDA architecture. With Carma, developers will be able to try designing software for energy-efficient high-performance computing projects. Unfortunately, Carma does not support double precision computing and thus will hardly be adopted by serious developers.
Nvidia Carma - CUDA on ARM - is based on Tegra 3 system-on-chip with five general-purpose ARM Cortex-A9 processing cores and various multimedia functionality with 2GB of DDR3 memory, as well as Nvidia Quadro 1000M (GF108GL) graphics processing unit with an array of 96 CUDA [compute unified device architecture] stream processors and 2GB DDR3 memory. According to Nvidia, Carma offers 270GFLOPS single-precision performance. The development kit is based on Linux Ubuntu Derivative OS.