Nvidia Announces CUDA Fortran Compiler Beta

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-09-29 Print this article Print

A public beta release of Nvidia's PGI CUDA-enabled Fortran compiler is now available for use in application development.

Nvidia announced Sept. 29 that a public beta release of its PGI CUDA-enabled Fortran compiler is now available.

Nvidia developed this compiler in collaboration with the Portland Group to be "the first Fortran compiler compatible with Nvidia CUDA-enabled graphics processing units (GPUs)." According to the company's news release:

"GPU computing with the CUDA C-compiler has gained significant momentum in the High-Performance Computing (HPC) space as it enables developers to get transformative increases in performance with minimal coding required.

"Fortran is particularly well suited to numeric computation and scientific computing and remains widely used in a wide range of applications such as weather modeling, computational fluid dynamics and seismic processing."

Developers can download the beta CUDA Fortran compiler for Linux, Windows and Mac OS from the Portland Group's Website. The PGI CUDA Fortran compiler requires the CUDA SDK (software development kit) which is available from CUDA Zone at www.nvidia.com/cuda.

The statement concluded, "PGI compilers are recognized in the HPC community for delivering world-class performance across a wide spectrum of applications and benchmarks. For more information on the CUDA Fortran compiler please visit: www.pgroup.com/cudafortran."

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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