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Old 02-19-09, 12:54 PM   #12
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Arrow Re: Anybody into CUDA ?

Finally, i have the whole thing working: VS 2008 + CUDA 2.1.

The setup to create a new project, by hand, is not very easy, and i lost a lot of time trying to compile my first program with success.

This is a quick guide, from my personal experiences:
  • Download & Install CUDA 2.1 & the CUDA SDK, from the nVidia site.

  • Open VS 2008, and start a new C++ Win32 Console project.

  • Right click in the name of the project in the solution explorer, and select 'Custom Build Rules'. A new window will open. Click on 'import' and select the file "C:\CUDA SDK\common\CUDA.rules". Then mark the checkbox for the CUDA files.

  • Rename the main .cpp file to .cu

  • Right click on the .cu file and select 'properties'. Select 'CUDA Build Rule 2.1.0' in General - Tool.

  • Open the properties of the project, and change:


    • Additional include directories: $(CUDA_INC_PATH);$(NVSDKCUDA_ROOT)\common\inc
    • Debug Information Format: Program Database (/Zi)

    Code Generation

    • Runtime Library: Multi-threaded Debug (/MTd)


    • Enable incremental linkin: No (/INCREMENTAL:NO)
    • Additional Library Directories: $(CUDA_LIB_PATH);$(NVSDKCUDA_ROOT)\common\lib


    • Additional Dependencies: cudart.lib cutil32D.lib


    • Enable COMDAT folding: Do Not Remove Redundant COMDATs (/OPT:NOICF)

Then, edit your .cu file, and put your kernel there.

I tried my perlin code on the GPU, and, atm, it sucks. It's slightly faster than my multi-threaded SSE3 code, and this gfx card has 240 'cores', vs my quad. Obviously, i need to learn some CUDA tricks to speed up my code, because this cannot be so slow.

Also, i still dunno how to debug the CUDA code. It's a pain in the ass atm when something does not work.
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