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Radically Simplified GPU Programming with C#

We were very happy to do a Channel 9 recording for our new Alea GPU version 3 in the Microsoft offices at Time Square New York City. It was a great experience to do the recording with Seth Juarez. Many thanks Seth!

GPU computing is all about number crunching and performance. Do you have a lot of parallel calculations? Then try to use GPU with C#. With the new Alea GPU parallel GPU methods it is as easy as changing a few lines of code to utilize the power of GPUs. No GPU in your box? Don’t worry, you can get them from Azure or other cloud providers. I explained how easy it is to run C# code on the GPU, with full debugging support in Visual Studio.

Check out Alea GPU on our product web site.

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Alea GPU 2.1 Released

Not too long ago we released the new Alea GPU 2.0 release, which was a major step forward for GPU computing on .NET. Today we can announce Alea GPU 2.1. It is a maintenance release but also brings some new interesting features.

First of all Alea GPU 2.1 has integrated cuDNN, a GPU-accelerated library of primitives for deep neural networks, which are very much in vogue these days.

The new version also supports printing from GPU kernels, either with printf/printfn in F# or Console.Write/Console.WriteLine in C# based GPU kernels. This is a very handy tool for quickly debugging GPU kernels or understand them more thoroughly.

Also important is supporting IntPtr in malloc and int64 indexing, which allows to address device memory beyond the 4GB boundary.

Finally, some experts requested support for atomicCAS and __shfl_xor. Unfortunately atomicCAS has an issue on Linux which could not be resolved in time. We hope it will be fixed with the upgrade to CUDA 7.5, which will be released this summer.

The Alea Tutorial will be updated soon as well with some examples how to use cuDNN directly with Alea GPU.

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Alea.cuBase 1.0.401 released

Alea.cuBase 1.0.401 is released and can be downloaded from our web page.

Alternatively you can get it as a NuGet package on www.nuget.org.

In this release we change the product name from Alea.CUDA to Alea.cuBase in order conform to existing trademarks. The new name also reflects the fact that Alea.cuBase is a base technology on which you can build your own GPU accelerated .NET applications.

The new release also improves the kernel launch time.