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CUDA Programming by Shane Cook

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Chapter 3

CUDA Hardware Overview

PC Architecture

Let’s start by looking at the typical Core 2 architecture we still find today in many PCs and how it impacts our usage of GPU accelerators (Figure 3.1).

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Figure 3.1 Typical Core 2 series layout.

Notice that all GPU devices are connected to the processor via the PCI-E bus. In this case we’ve assumed a PCI-E 2.0 specification bus, which is currently the fastest bus available, giving a transfer rate of 5 GB/s. PCI-E 3.0 has become available at the time of this writing and should significantly improve the bandwidth available.

However, to get data from the processor, we need to go through the Northbridge ...

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