Nvidia has just unveiled its Tegra 3 development kit, the Nvidia CARMA. The development kit codename has been crowdsourced as Nvidia asked its followers to propose a name and vote for the best name. This development kit particularly targets CUDA, Nvidia parallel computing platform and programming model that enables dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU).
The CARMA hardware has been designed by Seco and features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 ARM Cortex A9 Quad-Core CPU and NVIDIA CUDA GPU QuatroTM.
Here are the technical specs for the development kit:
|CPU||NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core ARM A9|
|GPU||NVIDIA QuadroTM 1000M with 96 CUDA Cores|
|Memory||• CPU Memory: 2 GB|
• GPU Memory: 2 GB
|Peak Performance||270 Single Precision GFlops|
|CPU – GPU Interface||PCIe x4 Gen1 link|
|Network||1x Gigabit Ethernet|
|Storage||1x SATA Connector|
|USB||3x USB 2.0|
|Display||HDMI and DisplayPort|
|Software||• Linux Ubuntu Derivative OS|
• CUDA Tool Kit
The CARMA DevKit will be available in Q2 2012 and is being developed to support energy-efficient High Performance Computing (HPC) projects using ARM-based GPU computing. Last month, Nvidia also announced that the Barcelona Supercomputing Center’s ARM-based GPU supercomputer will be powered by the Tegra 3 and take advantage of CUDA technology. You can check the PDF for details on this implementation.
You can get further information and register your interest for the Tegra 3 development board at Nvidia CARMA page.