Nvidia Announces CARMA Tegra 3 CUDA Development Kit

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).

Nvidia Tegra 3 Development Board
Nvidia CARMA development kit

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.

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