Tuesday December 10, 2013

12-Year-Old Learns to Program Graphics Chips

Julia is a normal 12-year-old. She’s on her school’s basketball and volleyball teams. She’s into swimming. Now and then spends a little time with Minecraft. She also happens to be learning how to tap into the kind of computing power once reserved for elite scientists wielding vast government budgets and exotic supercomputers. Her goal: use NVIDIA Tesla GPUs آ— and our CUDA parallel programming platform آ— to build the ultimate Minecraft server.

Tapping into the power of the graphics chips powering PlayStations and PCs used to be considered a little fringy. Now, it couldn’t be much more mainstream. Two million people have downloaded our CUDA tool kit. More than 18,000 professionals boast about knowing CUDA on their LinkedIn profiles. Parallel programming is increasingly among the core skills programmers are expected to learn. CUDA whet Julia’s appetite for more. "I used to want to be an architect," says Julia. "Now I want to be a computer programmer."

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