Advantages of CUDA:
- Huge increase in processing power over conventional CPU processing. Early reports suggest speed increases of 10x to 200x over CPU processing speed.
- Researchers can use several GPU's to preform the same amount of operations as many servers in less time, thus saving money, time, and space.
- C language is widely used, so it is easy for devolopers to learn how to program for CUDA.
- All graphics cards in the G80 series and beyond support CUDA.
- Harnesses the power of the GPU by using parallel processing; running thousands of simultanious reads instead of single, dual, or quad reads on the CPU.
Disadvantages of CUDA
- Limited user base- Only NVIDIA G80 and onward video cards can use CUDA, thus isolating all ATI users.
- Speeds may be bottlenecked at the bus between CPU and GPU.
- Developers still sceptical as to whether CUDA will catch on.
- Mainly developed for researchers- not many uses for average users.
- System is still in development