I would like to learn a little about GPGPU, with the possible aim of rewriting some software we use at work (basically lots of cross-correlation). The idea is that I do some first experiments on my own and then, if it looks promising, work would probably pay for a decent setup. So at this point I want something cheap and cheerful.
Is the following correct (these are pretty basic, I know):
1 - Only a single graphics card is necessary (ie I can use the card driving the display while it is “idle”)
2 - The ASUS card EN8400GS/HTP/256M will work OK with CUDA (described at http://www.bip.cl/ecommerce/buscador2.php3?id_producto=2470 - I live in Chile, so not all hardware is available)
3 - I can use OpenSUSE 11, following the instructions here http://www.suse.de/~sndirsch/nvidia-installer-HOWTO.html (note that OpenSUSE 11 doesn’t seem to be in the “supported” list for CUDA).
Thanks very much. Also, is there an IRC chat or similar for asking very basic questions like this? Or some newbie-friendly forum? I looked in various FAQs and (1) which seems like the most basic FAQ of all, didn’t seem to be answered anywhere. :o(