I’m interested in learning and experimenting with CUDA, but would like to get a taste before investing in a modest GPU (and socket to put it in).
How far am I going to get by compiling CUDA code to run exclusively on a Core 2 Duo CPU? Performance is of no interest at this stage. I’m just hoping to get some ‘pretendy’ programming experience with the CUDA GPU computational architecture. Would it be worth installing a GPU driverless development environment and having a go?
Also, what are the merits of adopting each of the various free and CUDA supported Linux distributions as a development platform? I’ve used earlier Fedora releases, so would FC13 yield a fairly pain free introduction to CUDA?
Thanks for your interest, and any direction that you may be able to provide.