I’m at PhD. student studying computational fluid dynamics and just beginning to get my feet wet with parallel computing. Right now I am learning MPI but I’m interested in learning CUDA and GPU coding as well.
I’m wondering if I can build an inexpensive PC that will allow me to experiment with CUDA and GPU programming. Can someone tell me what the the least expensive Nvidia card is that will allow me to practice programming with CUDA? Does anyone have any other advice for someone who is interested in building an inexpensive box just for learning GPU programming?
My thinking is that if I build an inexpensive box and get to a point where I can demonstrate the ability to write efficient code in CUDA then I might be able to convince my adviser to front the money to put together a TESLA box for our research group.