Unifying the CUDA Python Ecosystem

Originally published at: https://developer.nvidia.com/blog/unifying-the-cuda-python-ecosystem/

Python plays a key role within the science, engineering, data analytics, and deep learning application ecosystem. NVIDIA has long been committed to helping the Python ecosystem leverage the accelerated massively parallel performance of GPUs to deliver standardized libraries, tools, and applications. Today, we’re introducing another step towards simplification of the developer experience with improved Python…

So even after cuda python release. We still have to write kernel code in c++? If so, PyCuda is already does the same right.

Hi Maney,

Yes, with this release requires writing kernels, with C++ in a string, to be compiled by NVRTC. This release is to build the foundation, by provide wrappers for CUDA Driver and Runtime API. There will be more functionality and flexibility to come. Currently, partner products such as Numba and CuPy write their own CUDA layer. This release removes the need for them to do this and provide an industry standard.

If you’re interested in writing “Python” kernels, please take a look at Numba (Writing CUDA Kernels — Numba 0.50.1 documentation) and CuPy (User-Defined Kernels — CuPy 9.0.0 documentation) functionality.

Hello,

will PyCuda be useless with this new unified system ?

Alain

I wouldn’t consider PyCUDA useless. PyCUDA will have the ability to utilize our new infrastructure.

Couple questions: If I have a program which is currently implemented in PyCUDA how difficult do you anticipate the switch, to CUDA Python, will be? Also will CUDA Python have support for GPU Arrays? (specifically for reductions and generating arrays of random numbers)

Super excited to have an in house NVIDIA vetted CUDA Python package, and even more excited to try it out! Thanks

Hi morgjack,

I very glad your excited. I haven’t use PyCUDA in a minute, but IIRC the conversion should be straight forward. You would need to use the corresponding Driver/Runtime API.

As far as question 2, I’m not sure at the moment. I’m pretty sure that functionality currently exists in CuPy.