Nvidia Cuda Driver is essential software to communicate your CUDA-enabled GPU (Graphics Card) and Operating System installed in your computer. If you are looking for driver for CUDA-enabled GPU, then you are in right place. Here, we are going to discuss about Nvidia CUDA, and how to download and install its driver in your machine.
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What is Nvidia CUDA?
CUDA stands for ‘Compute Unified Device Architecture’. It is parallel computing platform and application programming interface (API) model designed & developed by Nvidia Company. It offers software developers and software engineers to use a CUDA-enabled GPU for general purpose processing.
CUDA platform offers developers direct access to GPU’s Virtual computer architecture and parallel computational components to run computer kernels. This platform is designed to work with some programming language including C, C++ and FORTRAN. Nvidia CUDA powered GPUs also supports programming framework like OpenACC and OpenCL and HIP by compiling (translating) such code to CUDA.
Nvidia CUDA-Enabled GPUs can run thousands of Computing Threads
CUDA-enabled GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) have hundreds of cores that can execute thousands of computing tasks or threads simultaneously. These cores have shared resources such as a register file and shared memory which offers parallel tasks executing on these cores to transfer data without transmitting it over System memory bus.
System Requirements for Nvidia CUDA
If you want to use Nvidia CUDA on your Windows device, then you should make sure that you have CUDA-capable GPU, a supported version of Microsoft Windows, a supported version of Microsoft Visual Studio and Nvidia CUDA Toolkit all are installed properly.
CUDA Toolkit installer package includes Nvidia Cuda Driver which support the application development for all CUDA-capable GPUs supported by CUDA Toolkit. For example, if you are deploying applications Nvidia Tesla products in a server or cluster environment, you should make sure latest Tesla driver is installed in your device.
Installer package include the CUDA Toolkit, CUDA samples, CUDA Tools such as Nsight Visual Studio Edition for windows, and Nsight Eclipse Edition for Linux and MacOS and developers drivers. The installer package will also give an option to install the included driver. If you select the option to install Nvidia Cuda Driver, this replaces the driver with currently installed driver in your computer.
How to download and install Nvidia Cuda Driver on Windows 10?
CUDA Drivers are included in Nvidia CUDA Toolkit so you need to download and install Nvidia CUDA Toolkit, and Nvidia drivers will automatically installed with this installer.
Step 1: At first, you need to visit ‘Nvidia CUDA Downloads Page’ (Official)
Step 2: Depending Operating System version and architecture, download the latest CUDA Toolkit in your computer like ‘CUDA Toolkit 11.2’
Step 3: Double-click on ‘Setup file’ or ‘Downloaded file’ and follow on-screen instructions to finish installation. This way, the driver and toolkit will be installed in your computer for CUDA to function.
Step 4: Once done, reboot your device to see the changes.
How to Download or Reinstall Nvidia Cuda Driver on Windows 10 using ‘Windows Update’?
The installation of Nvidia CUDA Toolkit and CUDA driver may fails if Windows update starts after the installation has begun. Wait to complete Windows Update process and try installation again using above method. Or you can get the Nvidia Cuda Driver update using ‘Windows Update’.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows + I’ keys together from keyboard to open ‘Settings’ App
Step 2: In the opened ‘Settings’ App, go to ‘Update & Security > Windows Update’
Step 3: Click on ‘Check for updates’ button under ‘Windows update’ section. This way, you can download the latest Nvidia Cuda Driver or CUDA Driver update in your computer.
Step 4: Once done, restart your computer to see the changes.
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