From: Harish Srinivasan (
Date: Tue Dec 06 2016 - 23:52:56 CST

Thank you John.


On 7 December 2016 at 10:54, John Stone <> wrote:

> Hi,
> I know that there are some very early CUDA implementations for AMD GPUs
> exist (maybe still only prototype?), but to my knowledge no implementation
> is far enough along to allow complex CUDA algorithms like what is in
> VMD and NAMD to run on AMD GPUs yet. Last I heard from someone working on
> one of those implementations, there are a few things that existing
> AMD GPU hardware doesn't implement that we use in NAMD, for example.
> In principle the hardware features I refer to are things one could
> live without, but they would impact performance.
> Before I would advise someone to spend any time on looking for this or
> trying
> it, I would expect to see AMD making much more noise about this themselves.
> The last thing I heard that was public information was their announcement
> last year at SC'15:
> 2015nov16.aspx
> The only thing I have really heard since then was from someone working
> on one of the prototype implementations asking about how to get around
> CUDA features that weren't yet implemented so that they could start testing
> our software. We responded, but I haven't heard anything since, so I would
> guess we're probably still a ways out before something useful comes of
> this.
> Cheers,
> John Stone
> On Wed, Dec 07, 2016 at 10:29:44AM +0530, Harish Srinivasan wrote:
> > Is it possible to install CUDA for VMD and NAMD if I am using an AMD
> R7
> > GPU in my laptop. The operating system I am using is Ubuntu 14.04.4
> (this
> > has the upgraded HWE stack - with a kernel ~ 4.4).
> > Thank you
> > Harish
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