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Old 03-01-2013, 03:54 AM   #1
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Learn Assembly before CUDA?


Should I learn Assembly programmering before I get started with CUDA programmering? What do u guys recommend?
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My suggestion is ... "learn programming." As you do so, you'll discover that "there's more than one way to do it." Different tools and approaches are used in different situations, and you really need to acquaint yourself with several of them.

Surprisingly, even when you're dealing with very low-level stuff like CUDA, "good ol' 'C' with the occasional asm{} block" is still the way that most things are done ... as you can plainly see if you snoop around the /arch subdirectory of any Linux distribution.

Fact is, modern microprocessors really aren't designed to be programmed "by hand." Hardware implementors work very closely with compiler implementors to build features that might be tricky for a human to deal with, but that can easily be incorporated into an architecture-aware compiler (like GCC). So, even though this might at first blush sound counter-intuitive, you can often produce faster code with a compiler than you can with assembly. The compiler just might turn out to be a better code-generator than you are.

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there are as many opinions as there are programmers so...
but some general options
learn something like python first
move to say something like FORTRAN next ( it is making a come back )
then c and c++
then go on to nvidia's own language "CG" ( C for Graphics")
CUDA uses CG
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there are as many opinions as there are programmers so...
Here is another programmer with another opinion .

Learn C. Learn how to use pointers (eg by using pointers instead of array indexes). Learn about type casting, learn about structures and pointers to structures.

Once you have that mastered then some concepts in assembly language will be much easier to grasp (especially indirection) and you will be in a good position to understand object orientated languages like Java and C++.
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It also depends on what your goal in programming are? If you are wanting to write a compiler or just make some GUI. You must choose an appropriate language. Also, I would personally recommend learning as many languages as you can. You may never use it, but if you have a wide variety of skills it will help you.


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