NVIDIA Released Open-Source Linux GPU Kernel Modules

In this release, support for GeForce and Workstation GPUs is "alpha-quality."

NVIDIA published Linux GPU kernel modules as open source with a dual GPL/MIT license, starting with the R515 driver release.

The company calls it "a significant step toward improving the experience of using NVIDIA GPUs in Linux, for tighter integration with the OS, and for developers to debug, integrate, and contribute back." It also says that the open-source modules increase ease of use for Linux distribution providers.

"You can trace into code paths and see how kernel event scheduling is interacting with your workload, for faster root-cause debugging. In addition, enterprise software developers can now integrate the driver seamlessly into the customized Linux kernel configured for their project."

According to NVIDIA, this release's support for GeForce and Workstation GPUs is "alpha-quality." GeForce and Workstation users can use this driver on NVIDIA Turing and NVIDIA Ampere Architecture GPUs to run Linux desktops.

The company also says it has been working with Canonical, Red Hat, and SUSE developers, so they now can integrate the modules into their distributions.

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