NVIDIA Wants to Block Use of Cheaper Consumer GPUs in Data Center
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NVIDIA ruffled some feathers with a recent change to the end user license agreement for its GeForce GPU software, used with its consumer-oriented GeForce and Titan GPU brands.
The agreement now includes language that with some exceptions prohibits use of the software in data centers, prompting angry comments online saying the company was trying to force data center users to buy its much more expensive Tesla GPUs, designed specifically for data center applications.
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The language doesn’t prohibit the use of GeForce and Titan cards in data centers. Users who don’t update to the latest version of the software or write their own software are free to use them however they please. Researchers using the lower-cost chips in their systems are also allowed to continue using the software, and so are data center systems used for blockchain processing.