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News Nvidia working on CUDA-based anti-virus

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 7 Oct 2009.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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    Cuda based virus and malware scannning may indeed make the process faster, but there will still be a bottleneck when communicating with the hard drive for accessing data and that has a big knock on effect on performance. I can see this being more benefit to SSD based systems where the read performance will be good enough to minimise the performance impact to other applications.
     
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  3. Dave Lister

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    Beat me to it ! exactly my thoughts !
     
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    +1 more.

    AV scanning may be highly parallel but I've never done a scan that brought a system to its knees via CPU usage, it's always storage-thrashing that wastes time and causes slowdown for me when scanning for viruses or malware.

    Nevertheless, I can't see any downsides to this move so more power to nVidia if they can pull something useful off with it.
     
  5. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    beat me to it as well, i see the biggest problem with av scanning is the the hard drive
     
  6. alpaca

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    i assume the rest of the world is not able to implement that idea using openGL or some other fancy OPEN technology...?
    not really an ati fanboy, but i don't want to throw my crossfire setup away because nvidea is smart enough to effectively use it's unique selling points, and ATI is not.
     
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    +1 rep for that.
     
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    I agree that SSD's could benefit from this, but HDD's will always be a bottleneck.
     
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    but can it play crysis sorry lol
    could it make norton less of a pain ?
     
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    I hope to see Anti-Virus developers taking advantage of both of Nvidia & ATI's GPU languages, and by the time that we will be able to get AV Products that take advantage of the GPU, the SSDs will be a more reasonable buy for your systems. So I hope that they start developing them now!.
     
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    No, you'd need a miracle for that...
     
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    Don't use Norton. It's horrible anyway...

    HDDs are the true bottleneck tbh, not the CPU.
     
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    I'm CPU limited on my ThinkPad X301 /w 160GB Intel SSD when I virus scan. My laptop starts getting really sluggish and I wonder why... it's because the virus scanner has kicked in and the CPU is at 100 per cent load. 15 minutes later, I'm done. I'd love to see virus scanning sped up, although it wouldn't benefit me if it's CUDA based, since my laptop has Intel integrated graphics.
     
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    No-one likes a show off!

    j/k. As HDD move more towards SSDs, I can see the storage become less of a bandwidth issue. However, by then CPUs may have increased performance enough to out-strip the SSDs, so we'll be back to square one. It's in nVidia's court now to demonstrate that will actually speed up the process.
     
  15. Yoy0YO

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    Nvidia antivirus! Now with physX!
     
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    Why don't they use OpenCL or Direct Compute and forget about CUDA completely?
     
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    Is this really new? First time I read about it was a couple of years ago here. Don't know if that effort ever really came to fruition, though.
     
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    I think it would make sense for the AV makers to focus on DX11 compute rather than this as it is GPU agnostic. I'd hate to see how it affects your game when the scheduled weekly scan kicks in.
     
  19. TWeaK

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    I lol'd at that. Scary thing is it could actually happen
     
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    That would be sick.
     
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