I am running dense point cloud reconstruction on my mac mini and need a CUDA enabled eGPU. Is this eGPU CUDA enabled? If not, which is CUDA compatible
We are using open source code with Xcode to run dense point cloud reconstruction of 3D spaces from 1,000+ UAS photos. We are running this on our brand-new mac mini with 64GB RAM that is apparently not used by the onboard METAL GPU. The process for a single reconstruction of the dense point cloud is taking well over seven days for a single model. The software needs a CUDA enabled graphics card to run this process in an acceptable timeframe. Is this eGPU CUDA enabled/compatible? If this eGPU is not, do you have a recommendation for an eGPU that is CUDA compatible with the Mac Mini?
- Asked by Timothy M from Pelham
1 Answer from the Community
Search for "NVIDIA CUDA Installation Guide for Mac OS X". Only Nvidia GPUs support CUDA. The last Nvidia GPUs supported by macOS are the Pascal series (GTX 1080, etc.) for High Sierra 10.13.x which is also the last macOS version to support CUDA and the Nvidia Web Drivers. The last Nvidia GPU supported by macOS Catalina 10.15.x are the Kepler series (GTX 680, etc.). The new Mac mini does not support macOS High Sierra.
- Answered by Joseph V from Fort Langley