On Wednesday, May 31, 2017 09:07:16 ParticlePeter via Digitalmars-d-announce wrote: > On Tuesday, 30 May 2017 at 18:06:56 UTC, Walter Bright wrote: > > On 5/30/2017 5:12 AM, Nicholas Wilson wrote: > >> Ah, isn't English wonderful. I guess Walter is suffering the > >> inverse of the Calvin & Hobbes "Verbing nouns weirds the > >> language", nouning verbs does weird the language, but only to > >> those who aren't used to that particular nouning of the verb. > > > > Just to clarify, I find that "Compute" is not evocative of > > "GPU". I read "CUDA by Example" a couple years ago, and even > > downloaded the CUDA SDK and compiled/ran a simple program on a > > graphics card. But I never noticed that "Compute" had anything > > specific to do with GPU programming. > > > > I fear the conversation will go like this, like it has for me: > > N: DCompute > > W: What's DCompute? > > N: Enables GPU programming with D > > W: Cool! > > > > instead of: > > N: D-GPU > > W: Cool! I can use D to program GPUs! > > > > The problem with the first conversation is W may just move on > > to the next topic rather than investigate what DCompute is. > > D-GPU is very misleading to people who use the GPU for its > original purpose, which is graphics programming. One could assume > D-GPU being an alternative to Vulkan, OpenGL, DirectX. > > The term 'compute' is well established with the community of > people using the gpu for, well, compute purpose. You need to ask > your self if you want to attract people who understand that term > and are willing to use or try it with D, or if you want to inform > a broader spectrum of people that 'D' can now do some (whatever) > stuff on the 'GPU'. > > So +1 for DCompute, but if you insist you should definitely > narrow it down to D-GPGPU.
Something like d-compute-gpu or d-gpu-compute maybe? I don't know. Maybe dcompute is fine, but it's clear that for a number of folks, it's a pretty meaningless name. On the other hand, I don't know how many of such folks would even be interestend in using it. - Jonathan M Davis