458: NVIDIA's New View
15 May 2022
NVIDIA is open-sourcing their GPU drivers, but there are a few things you need to know. Plus, we get some exclusive insights into Tailscale from one of its co-founders.
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- Longhorn on Twitter — Note that the 30MB+ firmware supports multiple GPU generations, and that’s an important factor. (If you see the elf sections, there’s ones for Turing, Ampere DC, Ampere customer and Gnext)
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