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GPU compute is available in WSL on in Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 21H2

Microsoft has implemented support for GPU compute in WSL. According to the company, it is the most requested feature by WSL users.

GPU compute is available in WSL on in Windows 11 and Windows 10

If you are not familiar with GPU compute, it is a technology that allows to utilize GPU resources for compute-intensive tasks. This significantly speeds up calculations.

GPU computing leverages the GPU (graphics processing unit) to accelerate math heavy workloads and uses its parallel processing to complete the required calculations faster, in many cases, than utilizing only a CPU.

This parallelization enables significant processing speed improvements for these math heavy workloads then when running on a CPU. Training machine learning models is a great example in which GPU compute can significantly accelerate the time to complete this computationally expensive task.

This new feature requires WSL 2, and at least Windows 10 20H2. Microsoft recommends starting with this guide: GPU Accelerated ML Training guide.

If you don't have WSL installed, open Windows Terminal as administrator, as simply type wsl --install. This will automatically activate all the required OS components and download the default Ubuntu distro from the Store.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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