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GPU Service Discovery

GPU-SD is a library and daemon for the discovery and announcement of graphics processing units using ZeroConf. It enables auto-configuration of ad-hoc GPU clusters and multi-GPU machines.

The source code is hosted on github and documented here.


The GPU-SD library uses modules which implement discovery using different protocols. Each module is a separate library, which can be selectively linked by applications, limiting dependencies. Currently available are:


When an application is run through VirtualGL, gpu-sd detects this and sets the FLAG_VIRTUALGL on all local GPUs, and additionally FLAG_VIRTUALGL_DISPLAY on the GPU used by VirtualGL for redirection. This is only implemented for GLX so far (more info).


The daemon uses all available local modules to query local GPUs and announces them using ZeroConf on the local network. The service type name is "_gpu-sd". The dns_sd discovery module gathers the information announced by all daemons on the local network. The following protocol is used by the daemon:


Version 1.4 release notes:

Version 1.0.3 release notes:


The build system is using CMake, with a default Makefile to trigger CMake and compilation. Typing 'make' should suffice. A ZeroConf implementation is required for the dns_sd module and the daemon. On Mac OS X it is part of the operating system, on Linux AVAHI is tested ('sudo apt-get install libavahi-compat-libdnssd-dev' on Ubuntu). If no ZeroConf implementation is found, GPU-SD is only compiled with local discovery modules.


An application can use the discovery by linking the relevant module libraries, instantiation the modules in the code and then quering the instantiated modules. The following will find all remote and the local GPUs on Windows:

const gpusd::GPUInfos& infos = gpusd::Module::discoverGPUs();

Filters are chainable functors which can be passed to the query function to discard information. The following filters are provided:

Projects using GPU-SD