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In general, check the crt/host_config.h file to find out which versions are supported. Sometimes it is possible to hack the requirements there to get some newer versions working, too :)

Thrust version can be found in $CUDA_ROOT/include/thrust/version.h.

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Release notes for CUDA Toolkit (CTK):

Version notes Nvidia HPC SDK:

Compatibility Guarantees


  • CUDA 10.0: First introduced in CUDA 10, the CUDA Forward Compatible Upgrade is designed to allow users to get access to new CUDA features and run applications built with new CUDA releases on systems with older installations of the NVIDIA datacenter GPU driver.
  • CUDA 11.1: First introduced in CUDA 11.1, CUDA Enhanced Compatibility provides two benefits:
    • By leveraging semantic versioning across components in the CUDA Toolkit, an application can be built for one CUDA minor release (such as 11.1) and work across all future minor releases within the major family (such as 11.x).
    • CUDA has relaxed the minimum driver version check and thus no longer requires a driver upgrade with minor releases of the CUDA Toolkit.


Latest, officical Compiler requirements:

CUDA version SM Arch g++ icpc pgc++ xlC MSVC clang++ Linux driver thrust note
1.0 1.0-1.1 ? ? ?
1.1 1.0-1.1 ? ? ?
2.0 1.0-1.1 ? ? ?
2.1 1.0-1.3 ? ? ?
2.3.1 1.0-1.3 ? ? ?
3.0 1.0-2.0 ? ? ?
3.1 1.0-2.0 ? ? ?
3.2 1.0-2.1 ? 11.1 ?
4.0 1.0-2.1 <=4.4 11.1 ?
4.1 1.0-2.1 <=4.5 11.1 ?
4.2 1.0-2.1 <=4.6 11.1 ?
5.0 1.0-3.? <=4.6 11.1 ? ? 1.5.3
5.5 1.0-3.? <=4.8 12.1 ? ? 1.7.0 C++11 on host side supported; ICC fixed to build 20110811
6.0 1.0-5.0 <=4.8 13.1 ? 331.62 1.7.1
6.5 1.1-5.X <=4.8 14.0 ? ? ? 1.7.2 experimenal device side C++11 support; including this version, <thrust/sort.h> skrews up __CUDA_ARCH__ (must be undefined on host); deprecation of SM 11-13 (10 removed)
7.0.17 (RC) s. below <=4.9 15.0 >=14.9 13.1.1 ? 346.29 1.8.0 first official PGI support, first xlc string found; powerpc64 w. little endian supported
7.0.27 2.0-5.X <=4.9 15.0 >=14.9 13.1.1 2010-13 346.46 1.8.1 official C++11 support on device side
7.5 <=4.9 15.0 15.4 13.1 2010-13 3.5-3.6 352.41? 1.8.2 clang (host) on linux supported, __CUDACC_VER__ macros added
7.5.18 2.0-5.X <=4.9 15.0 15.4 13.1 2010-13 352.39 1.8.2
8.0.44 2.0-6.X <=5.3 15.0(.4)-16.0 16(.3)+ 13.1(.2) 2012-15 3.8-3.9 367.48 1.8.3-patch2 sm_60 (pascal) support added
8.0.61 2.0-6.X <=5.3 15.0(.4)-17.0 16(.3)+ 13.1(.2) 2012-15 3.8-3.9 375.26 1.8.3-patch2 nvcc 8 is incompatible with std::tuple in gcc 5.4+
9.0.69 (RC) 3.0-7.0 <=5.5 (<=6) 15.0(.4)-17.0 17 13.1(.2) 2012-17 3.8-3.9 ???.?? 1.9.0-patch4 device-side C++14; __CUDACC_VER__ deprecated for __CUDACC_VER_MAJOR/MINOR/BUILD__
9.0.103 (RC) 3.0-7.0 <=5.5 (<=6) 15.0(.4)-17.0 17 13.1(.2) 2012-17 3.8-3.9 384.59 1.9.0-patch4 same as above, __CUDACC_VER__ defined as #error rendering it fully broken
9.0.176 3.0-7.0 <=5.5 (<=6) (15.0-)17.0 17.1 13.1(.5) 2012-17 (3.8-)3.9 384.81 1.9.0-patch5 same as above
9.1.85 3.0-7.2 <=5.5 (<=6) (15.0-)17.0 17.X 13.1(.6) 2012-17 (3.8-)4.0 390.46 1.9.1-patch2 math_functions.hpp moved to crt/ cuBLAS 9.1.128: Volta GEMM kernels optimized ptxas: fix address calculations using large immediate operands cuBLAS: fixes to GEMM optimizations for convolutional sequence to sequence (seq2seq) models.
9.0-9.1 nvcc 9.0-9.1 is incompatible with std::tuple in gcc 6+
9.2.88 3.0-7.2 <=7.3.0 (<=7) (15.0-)17.0 17-18.X 13.1(.6),16.1 2012-17 (3.8-)5.0 396.26 1.9.2 CUTLASS 1.0 added; std::tuple fixed (prior GCC 6 issues)
9.2.148 396.37 1.9.2
10.0.130 3.0-7.5 <=7 (15.0-)18.0 17-18.X 13.1, 16.1 2013-17 (3.8-)6.0 410.48 1.9.3 CUDA Forward Compatible Upgrade
10.1.105 3.0-7.5 <=8 (15.0-)19.0 17-19.X 2013-19 (3.8-)7.0 418.39 1.9.4
10.1.168 (3.8-)8.0 418.67 10.1 "Update 1"
10.1.243 418.87 10.1 "Update 2"
10.2.89 3.0-7.5 <=8 (15.0-)19.0 18-19.X 13.1, 16.1 2015-19 (3.3-)8.* 440.33.01 1.9.7 sm_30,35,37,50 deprecated; nvcc: -allow-unsupported-compiler
11.0.1 (RC) NVCC:11.0.167 3.5-8.0 (5-)6-9.* (15.0-)19.1 18-20.1 13.1, 16.1 2015-19 3.2-9.0.0 450.36.06 1.9.9 macOS dropped; libs drop pre-C++11, deprecate pre-C++14 (GCC < 5, Clang < 6, and MSVC < 2017); Arm C/C++ 19.2 support
11.0.2-1 NVCC:11.0.194 (3.3/)6-9.0.0 450.51.05 nvcc: --Wext-lambda-captures-this
11.0.3 NVCC:11.0.221 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 450.51.06 ? 11.0 "Update 1"; nvcc: --forward-unknown-to-host-compiler, --forward-unknown-to-host-linker flags
11.1.0 NVCC:11.1.74 3.5-8.6 (5-)6-10.0 (15.0-)19.1 18-20.1 13.1, 16.1 2017-19 (3.3/)6-10.0.0 455.23.05 1.9.10-1 Ubuntu@ppc64le deprecated; CUDA Enhanced Compatibility
11.1.1 NVCC:11.1.? ? ? ?
11.2.0 NVCC:11.2.67 460.27.04 1.10.0
11.2.1 NVCC:11.2.142 460.32.03 ? "Update 1"
11.2.2 NVCC:11.2.152 460.32.03 ? "Update 2"
11.3.0 NVCC:11.3.58 465.19.01 ? cu++flt added, Python Driver/RT bindings, alloca()
11.4.0 NVCC:11.4.48 6.0-... 470.42.01 ? sm30,32 and Ubuntu 16.04 dropped, C++11 stdlib for math
11.4.1 NVCC:11.4.100 6.0-11.0 ...-12.0 470.57.02 ? 11.4 "Update 1", fix g++ 10 issues with chrono headers of libstdc++; Ubuntu 16.04 dropped (x86)
11.4.2 NVCC:11.4.120 3.2-12.0 470.57.02 ? ...
11.5.0 NVCC:11.5.50 6.0-11.0 3.2-12.0 495.29.05 ? ...
11.5.1 NVCC:11.5.119
11.6.0 NVCC:11.6.55 6.0-11.0 adds VS2022 3.2-13.0 510.39.01 ? adds -arch=native and PTX generation in nvlink (for LTO workflows with PTX)
CUDA version SM Arch g++ icpc pgc++ xlC MSVC clang++ Linux driver thrust note

Note: empty cells generally mean "same as above" for readability.

macOS: As of 7.0, clang seems to be the only supported compiler on OSX (but no version check found). CUDA 10.1.243 adds support for Xcode 10.2 . CUDA 11.0 dropped macOS support.

Compilers such as pgC, icc, xlC are only supported on x86 linux and little endian.

Dynamic parallelism was added with sm_35 and CUDA 5.0.

Newer CUDA releases have a per-release support matrix for compilers, which also lists supported kernel and glibc versions:

clang++ -x cuda

clang++ can compile CUDA C++ to ptx as well. Give it a whirl!

clang++ supported CUDA release supported SMs
3.9-5.0 7.0-8.0 2.0-(5.0)6.0
6.0 7.0-9.0 (2.0)3.0-7.0
7.0 7.0-9.2 (2.0)3.0-7.2
8.0 7.0-10.0 (2.0)3.0-7.5
9.0 7.0-10.1 (2.0)3.0-7.5
10.0 7.0-10.1 (2.0)3.0-7.5
11.0 7.0-11.0 (2.0)3.0-8.0
12.0 7.0-11.0 (2.0)3.0-8.0
13.0 7.0-11.2 (2.0)3.0-8.6
main 7.0-11.5 (2.0)3.5-8.6

Device-Side C++ Standard Support

C++ core language features:

supported C++ standard notes
nvcc -6.0 c++03
nvcc 6.5 c++03, exp. c++11 undocumented
nvcc 7.0-8.0 c++03,11 only c++11 switch
nvcc 9.0-10.2 c++03,11,14 10.2 adds libcu++ (atomics); open repository:
nvcc 11.0.167+ c++03,11,14,17 C++11 host compiler needed for math libs; ships C++11-compatible backport of the C++20 synchronization library; device LTO added; starting with CUDA Toolkit 11.0.1, nvcc and CUDA Toolkit versions are not equivalent anymore
clang 5+ c++03,11,14,17
clang 6+ c++03,11,14,17,2a
clang 10+ c++03,11,14,17,20
clang 13+ c++03,11,14,17,20,2b
clang trunk c++03,11,14,17,20,2b status

CUDA-enabled C++ standard library libcu++, based on LLVM's libc++ (docs):

introduced components notes
CUDA 10.2 <atomic> (SM6.0+), <type_traits> introduction of libcu++
CUDA 11.0 atomic<T>::wait/notify, <barrier>, <latch>, <counting_semaphore>(SM7.0+), <chrono>, <ratio>, <functional> w/o function anticipated with GTC 2020 slides
CUDA 11.2 cuda::std::tuple,pair notes
CUDA next cuda::std::complex, backports: chrono, type_traits notes
newer see the release notes and api docs all open source now

Incremental libcu++ release goals (GTC 2020):

  • Version 1 (CUDA 10.2): <atomic>(SM6.0+), <type_traits>.
  • Version 2 (CUDA next): atomic<T>::wait/notify, <barrier>, <latch>, <counting_semaphore>(SM7.0+), <chrono>, <ratio>, <functional>minus function.
  • Future priorities: atomic_ref<T>, <complex>, <tuple>, <array>, <utility>, <cmath>, string processing, ...


NVC++ is a unified C++ compiler and GPU-accelerated STL for the CUDA platform. It also seems to support OpenACC. NVC++ does currently not support the CUDA C++ language.

supported C++ standard notes
nvc++ 11.0 ...,c++17 initial release, ships C++11-compatible backport of the C++20 synchronization library

All GPU compilers are cheese.

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Artem-B commented Apr 24, 2020

@mabraham PTX is just text assembly. At the very least you need ptxas, libcuda and libcudart in order to compile it to the actual GPU binary and launch it. libcuda comes with the driver where NVIDIA supports CUDA and it is likely to go away once NVIDIA drops CUDA support on mac. ptxas and libcudart come with CUDA, so they will also be gone. The end result is that even though clang will still be able to generate PTX, it will be nearly useless. MacOS will end up in the same situation where FreeBSD is now -- they have clang, they've had NVIDIA drivers for a pretty long time, they can run Linux's CUDA apps, but there's no native libcuda or libcudart there (linux's ptxas could be run under linux emulation), so they can't use clang to create native CUDA apps. :-(

Just to correct the history: Nvidia provided the PTX backend for LLVM, Google the CUDA frontend.

Google has been the major contributor to NVPTX back-end development in LLVM, too. NVIDIA itself has been conspicuously missing.

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ax3l commented Apr 24, 2020

Thank you for the details and clarification, really appreciate your work and insights.

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mabraham commented Apr 24, 2020

Agree CUDA on Mac is dead sometime soon. Compiling CUDA with clang is a viable proposition on at least Linux now and moving forward :-)

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psychocoderHPC commented Dec 17, 2020

@ax3l: since you added question marks into the support row for CUDA 11.2.
I spotted no changes so you can remove ?

CUDA 11.2.0_460.27.04

  • nvcc + clang as host compiler:
    • clang 3.3+ - 10.x are supported
#if defined(__clang__) && !defined(__ibmxl_vrm__) && !defined(__ICC) && !defined(__HORIZON__) && !defined(__APPLE__)
#if (__clang_major__ >= 11) || (__clang_major__ < 3) || ((__clang_major__ == 3) &&  (__clang_minor__ < 3))
#error -- unsupported clang version! clang version must be less than 11 and greater than 3.2 . The nvcc flag '-allow-unsupported-compiler' can be used to override this version check; however, using an unsupported host compiler may cause compilation failure or incorrect run time execution. Use at your own risk.
  • nvcc + gcc as host compiler:
    • up to gcc 10.X are supported
#if defined(__GNUC__)
#if __GNUC__ > 10
#error -- unsupported GNU version! gcc versions later than 10 are not supported! The nvcc flag '-allow-unsupported-compiler' can be used to override this version check; however, using an unsupported host compiler may cause compilation failure or incorrect run time execution. Use at your own risk.
  • pgi 18.X - 20.X
#if defined(__PGIC__)
#if ((__PGIC__ != 18) && (__PGIC__ != 19) && (__PGIC__ != 20) && !(__PGIC__ == 99 && __PGIC_MINOR__ == 99))
#error -- unsupported pgc++ configuration! Only pgc++ 18, 19 and 20 are supported! The nvcc flag '-allow-unsupported-compiler' can be used to override this version check; however, using an unsupported host compiler may cause compilation failure or incorrect run time execution. Use at your own risk.
  • XL

    • ... only xlC 13.1 and 16.1 ...
  • ICC

    • (15.0) - 19.1
#if (__ICC != 1500 && __ICC != 1600 && __ICC != 1700 && __ICC != 1800 && !(__ICC >= 1900 && __ICC <= 1999)) || !defined(__GNUC__) || !defined(__LP64__)

#error -- unsupported ICC configuration! Only ICC 15.0, ICC 16.0, ICC 17.0, ICC 18.0 and ICC 19.x on Linux x86_64 are supported! 
  • MSC
#if _MSC_VER < 1910 || _MSC_VER >= 1930
#error -- unsupported Microsoft Visual Studio version! Only the versions between 2017 and 2019 (inclusive) are

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psychocoderHPC commented Dec 18, 2020

@ax3l @bernhardmgruber pointed out that the table is saying clang 3.X is not supported for CUDA 11.X. I think it is wrong because clang 3.3+ is supported.

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ghost commented Dec 27, 2020

@Artem-B (and others)

Any idea when clang will support cuda 11? At my group, we are undecided if to choose c++20 and cuda 10.1 or c++17 and cuda 11 (with nvcc instead of clang), for an upcoming project which we will start in around 3 months.
Ideally we would prefer to use clang w/ support for cuda 11 (as we will be working with new ampere cards) but some of the features (i.e. modules) of c++ 20 are too good to ignore for a project that will be written from scratch.

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Artem-B commented Dec 27, 2020

Clang (top-of-the-tree) is able to compile with CUDA-11.x. It works well enough to compile TensorFlow. What's missing is the support for the full set of the new TensorCore instructions for newer GPUs (that's been the case for a while, already), ability to target sm_86, and support for bf16/tf32 types. Existing code that compiles with CUDA-10.1 is expected to compile with CUDA-11.x.

I'll likely add sm_86 support in January. The rest is a larger undertaking with no specific plans to get it done. In practice the code that would need TensorCore instructions tends to use inline assembly for the new instructions and should compile with clang now. Support for bf16/tf32 will probably not happen any time soon.

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ghost commented Dec 27, 2020

Thanks for the update. We already have a few 3090 (which we will be using fp16) while we wait for the a100 system to be delivered, so we will probably start working with clang and then see if its worth to port the c++ 20 code to c++17 to be used with nvcc.

Also, any idea of how clang is comparing to nvcc in terms of optimal code/performance?
We will be using cuda/cudnn/cublas.

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Artem-B commented Dec 31, 2020

Also, any idea of how clang is comparing to nvcc in terms of optimal code/performance?

Performance-wise clang is usually on par. Sometimes a bit better (it tends to have a bit better optimizer), sometimes a bit worse (e.g. NVCC is much more aggressive at unrolling loops). A lot of the differences are eliminated due to the fact that both NVCC and clang in the end use ptxas which optimizes generated PTX and often produces nearly identical SASS for somewhat different PTX from both compilers.

We will be using cuda/cudnn/cublas.

For using NVIDIA's libraries compiler does not matter -- it's the same library regardless of whether you use clang or nvcc.
For CUDA sources, see above.

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ghost commented Jan 2, 2021

Great, Thanks.

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ax3l commented Jan 2, 2021

@psychocoderHPC thank you for the update!

I updated the old clang versions, since the changelog does officially drop support for them. That means the library teams at Nvidia do not run CI against it anymore, so the range of usage will get narrower and less useful for those ancient compiler releases with modern CUDA releases (think: cuRand, cuBLAS, cuFFT, cub and thrust). Also, Nvidia libs transition all to C++14, so essentially you don't want to bother with gcc<5 and clang<5 anymore with CUDA11+.

With that disclaimer said, I updated the table accordingly nonetheless :) (putting ancient asserts in brackets)

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mabraham commented Jan 3, 2021

Note that still documents that latest supported CUDA is 10.1. Whose error is that?

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ax3l commented Jan 3, 2021

@mabraham The documentation is in this file:
You could send a PR to and assign/request @Artem-B for a review :)

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Artem-B commented Jan 5, 2021

latest supported CUDA is 10.1.
This is still true. This is the version for which clang implements all builtins needed by CUDA headers.
More recent CUDA versions will mostly compile and work as long as you don't happen to need the new compiler builtins. I.e. if you include mma.h or cuda_fp16.h when bf16/tf32 types are enabled in CUDA-11.x, things will likely break. Most of the code that compiles with CUDA-11.1 will still compile with newer CUDA versions, so clang issues a warning, but allows compilation to proceed. The results vary.

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ax3l commented Apr 10, 2021

You can check out the PyTorch documentation or use a from-source package manager like Spack (package: py-torch). This comment section is not the right place for support for specific CUDA-dependent software though, all we do is document CUDA compiler compatibility.

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ax3l commented May 26, 2021

@Artem-B I was wondering, should the C++ standard default for -x cuda maybe be in lockstep with the Clang default for -x c++ to avoid confusion?

$ clang++-9 -dM -E -x c++  /dev/null | grep -F __cplusplus
#define __cplusplus 201402L

$ clang++-9 -dM -E -nocudalib -nocudainc -x cuda /dev/null | grep -F __cplusplus
#define __cplusplus 199711L
#define __cplusplus 199711L

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Artem-B commented May 26, 2021

Huh. Interesting. I don't think we do anything special to set the default C++ version during CUDA compilation.
I suspect that whatever sets it only checks if the input language is C++, but does not pay attention to C++ extensions.

Yes, it would make sense to match the default version set by clang for C++. I'll get that fixed.

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ax3l commented May 26, 2021

@Artem-B awesome, thanks a lot!

If it's any good, the friendly folks over at AMD/HIP seem to have the same challenge :)

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Artem-B commented May 26, 2021

CUDA and HIP front-end share the same code under the hood, so it's not surprising.

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Artem-B commented May 27, 2021

AMD folks beat me to it:

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ax3l commented May 28, 2021

Cool! But that diff only changed the HIP frontend, not yet the CUDA frontend?
The CUDA defaults a few lines above probably need changing, too :)

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Artem-B commented Jun 2, 2021

It's c++14 by default now for both CUDA and HIP: llvm/llvm-project@f7e87dd

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ax3l commented Jun 4, 2021

Wuhu, thanks a lot!

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bernhardmgruber commented Aug 13, 2021

nvcc 11.4.1 now works again with g++ 10. Previous versions of nvcc choked somewhere in the chrono headers of libstdc++ IIRC.
Also g++ 11 is now supported with nvcc 11.4.1. I just successfully compiled an alpaka/LLAMA program with both combinations.

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ax3l commented Aug 20, 2021

Thanks for the info @bernhardmgruber. So you say we should mark nvcc 11.1..11.4.0 as broken for g++10, right?

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bernhardmgruber commented Aug 20, 2021

I am mainly happy that nvcc 11.4.1 supports g++11 now, which you updated, thx!

So you say we should mark nvcc 11.1..11.4.0 as broken for g++10, right?

Well, some versions of nvcc before 11.4.1 failed to parse the chrono headers. Whether that should be considered broken is beyond my judgement. Some people may not need this part of the stdlib and are fine. So I think your comment, that nvcc 11.4.1 fixes compilation of chrono, is good enough. Thanks!

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ax3l commented Sep 4, 2021

Automated compiler crawling script on include/host_config.h by @haampie:
spack/spack#25054 (comment)

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Artem-B commented Sep 4, 2021

BTW, top-of-the-tree clang (14?) now defaults to sm_35 with CUDA support bumped up up to 11.4.
Default C++ version for CUDA compilation now matches that of C++ compilation and is currently C++14.

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ax3l commented Jan 21, 2022

Thanks Artem, updated :)

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