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Kaspersky works with NVIDIA on GPU virus busting

by Sylvie Barak on 15 December 2009, 13:23

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), Kaspersky

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CUDA speeded up that virus detection

Russian developer of secure content management software Kaspersky Lab has teamed up with NVIDIA to use Tesla GPUs and CUDA to speed up the virus detecting process.

The firm believes that by using an NVIDIA Tesla S1070 1U GPU system to accelerate the screening of malicious software - using a file similarity detection technology - the entire process can be speeded up some 360 times when compared to doing the same work on a Core2 Duo running at 2.6 GHz.

Kaspersky's anti-virus works in such a way that if a file is suspected of being malicious, even though it may not match any known virus signatures, the software uploads the file to Kaspersky's data centre where the server software compares the suspected file to some 50 million known good files and programs.

The Russian firm also says it uses anti-virus and spam detection algorithms to identify the risk level of suspect files, and then advises the client computer what action it should take to neutralise the threat.

A press release by the firm says that using Tesla S1070 has "significantly boosted the rate of identification of unknown files, thus making for a quicker response to new threats and providing users with even faster and more complete protection."