Nvidia Curbs Data Center GPU Use – But Crypto Miners Are Excluded

GPU maker Nvidia has tweaked its software license agreement to limit the use of its products by data centers – unless they’re mining cryptocurrencies.

An update to the company’s license agreement emphasizes that the drivers which allow computers to work with the GeForce or Titan chips cannot be used in data centers unless they are being used for “blockchain processing” tasks.

It states:

“No Datacenter Deployment. The [software] is not licensed for datacenter deployment, except that blockchain processing in a datacenter is permitted.”

That phrase is a stand-in for the more commonly used term “mining”, or the energy-intensive process by which new transactions are added to a blockchain. Nvidia’s graphics card products – along with those from rival chip maker AMD – have been highly sought by miners in recent months, as previously reported.

The boost in demand has been significant for chip manufacturers, with Nvidia, in particular, posting $2.23 billion in revenue after the second quarter in 2017…

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