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Name: cuDNN
Reason: Significantly increases compute speed of deep learing tasks. Most users with a Nvidia GPU will need this for deep learning tasks.
Open Source: No
Notes: Downloading requires membership of the Nvidia Developer Program.

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NaxNir created this task.Aug 19 2017, 2:30 PM
ikey added a subscriber: ikey.

If it requires membership to download it, how are we meant to distribute it?

In T4333#76567, @ikey wrote:

If it requires membership to download it, how are we meant to distribute it?
Arch Linux is distributing it.

euoar added a subscriber: euoar.Aug 19 2017, 4:05 PM

Arch is not distributing it. AUR packages are built locally, forcing individual users to be responsible for agreeing to the license.

Per the included SLA:

  1. CUDNN DISTRIBUTION. Subject to the terms of the SLA and this Supplement, NVIDIA hereby grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license during the applicable license term unless earlier terminated pursuant to the SLA, to distribute the runtime files (.so, .h) when delivered to you as part of the cuDNN Licensed Software in source code form or binary form (but not when provided to you as part of a hardware product), subject to such distribution being solely in binary form to your licensees (“Customers”) only as a component of your own software products having additional material functionality beyond the redistributable cuDNN Licensed Software (each, a “Licensee Application"). Subject to the terms and conditions of the SLA and this Supplement, you may further authorize Customers to redistribute the cuDNN Licensed Software as incorporated into a Licensee Application, solely in binary form, provided, however, that you shall require in your agreements with your Customers that their distributions be on terms at least as restrictive as those applicable for your use of the cuDNN Licensed Software within a Licensee Application. The expiration or termination of your licenses to the cuDNN Licensed Software under the SLA and this Supplement will not affect your previous cuDNN distributions in compliance with the SLA and this Supplement.

IANAL, but the language is pretty clear here. The expectation is that cuDNN be bundled with an application. This is further reinforced by an earlier section of the SLA:

License Restrictions.
Except as expressly authorized in the AGREEMENT, you agree that you will not (nor authorize third parties to):
[omitted (i) to (iv) for brevity]
(vii) distribute, permit access to, or sublicense the Licensed Software as a stand-alone product;

DataDrake closed this task as Wontfix.Mar 16 2018, 7:47 PM
DataDrake claimed this task.

As we still cannot distribute cuDNN over 6 months later, I am closing this until that changes.