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This document is the Software License Agreement (SLA) for NVIDIA cuDNN. The following contains specific license terms and conditions for NVIDIA cuDNN. By accepting this agreement, you agree to comply with all the terms and conditions applicable to the specific product(s) included herein.
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The terms in this supplement govern your use of the NVIDIA cuDNN SDK under the terms of your license agreement (“Agreement”) as modified by this supplement. Capitalized terms used but not defined below have the meaning assigned to them in the Agreement.
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