In my previous question, I asked about why people don't program on the GPU. Now I am learning about fluid dynamics with this article. They say that it should all be done on the GPU. The game engine that I use is Unity, and I know that shaders are run on the GPU. But is there any way to program (other than shaders) on the GPU?
Vertex and pixel shaders are the primary way that graphics programming on the GPU is done. However, more recent GPUs also support some technologies for more general-purpose parallel programming, such as CUDA (NVIDIA only), OpenCL, and most recently compute shaders (on DirectX 11 GPUs; google for more info about them). I don't think CUDA or OpenCL can effectively interchange data with the graphics pipeline, but compute shaders can.