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As the number of data points, feature dimensionality, and number of centers for clustering algorithms increase, computational tractability becomes a problem. The fuzzy c-means has a large degree of inherent algorithmic parallelism that modern CPU architectures do not exploit. Many pattern recognition algorithms can be sped up on a graphics processing unit (GPU) as long as the majority of computation at various stages and the components are not dependent on each other. We present a generalized method for offloading fuzzy clustering to a GPU, while maintaining control over the number of data points, feature dimensionality, and the number of cluster centers. GPU-based clustering is a high-performance low-cost solution that frees up the CPU. Our results show a speed increase of over two orders of magnitude for particular clustering configurations and platforms.