The use of graphic processor units (GPUs) has been recently proposed in computational electromagnetics to accelerate the solution of the electric field integral equation. In these methods, the linear systems obtained by using boundary elements are considered, and then an accelerated solution for a specific excitation is obtained. The existing studies are mostly focused on speeding up the filling time or the LU decomposition of that matrix. This limits the application to simple simulation scenarios if a fast method is not employed. In this paper, we propose a GPU acceleration for FFT-based integral equation solvers. We will investigate the operations involved in the solver, and we will motivate the use of GPUs. Results of numerical tests will be reported firstly on a perfect electric conductor sphere with different radii; then a realistic aircraft will be considered. We found that using GPUs for FFT-based methods allows achieving a reasonable speed-up. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.