CUDA: Week in Review
Tues., Jan. 14, 2011, Issue #45 - Newsletter Home
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Molecular Research + GPUs + Crowd Funding
This week’s CUDA spotlight is on Joshua Adelman, a University of Pittsburgh researcher who studies biological phenomena in order to better understand diseases such as diabetes and epilepsy. Joshua’s project is funded with the help of FundScience, which enables the public to support pilot research projects.
NVIDIA: Joshua, tell us about your research.
Joshua: I am interested in understanding how proteins that sit in the cell membrane selectively transport small molecules across the membrane. Specifically, I study two transporters - one removes a neurotransmitter from the synapse and is critical in proper nervous system function; the other is responsible for absorption of sugar in the intestines and kidneys. Both are potential targets for treating a number of diseases including ALS, epilepsy and type 2 diabetes.
NVIDIA: What kind of results are you achieving [with GPU computing]?
Joshua: For simple representations of the protein, we typically get a several hundred-fold increase in simulation throughput compared to a CPU implementation running on a single core. In this regard, GPUs running CUDA have been an enabling technology. They have allowed us to perform calculations that would have been completely unfeasible just a couple of years ago.
NVIDIA: How can people learn more about your research?
Joshua: My FundScience project page can be found at and information about our lab's efforts can be found at

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Microsoft is offering two one-hour sessions on GPU supercomputing and finance on Monday, Jan. 24 in Manhattan. The sessions are "Supercomputing with Excel" and "GPUs for Finance." The speaker is Andrew Sheppard, a financial consultant with extensive experience in quantitative financial analysis and trading-desk software development. On the evening of Jan. 24, Microsoft will host a meetup for people interested in HPC and GPU computing across all industries. (See CUDA Calendar for details)

Wolfram Research is hosting seminars on "Optimizing Financial Modeling," featuring Dr. Michael Kelly and other industry experts. The seminars will be held in Chicago on Tuesday, Jan. 25 and in Manhattan on Thursday, Jan. 27. Dr. Kelly was formerly a quant with firms in the Chicago Board of Trade and a senior lecturer at the University of Western Sydney. (See CUDA Calendar for details)
MATLAB is making the pre-release of MATLAB R2011a available to existing MATLAB PCT licensees. R2011a adds a host of new GPU features.
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MainConcept released CUDA H.264/AVC Encoder SDK 1.1, updating its popular video codec with support for Mac OS X and Linux 32-bit/64-bit. V1.0 for CUDA shipped in Sept. 2010 as the first GPU-accelerated product by MainConcept. Leading video software developers are implementing CUDA support now (including Microsoft, with its upcoming Expression Encoder 4 with GPU acceleration).
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The NVIDIA Foundation’s Compute the Cure RFP is open for researchers in gene sequencing. Compute the Cure is an initiative to identify opportunities where NVIDIA technology and other resources can have a dramatic impact in the battle against cancer.
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NEW: Each week we will highlight a session from GTC 2010 and SC10. Here are our picks for this week:

    Evolution of GPUs for General Purpose Computing (GTC 2010)
    Ian Buck - NVIDIA (video - 40 mins.)

    GPU Computing: To ExaScale and Beyond (SC10)
    Bill Dally - NVIDIA (pdf)

PensionsFirst of London provides advanced risk management analytics/advisory services and has grown rapidly to over 70 people. The company is looking to use GPUs to bring even more innovative products to its customers and is recruiting an experienced CUDA developer to join its team. Email or visit
January 2011

CUDA/OpenCL Training - Acceleware and Colfax
Jan. 17-21, 2011, Sunnyvale, Calif.
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NEW: HPC and GPU Supercomputing in Finance - Hosted by Microsoft
Jan. 24, 2011, New York, NY (Microsoft offices: 1290 Avenue of the Americas)
11:00 am - 12:00 noon: Session 1 - Supercomputing with Excel
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm: Session 2 - GPU Supercomputing with Microsoft HPC
1:00 - 2:00 pm: Repeat of Session 1 - Supercomputing with Excel
2:00 - 3:00 pm: Repeat of Session 2 - GPU Supercomputing with Microsoft HPC

NEW: Meetup for HPC and GPU Enthusiasts - Hosted by Microsoft
Jan. 24, 2011, New York, NY (Microsoft offices: 1290 Avenue of the Americas)
6:00 - 8:30 pm: Meetup for people interested in HPC and GPU computing
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Optimizing Financial Modeling/Chicago - Wolfram Research
Jan. 25, 2011, Chicago
Featured Speaker: Dr. Michael Kelly

Optimizing Financial Modeling/New York - Wolfram Research
Jan. 27, 2011, New York
Featured Speaker: Dr. Michael Kelly

February - June 2011

GPU Computing Session, German Physical Society Conference
March 13-18, 2011, Dresden, Germany

ASIM Workshop 2011 - ASIM and Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM)
March 14-16, 2011, Leibniz, Germany
Theme: Trends in Computational Science & Engineering: Foundations of Modeling & Simulation

Application Accelerators in High Performance Computing (SAAHPC 2011)
Call for papers: May 6, 2011
Event: July 19-21, 2011, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Workshop on High Performance Computational Biology - IEEE
May 16, 2011, Anchorage, Alaska
Note: Held with International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium

Intelligent Vehicles Conference - IEEE
June 5-9, 2011, Baden-Baden, Germany

Internat’l. Supercomputing Conference
June 19-23, 2011, Hamburg, Germany

Internat’l. Conference on Computer Systems and Applications
June 27#45;30, 2011, Sharm El#45;Sheikh, Egypt

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