CUDA: Week in Review
Fri., April 29, 2011, Issue #54 - Newsletter Home
Welcome to CUDA: Week in Review, an online news summary for the worldwide CUDA, GPU computing and parallel programming ecosystem.
CUDA Spotlight on Dr. Wu-chun Feng
NVIDIA Parallel Nsight 2.0 Release Candidate
Standard Life Canada Adopts PathWise
New GPU Meetup in Colorado
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CUDA Spotlight
Compute the Cure
This week’s Spotlight is on Dr. Wu-chun Feng, an associate professor at Virginia Tech and director of the Synergy Lab.

Virginia Tech has been named the inaugural research partner for the NVIDIA Foundation’s Compute the Cure initiative, which was announced on Thursday. The goal of Compute the Cure is to target ways GPU computing can help find a cure for cancer. Here’s a preview of our interview with Wu:
Dr. Wu-chun Feng
NVIDIA: Congrats on the Compute the Cure award. What will you focus on?
Wu: We plan to use the philanthropic award from the NVIDIA Foundation to fundamentally change the way cancer biologists conduct their science.
NVIDIA: How does GPU computing play a role in your work?
Wu: I work at the intersection of systems software, middleware and application software and tools. The power of GPU computing is critical to my work and to the domain scientists and engineers with whom I collaborate.
NVIDIA: What are the advantages of CUDA?
Wu: CUDA provides an easily accessible, general-purpose programming model for the GPU (i.e., it has a relatively short learning curve).  With CUDA, more people can get up and running faster to solve important challenges that lend themselves to parallel programming.
  - Read the complete interview here

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CUDA Developer News
NVIDIA Parallel Nsight 2.0 Release Candidate Available back to the top
Parallel Nsight is the only development environment for massively parallel computing integrated into Microsoft Visual Studio. The new release candidate provides full support for Visual Studio 2010 and CUDA Toolkit 4.0.
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- May 5 webinar: Parallel Nsight 2.0: Attach To Process
- May 6 webinar: Parallel Nsight 2.0: PTX/SASS Assembly Debugging
Standard Life Canada Adopts Aon Benfield’s PathWise Platform
London-based Aon Benfield announced that Standard Life Canada has adopted PathWise, a high-performance computing solution based on NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and developed in CUDA C. PathWise accelerates simulation-based risk management from weeks or days to minutes or seconds.
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MotionDSP Releases Ikena 2.2 for Video Processing
MotionDSP announced Ikena 2.2, adding GPU-accelerated H264 encoding, faster processing and better stability. Ikena GPU users can now use multiple GPUs -- one for video processing and one for encoding.
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An Update from Asia
GPU developers in Singapore and Taiwan are cordially invited to these upcoming events:
- Singapore GTC Workshop, May 12
       Co-sponsored by NVIDIA, NOVATTE and A*Star.
       Keynote by Prof. Wei Ge of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
- Taiwan GTC Workshop, May 19 in Taipei
       Sponsored by NVIDIA. Sanford Russell of NVIDIA will present.
- In addition, the NVIDIA Taiwan team has launched a CUDA Contest, co-hosted with NCHC.
       Registration is open now through August 22.

CUDA News from India
GPU computing activity is heating up in India. Here are a few highlights:
- The M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology in Bangalore has been named a CUDA Teaching Center
- The Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore has been recognized as a CUDA Research Center, to be led by Prof. K. Rajan, whose focus is on medical imaging, computed tomography and microscopy
- Prof. Sharat Chandran of IIT Mumbai, a CUDA Research Center, has published a paper titled: Implicit Surface Octrees for Ray Tracing Point Models

New GPU Event in Israel
The inaugural Israel GPU Technology Summit will take place May 30 in Tel Aviv. It’s co-sponsored by NVIDIA and Sagivtech. Dr. David B. Kirk, NVIDIA Fellow, will deliver the opening keynote. Sponsors include HP and MathWorks.
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New GPU Meetup in Colorado
A new GPGPU enthusiast group has sprung up, an example of viral GPU momentum on the Meetup social media platform. This one is in the Denver/Boulder area.
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Replays of the Week
NEW: Each week we highlight sessions from GTC 2010 and SC10. Here are our picks for this week: back to the top
      WebGL: Bringing 3D to the Web (GTC 10)
      Vladimir Vukicevic - Mozilla Corporation (40 mins, starts at 2:15 mark)

      Considerations for Next Generation Weather Simulations (SC10)
      Thomas Schulthess - Swiss National Supercomputing Centre
Aptina Imaging is looking for talented GPGPU software engineers to work on next generation imaging apps in augmented reality, location-based social imaging, network-centric processing, plenoptic camera mapping and camera-sensor fusion. Location: San Jose, Calif. Job #3090.
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- Meetup: HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Silicon Valley
      May 2, 2011, 6:00 pm, Mountain View, Calif.

- Meetup: HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Boston
      May 4, 2011, 6:00 pm, Cambridge, Mass.

- Meetup: HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Seattle
      May 9, 2011, 5:00 pm, Seattle, Wash.

- Meetup: Sydney GPU Users
      May 12, 2011, 6:00 pm, Sydney, Australia

 - Meetup: Brisbane GPU Users
      May 19, 2011, 6:00 pm, Brisbane, Australia

- Meetup: HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of New Mexico
      June 8, 2011, 6:30 pm, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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CUDA Calendar
May 2011 back to the top
- CUDA/OpenCL Training - Microsoft, Acceleware
May 2-5, 2011, Calgary, Canada

- GPU Computing Overview - Microsoft, Acceleware, NVIDIA
May 3, 2011, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Boston, Mass.

- GPU Computing Overview - Microsoft, Acceleware, NVIDIA
May 4, 2011, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, New York, New York

- CUDA/OpenCL Training - Microsoft, Acceleware
May 10-13, 2011, Mountain View, Calif.

- GTC Workshop Singapore
May 12, 2011, Singapore
Co-sponsored by NVIDIA and NOVATTE
Note: Keynote by Prof. Wei Ge, IPE, Chinese Academy of Sciences

- Spring CUDA Training by Tech-X Corporation
May 16-18, 2011, Boulder, Colo.
Note: To be led by Dr. Peter Messmer, Dr. Paul Mullowney, Dr. Michael Galloy

- Parallel CFD Conference (ParCFD 2011)
May 16-20, 2011, Barcelona, Spain
Note: Tutorial by Tom Reed, NVIDIA, on May 16

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

- GPU Computing Overview - Microsoft, Acceleware, NVIDIA
May 19, 2011, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, San Francisco, Calif.

- GTC Workshop Taiwan
May 19, 2011, Taipei, Taiwan
Note: Sanford Russell, NVIDIA, to present

- GPU Computing Overview - Microsoft, Acceleware, NVIDIA
May 20, 2011, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Chicago, Ill.

- GPGPU Computing for Scientific Applications
May 23-27, 2011, Cordoba, Argentina
Held in FaMAF, National University of Cordoba
Note: Sessions by Robert Strzodka (MPI-Saarbrücken) and Ross Walker (SDSC, CUDA Fellow)

- NAFEMS World Congress: Promoting Adoption of HPC for Engineering Simulation
May 23-26, 2011, Boston, Mass.
Note: Session by Stan Posey, NVIDIA, on May 25

- LS-DYNA 8th European Users Conference
May 23-24, 2011, Strasbourg, France
Note: Paper and talk by Stan Posey and Srinivas Kodiyalam, NVIDIA

- CUDA/OpenCL Training - Microsoft, Acceleware
May 24-27, 2011, Houston, Tex.

- GPU Technology Summit - Israel
May 30, 2011, Tel Aviv, Israel

- Computer Simulations on GPU - International Symposium
May 30-June 1, 2011, Mainz, Germany
Note: Axel Koehler, NVIDIA, to present
June 2011

- 25th International Conference on Supercomputing
June 1-4, 2011, Tucson, Ariz.

- Intelligent Vehicles Conference - IEEE
June 5-9, 2011, Baden-Baden, Germany
Note: Session by Jeff Ota, NVIDIA, on Parallel Computing in Intelligent Vehicles

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

- Internat’l. Conference on Computer Systems and Applications
June 27-30, 2011, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
July - Sept. 2011

- 2011 World Congress on Engineering (WCE 2011)
July 6-8, 2011, London, England

- Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO)
July 12-16, 2011 Dublin, Ireland

- World Congress in C.S., Computer Engineering, Applied Computing (WORLDCOMP’11)
July 18-21, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada

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

- Advanced Numerical Methods on GPUs
Mini-symposium at ENUMATH 2011
Sept. 5-9, Univ. of Leicester, Leicester, UK

- Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics (PPAM 2011)
(Call for papers: May 6)
July 19-21, 2011, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

- Advanced Numerical Methods on GPUs
Mini-symposium at ENUMATH 2011
Sept. 5-9, Univ. of Leicester, Leicester, UK

- Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics (PPAM 2011)
Sept. 11-14, 2011, Torun, Poland
Note: Scientific Computing with GPUs tutorial, incl. session by Tim Schroeder, NVIDIA

- Geospatial Summit
Sept. 13-14, 2011, Herndon, Virginia

- SPIE Conference on High-Performance Computing in Remote Sensing
Sept. 19-22, 2011, Prague, Czech Republic

- SEG (Society of Exploration Geophysicists) Annual Meeting
Sept 18-23, 2011, San Antonio, Tex.
(Deadline for abstracts: April 6, 2011)

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