CUDA: Week in Review
Monday, July 26, 2010, Issue #31
WELCOME
Welcome to "CUDA: Week in Review," an online news summary for the worldwide CUDA and GPU Computing community.
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GPU TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE COUNTDOWN: 8 WEEKS!
GTC 2010 Sessions Posted on Web
Take a look at the great line-up of technical content to be presented at GTC 2010, with even more still to come. Newly-confirmed sessions include:

      – Faster Simulation of the National Airspace System
                Joseph Rios, NASA

      – The GPU in the Reactive Control of Industrial Robots
                Alan Peters, Universal Robotics

      – Evacuate Now? Faster than Real-Time Shallow Water Simulation
                Andre Brodtkorb, SINTEF
CUDA NEWS
CUDA GPUs Accelerate Video Analysis for Russian YouTube
Co-founders of Russian video site RuTube (www.rutube.ru) have launched LicenZero (www.licenzero.ru), a project focused on preventing illegal posting of video on RuNet (the Russian internet). Detection of copyrighted video is challenging. The exploding popularity of streaming online video in Russia, combined with the necessity to analyze video in a fraction of a second, caused the developers at LicenZero to seek out new approaches to the problem. They found that even highly-optimized, proprietary algorithms running on CPUs were not sufficient to handle the complex computational requirements. LicenZero developers then turned to CUDA and GPU computing - with promising results. LicenZero’s CEO, Oleg Volobuev, commented: "A single NVIDIA Tesla system performed the work of 28 traditional 3GHz CPUs. We achieved a 30X speed-up, which transformed the video analysis problem into a tractable one and resulted in savings related to hardware as well as power consumption. This is a real breakthrough."
PEER 1 Hosting Launches First Large-Scale "GPU Cloud"
PEER 1 Hosting, a global online IT hosting provider, announced availability of the industry´s first large-scale GPU cloud (a cloud-hosted website operates on multiple connected servers). Hosting GPUs and software within the cloud provides an inexpensive entry point for new users and enables companies to focus on core business operations. The PEER 1 Hosting cloud is running RealityServer from mental images (a subsidiary of NVIDIA). The Reality Server platform combines NVIDIA Tesla and 3D web software for interactive, photorealistic applications. See: www.peer1.com
CUDA APPS
NVIDIA Releases Parallel Nsight 1.0 - GPU Development Software for Microsoft Visual Studio
NVIDIA Parallel Nsight for Microsoft Visual Studio is now shipping and supports Windows HPC Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Vista. "By adding functionality specifically for GPU Computing developers, Parallel Nsight makes the power of the GPU more accessible than ever before," said Sanford Russell, GM of GPU Computing at NVIDIA.
– Download Parallel Nsight: http://www.nvidia.com/object/parallel-nsight.html
Up to 10X Faster HD Video Encoding with New MainConcept SDK for Developers
MainConcept, provider of video/audio codecs and SDKs for the consumer, broadcast and professional markets, is now shipping its first GPU-accelerated product. The CUDA H.264/AVC Encoder SDK speeds up HD video processing by up to 10X. MainConcept´s customers include Sony, Adobe, Sonic and Netflix (see recent MainConcept & CUDA webinar here).
– Learn more: http://www.mainconcept.com/products/sdks/hw-acceleration/cuda-h264avc.html
New CUDA Tools for Linux from Fixstars
Fixstars released v6.2.1 of Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) for CUDA. The upgrade includes more tools for CUDA developers, including the PGI CUDA Fortran compiler.
– Download YDL for CUDA: http://www.ydl.net/ydl_cuda/downloads.shtml
– For more details, see: http://www.ydl.net/ydl_cuda/
Check Out New Tesla C2050 Video on Daily Motion
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xe11cr_nvidia-tesla-c2050-gpu-card_tech?start=4#from=embed
CUDA DOWNLOADS
– Download CUDA 3.1 Toolkit: http://bit.ly/aKCENp
– OpenCL v1.1 pre-release drivers and SDK code samples are available to GPU Computing
   registered developers. Log in or apply for an account to download.
CUDA TRAINING
GPU Computing Webinars from NVIDIA
– For info on upcoming events, see: www.nvidia.com/webinars
Training from SagivTech
– NEW: "GPU Computing@30,000 feet" - a one-day workshop that introduces the world of
   GPU Computing to algorithm developers, mathematicians and researchers:
   http://www.sagivtech.com/24054.html
– GPU/Image Processing course: Aug. 2-4, Ra´anana, Israel:
   http://www.sagivtech.com/24054.html
– CUDA course: Sept. 27-29, San Francisco (following GTC 2010):
   http://www.sagivtech.com/36923.html
– Note from a SagivTech client: "Thank you for a fantastic course. You covered the topics
   both from a theoretical and practical manner and helped us better understand the
   possibilities of speeding up image processing algorithms using CUDA!" - Conrad Bielski,
   Joint Research Centre, June 2010
Training from Acceleware
– Aug. 2-6, New York City: www.acceleware.com/aug02newyork (with Microsoft)
– Sept. 13-17, Calgary: www.acceleware.com/sep13calgary
Training from EMPhotonics
– On-site standard and customized training programs:
   http://www.emphotonics.com/services/cuda-training
CUDA Certification
– New certification program for GPU computing developers: www.nvidia.com/certification
CUDA and Academia
– Over 350 universities are teaching CUDA and GPU Computing courses around the world.
– The CUDA Center of Excellence Program recognizes universities expanding the frontier
   of parallel computing.
– The CUDA Research Center Program recognizes institutions performing leading-edge
   research.
– The CUDA Teaching Center Program recognizes universities providing education and
   hands-on instruction.
– The Academic Partnership Program provides support to researchers using GPUs to
   solve the world´s most challenging problems.
– Learn more about NVIDIA´s Research and University activities at http://research.nvidia.com/
CUDA CALENDAR
July 2010

SIGGRAPH
July 25-29, Los Angeles
http://www.siggraph.org/s2010/

CUDA Programming on GPUs
July 26-30, University of Oxford, U.K.
http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/events/course-on-cuda-programming%202010

August 2010

Proven Algorithmic Techniques for Many-Core Processors
Aug. 2-6, Choice of onsite locations, or online
https://hub.vscse.org

Wolfram Research 2- Mathematica in Finance and Economics
Aug. 4, Chicago
http://www.wolfram.com/events/chicago2010/register.cgi

GPU Programming for Molecular Modeling
Aug. 6-8, Beckman Inst. for Advanced Science & Tech, UIUC
http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Training/Workshop/GPU_Aug2010/

Symposium on Chemical Computations on GPGPUs
Aug. 22-26, Boston
http://illinois.edu/lb/article/2101/36281

Unconventional High Performance Computing 2010 (UCHPC 2010)
Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Italy
http://www.lrr.in.tum.de/~weidendo/uchpc10/

September 2010

GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2010
Sept. 20-23, San Jose, Calif.
http://www.nvidia.com/gtc (register today, space is limited)

Future

Supercomputing 2010
Nov. 13-19, New Orleans, LA
http://sc10.supercomputing.org/
http://research.ihost.com/whpcf

IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium
May 16-20, 2011, Anchorage, AL
http://www.ipdps.org/

(To list an event, email: cuda_week_in_review@nvidia.com)

CUDA RESOURCES
CUDA Articles in Dr. Dobb's
– Supercomputing for the Masses, Part 18: http://is.gd/cs6b9
– Supercomputing for the Masses, Part 17: http://is.gd/cs6eI
– Supercomputing for the Masses, Part 16: http://is.gd/citaC
CUDA Books
– Programming Massively Parallel Processors by D. Kirk, W. Hwu: http://is.gd/7bNYP
– See additional books here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_books.html
CUDA Documentation
– Download developer guides and documentation:
   http://developer.nvidia.com/object/gpucomputing.html
CUDA ON THE WEB
– Read previous issues of CUDA: Week in Review: http://is.gd/cBXbg
– Follow CUDA & GPU Computing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/gpucomputing
– Network with other developers: www.gpucomputing.net
– Stayed tuned to GPGPU news and events: www.gpgpu.org
– Learn more about CUDA on CUDA Zone: www.nvidia.com/cuda
– Read Kudos for CUDA: http://www.hpcwire.com/features/Kudos-for-CUDA-97889444.html
About CUDA
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