CUDA: Week in Review
Wed., May 18, 2011, Issue #55 Newsletter Home
Welcome to CUDA: Week in Review, an online news summary for the worldwide CUDA, GPU computing and parallel programming ecosystem.
John Humphrey, EM Photonics
Tesla M2090 Announced
New CUDA Research and Teaching Centers
Wolfram’s 2011 European Tour
Abaqus v6.11 from Dassault Systemes
Platform Symphony v5.1
Gold Medal for NVIDIAN Kirill Garanzha
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CUDA Spotlight
This week’s Spotlight is on John Humphrey of EM Photonics, a pioneer in GPU computing and developer of the CULA GPU-accelerated linear algebra library. Here’s a preview of our interview: John Humphrey
NVIDIA: John, what is your role at EM Photonics?
John: I oversee the technical work for most of our accelerated computing projects, the majority of which employ GPU technology. I have been working with the GPU for over six years, dating back to the pre-CUDA days.
NVIDIA: One of your current projects is an aircraft carrier landing modeling system for the US Navy. Tell us about it.
John: The Navy has a huge desire for CFD (computational fluid dynamics) modeling for a number of reasons. Foremost among these is to be confident of the safety of both aircraft and pilot. For each vessel and aircraft pair, there are tables describing the difficulty of landings and takeoffs based on a large number of variables, such as light conditions, wind speed and direction, and approach angle....
NVIDIA: What are the main advantages of working with CUDA?
John: CUDA allows for very direct expression of exactly how you want the GPU to perform a given unit of work. Ten years ago I was doing FPGA work, where the great promise was the automatic conversion of high level languages to hardware logic. Needless to say, the huge abstraction meant the result wasn't good. In the case of CUDA, we have a direct view into the hardware and can express our ideas in a way that the hardware executes directly and efficiently.
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CUDA Developer News
Tesla M2090 Announced back to the top
NVIDIA unveiled the Tesla M2090 GPU. Equipped with 512 CUDA parallel processing cores, it delivers 665 gigaflops of peak double-precision performance and 178 GB/sec memory bandwidth. Systems will be available at the end of May from OEMs and system builders, including Appro, ASUS, BULL, HP, IBM, NextIO, SGI, Supermicro and Tyan.
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New CUDA Research and Teaching Centers
NVIDIA named 35 new CUDA Research and Teaching Centers across 14 countries.
- CUDA Research Centers utilize GPU computing across multiple fields and are at the
   forefront of innovative scientific research.
- CUDA Teaching Centers integrate GPU computing into their mainstream computer
   programming curriculum.
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Wolfram Research’s European Tour - June 2011
Wolfram’s Computational Finance Tour will focus on new technologies for accelerating quantitative analytics. The events are free of charge, but registration is required.
- Dates: June 6, London; June 7, Paris; June 14, Zurich; June 15, Frankfurt
- Speakers: Dr. Andreas Binder, MathConsult GmbH; Dr. Michael Kelly, Wolfram;
   John Ashley, NVIDIA
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Abaqus v6.11 from Dassault Systemes
Dassault Systemes announced that the new Abaqus v6.11 release is GPU accelerated. The Abaqus product suite from SIMULIA (a Dassault Systemes brand) leverages Quadro and Tesla GPUs to run computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulations twice as fast as traditional processors.
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Platform Symphony v5.1
Platform Computing, provider of cluster, grid and cloud management software, announced availability of Platform Symphony, v5.1, which includes support for CUDA. Platform Symphony accelerates a wide variety of parallel applications.
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NVIDIAN Wins Gold for GPU Ray Tracing Research
Kirill Garanzha of NVIDIA Moscow was awarded a gold medal by the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics. Kirill’s research focuses on raytracing of complex scenes on GPUs. His demo was created with a Boeing 777 dataset.
- See: on CUDA and GPGPU Momentum
Tom Groenfeldt of Forbes authored an article titled "Supercomputing and High Performance See Growing GPU Adoption." He writes: "GPUs are moving from video games into high performance computing in a big way since NVIDIA began focusing on software and revised its hardware designs to make them easier to use."
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India’s Fastest Supercomputer
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has built India’s fastest supercomputer. The system uses 400 NVIDIA Tesla C2070 GPUs. Its theoretical peak performance is 220 teraflops while consuming only 150 kilowatts of power.
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Meetup Momentum Continues to Grow
New GPU Meetups have formed in Austin, Texas and Melbourne, Australia.
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
      Research Posters (GTC 10)
      From Ant Colony Optimization (by Octavian Nitica, Univ. of Delaware) to CUDA-Accelerated
      Face Recognition (by Jayadeep Vijayan, NeST Software)

      Large Scale Distributed GPU Isosurfacing (SC10)
      Paul Navratil - Texas Advanced Computing Center
SpecTIR is hiring a software engineer based in Reno, Nevada to work with spectral scientists in areas of image processing, data acquisition and command/control interfaces. Requires strong C/C++/VB skills, understanding of Windows/.NET and excellent knowledge of CUDA and parallel programming. Contact: spectir (at) Subject line: Software Engineer.
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- Meetup: Brisbane GPU Users
      May 19, 2011, 6:00 pm, Brisbane, Australia

- Meetup: HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of New York
      May 23, 2011, 6:00 pm, New York, New York

- Meetup: HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Denver/Boulder
      May 25, 2011, 7:00 pm, Boulder, Colorado

- Meetup: HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Boston
      June 2, 2011, 6:00 pm, Boston, Mass.

 - Meetup: HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Silicon Valley
      June 6, 2011, 6:15 pm, Mountain View, Calif.

- 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
- 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
Co-sponsored by NVIDIA and Sagivtech

- 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, booth #630
Tutorial: HPC with CUDA (June 19):
Debate: GPUs — Fast Lane on Road to Better Science? (June 21):

- CUDA/OpenCL Training - Microsoft, Acceleware
June 20-23, 2011, Cambridge, Mass.

- 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)
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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