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National Taiwan University Becomes Worlds First Asia-Pacific CUDA Center Of Excellence


National Taiwan University Recognized as Leading School for Parallel Computing Education and Research Using GPUs

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN —JANUARY 22, 2009 — NVIDIA Corporation and National Taiwan University (NTU), one of the world’s leading research universities, today announced that NTU has been named as Asia’s first CUDA Center of Excellence. NTU earned this title by formally adopting NVIDIA GPU Computing solutions across its research facilities and integrating a class to teach parallel computing based on the CUDA® architecture into its educational curriculum. NTU joins previously recognized CUDA Centers of Excellence, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Utah with more announcements expected in the coming weeks.

“This appointment and our adoption of GPUs will empower our academic researchers to do world-changing research,” said Prof. Ji-Wang Chern, Dean for Research and Development of NTU. “This partnership with NVIDIA will help NTU improve the state of parallel computing education in Taiwan and equip the next generation of computational researchers with the tools they need to make great discoveries.”

“Taiwan is the global epicenter of technology innovation and NTU is one of the key universities cultivating engineers and developers that will go on to become true pioneers in the world of IT. We are delighted to recognize their contribution by naming NTU a CUDA Center of Excellence,” said David Kirk, chief scientist at NVIDIA.

Following their appointment as a CUDA Center of Excellence, NTU is uniquely positioned to educate Taiwan’s next generation of computer scientists on the latest parallel programming techniques and given the increasing demand for high-tech expertise in the region, there has never been a better time to do so.

NTU is rolling out a combination of NVIDIA® Tesla™ GPU Computing solutions, including Tesla S1070 1U systems, and Tesla Personal Supercomputers, desktop workstations containing multiple Tesla C1060 GPU Computing processors, across several of their research facilities, including:

  • NTU Dept. of Physics
  • NTU Dept. of Computer Science and Information Engineering
  • NTU Dept. of Electrical Engineering
  • NTU Dept. of Mathematics
  • NTU Center for Quantum Science and Engineering
  • NTU School of Pharmacy

Across these facilities, students and researchers will investigate astronomy, quantum science, medical device research, financial option modeling, information security, molecular dynamics, and much more.

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Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the benefits and impact NTU’s appointment as a CUDA Center of Excellence will have on research and parallel computing education; and the benefits and impact of the partnership between NVIDIA and NTU; are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: development of more efficient or faster technology; adoption of the CPU for parallel processing; design, manufacturing or software defects; the impact of technological development and competition; changes in consumer preferences and demands; customer adoption of different standards or our competitor's products; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated into systems as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal period ended October 26, 2008. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on our website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

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