CUDA: Week in Review
Tuesday, November 2, 2010, Issue #40 - Newsletter Home  
Welcome to CUDA: Week in Review, an online news summary for the worldwide CUDA and GPU computing community.
Visual Effects in "Salt" Boosted by CUDA and CS5 Premiere Pro
Speed is critical when you’re a secret agent on the run, as demonstrated by Angelina Jolie in Sony Pictures’ summer thriller Salt. Speed also played a key role in the creation of visual effects for the movie, which were executed, in part, by Moscow-based visual effects company Tikibot, using NVIDIA Quadro, CUDA and Adobe CS5 Premiere Pro.

Speaking on the importance of creating believable effects like explosions and fire, Tikibot founder Kevin Jackson said: "Our work was designed not to stand out, but to keep the audience’s attention on the most important part of the movie - the story. "Jackson added:"… the CUDA acceleration made quick effects and smooth video playback a snap…. Premiere Pro CS5 and NVIDIA’s CUDA proved to be a winning combination."

Tikibot is currently in production on its next CUDA-charged projects: a FIFA World Cup feature and a new collaboration with Angelina Jolie - in her directorial debut of a Bosnian war love story. Read more at:
Tesla GPUs Power World’s Fastest Supercomputer
Tianhe-1A, the new supercomputer revealed at HPC 2010 China, set a new performance record of 2.507 petaflops, making it the fastest system in the world. For more info, read blog post by Andy Walsh, NVIDIA’s director of Tesla products: (Note: Petaflops is a measure of a computer’s processing speed, equal to a quadrillion (thousand trillion) floating point operations per second.)

Hours of In-Depth GTC 2010 Content Now Available Online
GTC 2010 featured an astounding 280+ technical sessions on topics from black holes to face recognition. NVIDIA is offering complimentary unrestricted access to this valuable content in the form of streaming videos and PDFs.
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NVIDIA Experts Publish New Paper on "Throughput-Oriented Architectures"
Michael Garland and David B. Kirk of NVIDIA have written a paper about the growing prominence of throughput-oriented microprocessor architectures. The paper concludes that "the ideal system is… heterogeneous, where a latency-oriented processor (such as a CPU) and a throughput-oriented processor (such as a GPU) work in tandem to address the heterogeneous workloads presented to them."
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At SC10, a premier supercomputing industry conference, NVIDIA will run a GPU Computing Theater on Nov. 16-18. Featured topics/speakers on Nov. 16 include:

High Performance Molecular Simulation, Visualization and Analysis
John Stone, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Large-Scale GPU Computing of Multi-Phase Flow
Wei Ge, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Supercomputing for the Masses
Robert Farber, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Keeneland - An NSF Heterogeneous Computing Resource
Jeffrey Vetter, Oakridge National Laboratory/Georgia Tech
Large Scale Distributed GPU Isosurfacing
Paul Navratil, Texas Advanced Computing Center

  - See schedule:
November 2010

Develop Linear Algebra Software for GPUs (webinar) -
Nov. 3, 10:00 a.m. central
Presented by: Dr. Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee

Analytics & Risk Technology in Finance - Wolfram Research
Nov. 4, London

NEW: Beginner CUDA Course - SagivTech
Nov. 7-9, Ramat Gan, Israel

Debugging GPUs (webinar) - Allinea Software
Nov. 10

Supercomputing 2010 (SC10)
Nov. 13-19, New Orleans
The NVIDIA GPU Computing Theater at SC10 will feature talks by industry luminaries, scientists and developers. All conference attendees are invited to participate.

GPU Programming with CUDA Fortran, CUDA C, PGI Accelerator - PGI (at SC10)
Nov. 15, New Orleans (by Michael Wolfe, PGI)

NEW: Paving the Road to Exascale - Mellanox (at SC10)
Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m., New Orleans

Advanced GPU Supercomputing for High-Frequency Trading
Nov. 15-17, New York (by Andrew Sheppard)

NEW: Accelerating Matlab with the GPU - SagivTech & Systematics
Nov. 16 & Nov. 17 (two complimentary half-day workshops), Ramat Gan, Israel

Training from CAPS
Nov. 23-25, Rennes, France

Improve Time to Debug (webinar) - Allinea Software
Nov. 24-25

Nov. 26, Tokyo

Call for Papers - IEEE/ACM Intl. Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing
Papers deadline: Nov. 30

December 2010

CUDA and Advanced Image Processing - SagivTech
Dec. 12-14, Ramat Gan, Israel

NEW: UK GPU Computing Conference - Univ. of Cambridge
Dec. 13-14, Cambridge, UK

Dec. 16-18, Seoul


Scientific Computing in the Americas: The Challenge of Massive Parallelism
Jan. 3-14, 2011, Valparaiso, Chile

IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium
May 16-20, 2011, Anchorage

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