Tuesday, 13 December 2011

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New CUDA Center Building China’s Fastest University Supercomputer

Posted: 13 Dec 2011 08:42 AM PST

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) has big plans for GPU Computing, including plans to build the fastest supercomputer of any school in China.

In recognition of that, NVIDIA today recognized the school as the latest CUDA Center Excellence, our highest honor for organizations carrying out groundbreaking work using NVIDIA GPUs and CUDA technology. It joins just 15 other major institutions worldwide – Barcelona Supercomputing Center Harvard, Tokyo Tech and Stanford, among them – that have received the distinction for their GPU computing efforts.

Through their work, these organizations are helping academics and scientists deliver world-changing research on everything from climate research and renewable energy, to genomics and bio-medicine.

One of the few top universities in China with expertise in science, engineering and medicine, SJTU plans to tackle a number of GPU-related projects. Among them:

  • Fastest university supercomputer – It plans to build next year the fastest supercomputer of any Chinese university, using CPUs and NVIDIA Tesla GPUs. Once deployed, it will support a wide range of university research, training and educational programs.
  • CUDA/GPU computing courses – It plans to offer a wide range of CUDA-related courses, including the annual "Agile Many-core Software Development" course, as well as monthly HPC seminars.
  • Partnerships and outreach – SJTU will work with Shanghai Supercomputer Center  to migrate existing large-scale MPI applications to CUDA across large numbers of GPUs. It will also work with CAPS enterprise to build a GPU computing community in APAC. SJTU will also host a CUDA online resource portal for students and researchers in South China and around the world.
  • Research – GPU-accelerated research at SJTU includes simulating and researching fusion energy, improving the performance of airborne optical devices and improving detection and understanding of the dependency relationship between genes.

To help SJTU meet its goals, NVIDIA will award grants and donate a range of GPU computing equipment and technical support.

GTC Asia Kicks Off This Week in Beijing

Posted: 12 Dec 2011 05:27 PM PST

NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference (GTC) series – which focuses on the latest advances enabled by GPU computing in science, academic and commercial fields – has drawn enthusiastic participation at recent events in IsraelJapan, Taiwan and Singapore.

But the biggest version of the event ever held outside the U.S. is about to take place in Beijing. That's  only fitting, given that two of the world's top five supercomputers are in China. This reflects China's faith in the power of the GPU to solve some of the world's most computationally complex problems.

This week's event is hosted at the China National Convention Center, a facility built for the 2008 Olympic Games. It sits in the heart of the Olympic Green, along with the iconic Bird's Nest and Water Cube.

GTC Asia will be attended by well over 1,500 scientists, researchers, company execs and investors from more than 40 countries, who will be spending Wednesday and Thursday poring over hundreds of hours of technical sessions focused on the GPU.

Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA's president and CEO, kicks off the festivities with a keynote on Wednesday, at 9:30 am Beijing Time. He'll discuss how visual and parallel computing are enabling breakthroughs in high-performance computing, across a broad range of scientific fields. For those not attending, the speech will be streamed live on NVIDIA's GTC Asia web site:  www.gputechconf.cn or www.gputechconf.cn/page/home-en.html.

The conference will feature key figures from top scientific organizations and research institutions leading a range of presentations, tutorials, panel discussions, roundtables and instructional sessions. It will also include an Emerging Companies Summit, showcasing startups that leverage GPU computing to revolutionize today's computer industry, as well as a CUDA Student Workshop for tomorrow's HPC experts.

There will also be a workshop on Efficient Exascale Computing, presented by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Process Engineering; Tokyo Institute of Technology; Swiss National Supercomputing Centre; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the National Research Council in Italy; and NVIDIA.

For more information on the GTC Asia program agenda, conference news and the keynote address, visit the GTC Asia web site, download the free GTC Mobile app from the Android Market outside of China and The9 within China, or simply come back to the blog.

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