Wednesday, 29 February 2012

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Welcome our newest CUDA Centers of Excellence

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 10:34 AM PST

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Today we named two more CUDA Centers of Excellence to recognize their ongoing work educating tomorrow's programmers and scientists on the world-changing power of GPU Computing.

National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and Germany's Technische Universit├Ąt Dresden (TU Dresden) join an elite group of just 16 other major institutions–- Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Harvard, Tokyo Tech and Stanford, among them — that are breaking new ground on GPU computing research and education.

The two new Centers are helping academics and scientists deliver world-changing research ranging from life sciences to database technology to human-computer iterations. And both are preparing scores of students and professionals to one day tackle the world's biggest computational challenges.

Here's a bit more on each Center and the work they're doing:

TU Dresden is the first institution in Germany to be named a CUDA Center of Excellence.  The CCOE at TU Dresden combines a broad range of CUDA-driven research in the natural and life sciences from the university and other research institutes (HZDR and MPI-CBG) into a single center in the Dresden area.  Some of the GPU computing projects supported by the TU Dresden CCOE are in the areas of radiation physics, EEG signal processing using complex nonlinear algorithms, and structural physics of condensed matter.

National Tsing Hua University has one of the oldest Computer Science Departments in Taiwan and helps drive its information and communications technology industry.  Its faculty has developed courses on cluster computing and embedded systems, as well as on large-scale research projects on parallel architecture, high-performance computing, and embedded systems. Their main focus is on advanced computation and high-performance, low-power GPU-accelerated applications for embedded systems and data centers.

Both institutions are expected to advance the cause of GPU computing in science and industry in new and unique ways for years to come.

Admission to the unique and selective CUDA Center of Excellence program offers a number of benefits, including cash grants to fund research and education programs, as well as donated NVIDIA GPU computing equipment.

For additional information on CCOEs, visit the CUDA Center of Excellence website.

And, stay tuned to see how these and other CCOEs help change the world with GPU Computing.

Modernist Setting for Post-Modern Tegra 3 Games

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 12:11 AM PST

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One of Europe's modernist landmarks, the Barcelona Pavilion, was home to the introduction of a wave of post-modernist Tegra 3 games, at NVIDIA's press event at Mobile World Congress.

Check out the video below which recaps the event – housed in the Mies van der Rohe-designed structure, hewn of marble, onyx and glass. Included are interviews with key game developers, as well as demos of such games as Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II, Golden Arrow, Dark Kingdom TDH and Eden to Greeeen THD, plus a flavor for the reception itself.

Tegra Tactics Traipse Across NVIDIA Booth at MWC

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 03:35 PM PST

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Amid the swirl of gray suits and blazers in Hall One at Mobile World Congress, you'll find the NVIDIA booth decked out in trademark lime green against white walls. Staffers in pressed solid black, sporting the green claw logo, spurred onward by an in-house espresso machine, take hundreds of customers, media and partners through some of the best world's best mobile technology.

Here's what they're seeing across the booth's three main areas: a raft of new game titles optimized for Tegra 4-PLUS-1 quad-core mobile processors, a wave of new super phones powered by Tegra and a collection of new tablets driven by Tegra 3.

Against one wall, an oversized monitor shows Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, running in HD from an ASUS Transformer Prime, with four wireless gaming controllers. It's an irresistible scene for gamers and ordinary civilians alike, who stop by to pursue foxy Tails, or have a go at challenging others  in a neighboring multi-player title, Shadowgun: Deadzone.

Nearby is a pod showing off some of our five spanking new Tegra 3-powered phones. Those on display include the LG Optimus 4X, which is getting plenty of press for its 4.7-inch screen; the ZTE Era; and the ZTE Mimosa X, NVIDIA's first phone for the mainstream of the market.

The Mimosa X combines Tegra 2 with an NVIDIA Icera 450 modem, based on technology we acquired in mid-2011 through the acquisition of UK-based soft-modem maker Icera. It's an indicator of things to come at NVIDIA when the Icera modem gets integrated into a future generation of Tegra.

Closer to the warren of meeting rooms that run the length of the boom and seem to require a turnstile to accommodate their regular turnover, are some of the new tablets we're powering. Those getting the most eyeballs include two 10-inchers – the ZTE PF 100 and the competitively priced Asus Transformer Pad 300 – as well as the Toshiba 7.7-inch and the ZTE T98  7-inch tablets.

Then, up a sleek set metal stairway is the booth's upper deck. While the meeting rooms there are humming, nothing's moving faster than Grady behind the espresso machine, who's busy helping to fuel the activity below.

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