Wednesday, 22 August 2012



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Massive 3D Photo Contest Gallery Goes Live

Posted: 21 Aug 2012 08:39 PM PDT

3D Contest Bob Venezia-Her Inner Voice

Check out to see the nearly 300 entries in the second annual 3D Digital Image Showcase contest, held at the recent 2012 National Stereoscopic Association (NSA) convention.

Sponsored by NVIDIA, the contest provides NSA members exposure for their work — as well as a chance to score cash prizes and NVIDIA 3D Vision hardware.

The images were taken by NSA members, who were invited to submit up to six images for the contest. Prizes were awarded as follows:

3D Contest Franklin Flocks-Burning of the Trojan Horse
Grand prize: Franklin Flocks –
"Burning of the Trojan Horse"

Grand prize: Franklin Flocks – "Burning of the Trojan Horse"

First prize: Bob Venezia – "Her Inner Voice" (featured above)

Second prize: Doug Betzold – "Infinite Underbelly"

Third prize: Oleg Vorobyoff – "Paintbrush from Shrine Pass"

As with last year's contest, a wide range of excellent images was turned in by photographers from all over the world.

The NSA's panel of expert judges had their work cut out for them to select just four winning images. (Regular visitors to may recognize Doug Betzold's image; you can view a gallery of his work on the site.)

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all who entered!

Enjoy the gallery, and let us know which image is your favorite and why. If you don't have a 3D Vision kit, you can still view the images in 3D with anaglyph (red/blue) glasses.

CUDA Centers Top 200 With 16 New Sites

Posted: 22 Aug 2012 09:35 AM PDT


The number of CUDA Research Centers and CUDA Teaching Centers has topped 200 with the recent addition of more than a dozen universities and research institutions from around the world.

Sixteen new CUDA centers in eight countries – from Croatia to Colombia – have recently been welcomed, bringing the grand total to 207. They're doing research in areas such as DualSPHysics, cloud computing and protein misfolding diseases, such as Alzheimer's and mad cow disease.

CUDA Teaching Centers equip tens of thousands of students graduating each year with the ability to take advantage of the parallel processing power of GPUs. These centers receive donated teaching kits, textbooks, software licenses, NVIDIA CUDA architecture-enabled GPUs for teaching lab computers and academic discounts for additional hardware.

CUDA Research Centers embrace GPU computing across multiple research fields. They have access to exclusive events with key researchers and academics, a designated NVIDIA technical liaison and specialized training sessions.

Here are some examples of CUDA-related work taking place at the newest CUDA Research Centers:

University of Vigo (Spain)

CUDA center University of Vigo Spain logo

University of Vigo is developing multi-GPU strategies for the open source DualSPHysics model ( This model, especially suited to solve complex fluid problems, started from a collaborative effort among researchers at the University of Vigo, the University of Manchester (U.K.) and Johns Hopkins University (U.S.). Preliminary tests carried out at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (a CUDA Center of Excellence) have shown promising strong and weak scalability values on the order of 85 percent and 100 percent, respectively.

University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (U.S.)

CUDA Center USC ISI logo

Researchers here are developing the basic primitives needed to support high performance computing (HPC) in the cloud. The work targets GPU and GPU/CPU architectures to support tightly coupled HPC applications within the OpenStack cloud computing platform.


Wake Forest University (U.S.)

CUDA Center Wake Forest University logo

An interdisciplinary team of computational biophysicists at Wake Forest University develop and perform GPU-optimized molecular dynamics simulations of protein and RNA folding, biomolecular machine assembly and protein-nanoparticle interactions. Their research has been applied to systems that have been directly implicated in protein misfolding diseases such as Alzheimer's and mad cow disease, and they are presently focused on developing new antibiotic targets.

The new CUDA Teaching Centers include:

•    Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (India)
•    Bilkent University (Turkey)
•    Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
•    Rajarshi Shahu College of Engineering (India)
•    Shri Guru Gobind Singhji Institute of Engineering and Technology (India)
•    Technische Universität Dortmund (Germany)
•    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
•    Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)
•    Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia)
•    University of Nebraska, Lincoln (U.S.)
•    University of Rijeka (Croatia)
•    University Pablo de Olavide (Spain)
•    Virginia Commonwealth University (U.S.)

For more information on NVIDIA research activities and these programs, please visit the NVResearch site.

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