Summer 2010 CULA News

by John

Now that we're getting close to NVIDIA's GTC again, I wanted to update here with some exciting CULA news.

First up is GTC itself, dated September 20-23 in San Jose.  The CULA team will be there in full force, as we were last year.  We are presenting two papers this year: one on GPU linear algebra, where we will talk about the current and upcoming features of CULA.  If you are interested in sparse matrices and are curious about our plans, then you should get a seat in this session.  Remember that you must sign up for GTC talks ahead of time in order to guarantee admittance - last year we packed the room for our CULA talk and this year we have much much more to say!  Our other talk is about other GPU work that takes place here at EM Photonics.  A large portion of our work is focused on the needs of the military and government, and our other session will discuss a range of these applications, including: computational fluid dynamics (CFD), embedded systems - now with GPUs, and both embedded and data-center embodiments of image processing.

We will have a table at GTC as well, just as last year.  You might remember that last year we served cupcakes (which we called CULAcakes!)  Cupcakes aren't on this year's menu since the GTC catering kept us stuffed with delicious food, but we hope to be demoing on some some of our GPU software featuring some guest hardware that you probably haven't seen before.

We also have started planning our program for Supercomputing 2010, held this year in New Orleans.  We certainly hope to see you all there!

In other news, we are working hard on a chapter for GPU Computing Gems 2.  It details some of the underlying pieces of CULA that help get excellent speedups.  CPUs do so well at linear algebra that getting 7x or more is quite the feat.  That may not sound like much compared to the 100-200x speedups you see at the NVIDIA CUDA Zone, but remember that the CPU will take many years to reach our speeds. Is it too cheesy to say "tomorrow's computing today?"

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