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What if every university had a computing cluster capable of delivering a petaflop of performance (equivalent to about 20,000 typical laptops)? Better yet, what if every university department – biology, chemistry, physics, and others – had one?

I’m certain that this would fundamentally increase the pace of scientific discovery around the world.

“We will award early access to this
new Kepler-based Tesla GPU to the three best
proposals…”

Computing is now the third pillar of science, along with theory and experimentation. Giving every researcher access to a dedicated high performance computing facility could lead to breakthroughs in renewable energy, climate prediction, the development of lighter and tougher materials, or even pave the way to find cures for some of society’s most devastating and persistent diseases.

By the end of 2012, NVIDIA will launch a Tesla GPU based on our new Kepler architecture that will enable any university in the world to build a petaflop supercomputer that will fit into nearly any university’s data center and budget.

To support this launch, we are inviting proposals from researchers around the world on what you would do if you had access to a dedicated petaflop supercomputer. We will award exclusive early access to this new Kepler-based Tesla GPU to the three best proposals we receive.

What types of studies would you conduct?  Which scientific problems would you tackle?

To enter this contest, post a detailed answer to the above questions in the comments section. Be sure to include a link to your research, if available. Or if you prefer, email your submission to cuda@NVIDIA.com.  You should also include your contact information (at least email address and affiliation) so that we can reach you if you win.

NVIDIA will use the proposals to highlight the potential of petaflop supercomputing, so please do not submit anything you consider confidential.

We will announce the top three entries at NVIDIA’s upcoming GPU Technology Conference (GTC 2012) in May, and notify them directly.  Also, look for a blog post announcing the winning entries after GTC.

You can find the complete list of contest rules here.

Good luck!

  • http://twitter.com/johnsonevan Evan Johnson

     Play Zork.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1239376888 Skyler Ryan

    I would use it to rub it in the faces of all the AMD dorks out there ohhh and praise Nvidia for being the best GPU maker out there and play games on there maxed settings without skipping a beat as Nvidia intended :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Deel/570479350 Brandon Deel

    Play Aion, Fallout New Vegas and any other game I can at max settings while running Folding@Home and World Community Grid all at the same time!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacquestiaux Jacques Questiaux

    could do some pretty awesome high resolution visualisations for our radio astronomy visualisation program (currently developing for the Square Kilometer Array project) 
    http://people.cs.uct.ac.za/~scfinniss/project/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Supreeth-Herle/1673584089 Supreeth Herle

    BUILD A QUANTUM COMPUTER.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Thek3mp James Kemp

    Generate a 200,000 year old world in Dwarf fortress.

    Then play it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hokitfai Kit Fai

    Run a simulation on the bending of a building in an earthquake.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helge-Pharrherr/100001281168814 Helge Pharrherr

    If I had the necessary programming and physics skills – try to calculate all the way back to a planck time after the Big Bang.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657772955 Werner Houzvic

     i’ll play Crysis full graphics!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Blake-Lee/212802338 Blake Lee

    Research how to make technological augmentations for the human body possible. Dues Ex: Human Revolution anyone? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Blake-Lee/212802338 Blake Lee
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sammy-De-LIta/100002607838403 Sammy De L’Ita

    I will nitrogen it, overclock it, and BENCH IT TO DEATH!

  • oscarmorales417117417117

    first of all ill break the world record of 8 something ghz then ill try to find the square root of -1 and then ill try to find pi o and then ill try to make a full body information program and try to get all the data of the brain of a human and then sended somewere else to try to clone that persons info and at the same time in some way its teleportation

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyLino Blue

    I’d play Guild Wars 2. hahhahaha :P

  • oscarmorales417117417117

    what a dumbass to make a quantom computer you need to aline 5 atoms to program it you could but with any kind of vibration your computer weelll break down

  • Garrett Gwiazda

    If I had a petaflop supercomputer, I would make the first 100m or less weather model run of the United States. Currently, I can only do Vermont at a resolution of 4km with the parameters I have set.

  • José Pedro Queirolo Broquetas

    Listen to supaplex music playing through the motherboard internal speaker.

  • scot camp

    I would probably play solitaire maxed out. 

    :-D

  • http://twitter.com/ClanGOAT GreatestOfAllTime

    I would calculate how long it would take me to afford a Kepler GPU. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Mike933 Mike933

    Anything I wan at any time. I can’t think of what I would do first but with the ability to compute anything imaginable, I would be trying anything I feel worthy of that kind of power. I want cancer cured, so I would probably try to help that in some way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Lunn/732775577 Patrick Lunn

    I would play put it in a glass case and watch it become obsolete in a week or two. Ah the beauty of hardware ;P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=45607646 Wade Arenberg

    Hmm introduce Pinky and the Brain what real world domination is all about…
    Now for the real deal, I would use all that power to research to virtually break down molecules and turn the surrounding elements in the air into whatever material we desire. The studies that would need to be done would of course involve the fact that you can never destroy matter but only change it, the hardest part would be getting all the elements needed to produce any material and not using an insane amount of energy to change matter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Sergej-Zvolensky/1185942714 Peter Sergej Zvolensky

    I would sell it and live my life in peace…. :D 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564861700 Auo Tzer

    ill try to compress 1tb to minimun size alowed in 1 year

  • Caprica_6

    I’m an armchair scientist, so I would just let it run BOINC all the time (Seti@home, Rosetta@home and Einstein@home ).  
    Also, I could probably use it to jump a basestar, so I’d probably sit in a milkbath and try to do that too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luis-Kun/100000697164281 Luis Kun

     develop and design better, cheaper but rather low cost gpu’s so everybody can enjoy the nVidia experience…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=77100366 Nicholas Perry

    medical research..Stem cell,MS,Parkinson’s,cancer..the lot. THEN, scientific stuff, alternative energy.

  • mark holswade

    huh well I would give it to my dad’s place of work because they do advanced simulations to try and answer what would happen if for example an asteroid crashed into the earth so they can do more to stop that kind of thing and figure out how they could avoid disasters. They also run simulations to try to find out about the big bang theory and such so im sure they could use the extra power. They do a lot of research into nano computing and microbiology as well so im sure they could find something to use it for :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Maloney/100000659776555 Matthew Maloney

    I would rent it and make alot of money, hehe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Aph3xtw1n Andy Warner

    I would run SETI at home 24/7, I want to listen in and hear what ET was phoning home about.

  • mark holswade

    well quantum computing is much faster than any other kind of computing we know of today so i would. It would be used by scientists not us obviously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000167289525 Henry Isobe

    F@H all the way!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/omacranger Logan Graham

    Let’s be honest, we’d all just open every game on steam that we own at once, then buy like 18 monitors, post pictures of it on Facebook, and then brag about it. Of course all while running some solve-world-hunger software or whatnot in the background: because we’re just that nice.

  • mark holswade

    Wow. That looks really interesting. 5 bucks says your going to win one of them :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1083392688 Alexandre Boucher

    I would make the most awesome animated film ever!

  • http://www.facebook.com/look416 Danny Teo

    I would use the com to stimulate the age of dinosaur

  • http://www.facebook.com/Philip.Ciunk Philip Ciunkiewicz

    Pay super high electrical bills. Then run complex physics simulators 24/7.

  • cheezbread

    Talk GOD and RULE the WORLD…

  • Matthew Cocuzzo

    Probably set half of its power to work on BOINC tasks and then use the other half of its power to play bf3/other games :)

  • Andrew Delorme

    I would conduct scientific studies like no other, you have everyone talking about innovation, well I dont like innovation, I like invention, discovery. 
    The types of scientific problems I would tackle the seemingly impossible, including cold fusion, anti gravity, FTL travel. It can be done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1120426416 Cheyan Setayesh

    Play every single porn video in existence on hundreds nVidia 3d Vision enable monitors to indulge myself in the best possible porn experience

  • http://www.facebook.com/zqlei Zhang Qiu Lei

     To research artificial intelligence and artificial consciousness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Francisco-Jimenez/721141224 Francisco Jimenez

     use it to find cures for diseases and solve the worlds problems while playing video games all at the same time, and with the left over power stream movies to all of my tvs and projectors at $K resolutions…of course i dont have this but if i could afford a super computer like that they i would.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BaTtLeHaMmEr.54 Marcus Brathwaite

    Just tests and simulations. I don’t know what would use that much power.

  • http://www.facebook.com/javiertraid Javier Enrique Traid

    Donate the computer to a university where they can do something usefull or in the best of te case exchange it for a less powerfull computer to render some after effects proyects to continue my work.

  • http://twitter.com/FourthWorldSys Richard Gaskin

    I would create a new kind of math optimized for physics problems and use it to solve the energy crisis.

  • matt young

    Worship it as a god.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1827573573 Nashten J. Spanbauer

    Would design cities. Efficient piping, power, transport systems, optimal building/neighbourhood layouts to ensure everyone gets to where they want to go. Basically SimCity but on a realistic level that could help growing cities all over the world achieve optimal efficiency. I would also design new technologies and simulate how they would do their job, in real time. (Aspiring Inventor!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/dcolorado3 Dexter Colorado

    I’d create a tower with a
    heat generator at the bottom and cooler on top to create an artificial
    tornado that powers a turbine in the center. I’d then add IBM Research’s battery 500 at the sides where the cool air goes to further boost power output.

    I’d use that then to power my gaming pc (if I ever get around to making one)

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.e.towler Bruce E. Towler

    Use it to simultaneously destroy every robocalling system on the planet…that or play angry birds

  • xman52373

    I would use the GPU to run Folding at home 24/7. I lost a grandmother to althizerms dease and would love to be able to help find a cure to this and other deseasc that plague us. I would use my GTX570 but fear it dieing and not being able to game like I want to. So a GPGPU would be perfect for this.

  • http://twitter.com/touchcx Kiel Wu

    I’D use it to calculate beyond human being knowledge studies :D 

  • http://twitter.com/zepppster Zach Z

    I would run Folding@Home 24/7 to help research and cure major illnesses.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stratty-Cunningham/1386110966 Stratty Cunningham

    Well, I am building a Java-based AMMORPG, and I only HAVE one server.  Between this and 50 GB of RAM, the test server will have all the power it needs.  Until the alpha, though, I’d use it for Folding-at-Home.  One of my side projects is to be able to better optimize FAH with my network, so that most of its idle time is used for folding.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003633047995 Bob Rack

    Loan it to SETI

  • http://twitter.com/Cozy57 Koji Uchikawa

    I would prefer world’s most powerful supercomputer http://www.fujitsu.com/global/services/solutions/tc/most-powerful-computer/

  • http://twitter.com/andr3wjacks0n andrew jackson

    I would make my own 3D animation movie in HDR.

  • larry burns

    I’d like to see algorithms dedicated to determining the positive and negative effects of new legislation. That way we could hold the governing bodies of the world more accountable. sounds lame but its about time we did something like that.  

  • MarquesWilliams

    I’d use it to help production of personal animated shorts and gaming projects in the work for next year…and for my own gaming experience on the side haha 

  • Jacob Meziere

    Dwarf Fortress with proper graphics!

  • Sumit Gupta

    Helge 
    That would be a cool project.  You should join a graduate program at a good research university and work on this for your thesis!   Good luck
    Sumit

  • Sumit Gupta

    Koji
    Wouldn’t we all want the most powerful supercomputer.  But Japan spent $1 billion to build that Fujitsu K computer.   That is well outside the budget of most countries, let alone universities.

    Tesla GPUs enable the average small university to have a petaflop supercomputer. That is the promise of hybrid computing.

    Also, Fujitsu has announced servers with CPUs + NVIDIA Tesla GPUs now.  They also see that hybrid computing is the future of high performance computing.

    Thanks for your comment.
    Sumit

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wayne-Mills/100000600602003 Wayne Mills

    Like a few others have said, i would use it for F@H for 24/7 use. CUDA/Tesla are just made to crunch F@H. Since i have a personal stake in the results of folding, this unit would def get a workout and also show the quality of the chip from a 24/7 high-impact workout over a long period. I know its not the “id like to solve the big bang theory” but i think F@H is one of the most important things we can do now, as a society, to solve some of our worst crippling diseases. The results WILL impact everyone, in some way, and it doesnt matter if your rich,poor,fat skinny,purple,two-headed etc…

  • Sumit Gupta

    Thanks everyone for so many comments so fast!    Please make sure you write a detailed proposal and if available attach a link to your research.   Keep em coming! 

  • alberto silva

    I would make an anisotropic elastic wave propagation algorithms using CUDA and then run it. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/robbyhargett Robby Hargett

    I would probably use it to run Folding@Home in hopes of getting data that can be used to cure cancer and other diseases faster than the current distributed computing model.

  • http://profiles.google.com/alberto.bohera Alberto Bohera

    Real time iray rendering of large scenes.

  • malayaleeremo

    Run a 3D simulation of nano biomolecules to calculate and determine the structure and function upon other reagents…..It could really be a breakthrough in cancer treatments…

  • http://twitter.com/Cozy57 Koji Uchikawa

    I just remembered a similar message of this post.
    Yes there’s no doubt GPGPU is one of the most power- and cost-efficient solution, and the quickest way to reach petaflops scale.

    I would use such comput power to tackle with environmental problems such as global warming from economical point of view, so that we might be able to get a reasonable and optimized global solution. It means we need some hybrid approach among physics, financial, politics, micro- and macro-economics at globe level.

  • 6675636boff

    I would play Crysis 2 on ultra with no problem. In reality I would more than likely drop to my knees chanting ” not worthy” till my back gave out, or it introduced itself as HAL…

  • http://twitter.com/DavidGX David

    I would run Crysis at a FULL 60 frames per second.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000057380319 Varun Hk

    I’d use it for simulating and computing possibility of Faster-than-Light travel (that’s right, guys, STARSHIPS!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000057380319 Varun Hk

    Not to forget SETI@Home, because, finding extraterrestrial life is one of my life’s most prominent ambitions.

  • http://twitter.com/Jupiman Ondřej Veselský

    I’ll try to forecast weather with 100% success rate so I won’t have to carry an umbrella everywhere with me

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000593098378 Zack Locke

    Move it to Sweden and start a file sharing service.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=628611079 Varun Desai

    Hi Sumit am just wondering how much would it cost for someone to buy it ? iev used GPU with TeraFLOPS peformance to program an neural AI to do computational finance .  with PetaFLOPS at my resources and programming skills i can beat goldman in HFT lol

  • Adam Roe

    Pure F@H Rig… all for a good cause. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Mofsessian/760541094 Chris Mofsessian

    Clearly I would use it for world domination

  • Ciubica Flaviu – Valentin

    I would use it in cold winter nights to warm my room :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dinil-G-Lal/1263394787 Dinil G Lal

    will use pentaflop supercomputer for  crypographical analysis  and develop my on supercompression algorithms faster than current 4g and LTE standards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=683785934 Chris Bayley

    For me personally, run Super Pi.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michal.foster Michal Foster

    With 1 petaFLOPS, I would probably run simulations of 8 qubit quantum computers, and simulate outside forces on the virtual machine to see how it could potentially cause problems in a real model.

    Using technology to advance technology!

    If that didn’t saturate the card, I would use the rest to simulate possible collisions at the LHC given the data they collect. They need a breakthrough with that investment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Tohveli89 Christoffer Andersson

     I’d start folding like crazy, helping people all around the world to make the most of their different projects, who knows. Maybe someone could make great discoveries just by getting my help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Philipp-Sony/100001217281599 Philipp Sony

    PLAY ALL THE GAMES WITH IT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001409064577 Sander Peters

    As a student Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Eindhoven. I spend a lot of time studying the field of Information Systems and Modelling. Especially in those fields there is a lot of terrain to win on the way we simulate and how we model current situations. And try to find a optimal solution for the given situation.

    Current simulations are bounded by numerous restrictions, because it is a simplification of reality. If you would try to simulate reality, you would be working for hundreds of years on a single laptop, running your simulation. With such a supercomputer you could easily run the simulations quickly and find answers to numerous important problems. Consider the effects of a flood, the spread pattern of a deadly virus (and how to contain it) or how the world will look like over two hundred years if we don’t change our energy production and our pollution. In order to tackle these problems in the most finest way and find a solution which is optimal to mankind, nature and the economy, you will need a lot of simulation.

    Because testing the changes in reality is too expensive and can even be very dangerous, and there are no mathematical ways to calculate this, you are left empty handed with only simulation in order to solve the problem. So in order to prevent disasters from happening and creating a brighter future for the next generation, we will need to investigate and simulate more as ever before. In order to do this at a time scale shorter than a lifetime you will need a supercomputer to do that.

    Given the problems which we are facing today, we will need a solution tomorrow. And I like to help providing that solution by simulating different scenarios so we can decide to execute the best options. In order to do so, I could really use such a supercomputer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683075801 Pedro Xympa Nascimento

    Playing games, Folding @ Home, and developing some weird game that just popped into my head.

  • Anders Eklund

    I would use the computational power to increase the understanding of the human brain. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is a non-invasive method with high spatial resolution, which can be used to estimate brain activity, but a lot of problems still need to be solved.

    We have already used the GPU to speedup fMRI analysis,

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169260711001957 

    In our recent work we analyzed 1484 rest dataset (85 GB of data) and showed that our GPU-accelerated approach yields better results than standard software for fMRI analysis.

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811912003825 

    To analyze large datasets still takes too long (we’re currently using 3 x Nvidia GTX 580), we need  a higher computational power to further improve the statistical methods to increase the understanding of the human brain.

    An example of a calculation that would take about 16 hours on the CPU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxMqZw0jcOk 

    Anders Eklund, Linköping University, Sweden, anders.eklund@liu.se

    I will give a talk at Nvidia GTC entitled “4D Medical Image Processing with CUDA”.

    Nvidia spotlight

    http://developer.nvidia.com/content/cuda-spotlight-gpu-accelerated-medical-image-processing

  • Joao_Alves

    Hi. I would probably use it to run boinc distributed computation service and support projects like: GpuGrid, rosetta@home and other projects that help in the research for cure on major diseases on our planet and probably could use some percentage to run seti@home to search for extraterrestrial life or other interesting project. That is what i am doing now but with that computer would be at a larger scale. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/Peter_Mathia Peter Mathia

    I would give it to my friend Martin Peniak (www.martinpeniak.com ) as a gift, because it would be more usefull for him and it could help him to improve his iTalk project in humanoid robotics :)
    I’m just starting with CUDA…

  • Konstantin Petrovic

    I would use that supercomputer in development of new serbian military aircraft 4th generation… :)

  • http://twitter.com/lmfaotop1 michiel de buck

    i do evrything whit it ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maxi-Kandler/100001580941426 Maxi Kandler

    First i will party ;) Second i’ll buy all new highgrafig games on the market and start them all at once. If my PC hasn’t crashed by now, i will enjoy the beauty of those breathtaking graphics on my pc realized by ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 570 :)

  • Zultorr

    I would overclock it to try reach 2 petaflops
    Then build emulators for next gen consoles to play new games
    And then run realflow and play with water and other fluids like irl
    And watch toy story streamed directly from maya in 4k 3d at 50fps

  • Zultorr

    - I would overclock it to try reach 2 petaflops
    – build emulators for next gen consoles to play new games
    – run realflow and play with water and other fluids like irl
    – watch toy story streamed directly from maya in 4k 3d at 50fps

  • http://twitter.com/elisejzev Александр Елисейцев

    I will ivite my friend and we will play together. (Я приглашу моего друга и мы будем играть вместе)

  • http://www.facebook.com/dcolorado3 Dexter Colorado

    I’d create a tower with a
    heat generator at the bottom and cooler on top to create an artificial
    tornado that powers a turbine in the center. I’d then add IBM Research’s battery 500 at the sides where the cool air goes to further boost power output.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bilal-Parkar/717045614 Bilal Parkar

    play multiplayer games with aliens.

  • qualmanj

    Folding, and crunching at the same time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003099361903 James Donaldson-Webster

    Well most of wit would be bragging right but it would we great to be able to run my flight sim maxed out with custom weather and high definition aircraft and ground textures

  • Konstantin Petrovic

    i would conduct research in development of serbian project military aircraft 4th generation.
    Since this is project from 1990 year new technologies that are available now would help us in achieving final product.
    Scientific problem that i would tackle will be creating more realistic simulation for increasing maneuverability of aircraft.
    konstantin91@gmail.com

  • Sumit Gupta

    Sander

    This sounds like very interesting work.  Can you make a specific proposal on the work you would do.    We are looking for detailed research proposals.

    Thanks
    Sumit

  • Sumit Gupta

    Thanks for your submission Anders.    Have you scaled your work to multiple servers with GPUs in them?    A Petaflop supercomputer with Tesla Kepler GPUs will have hundreds of servers with hundreds of GPUs in them.
    Sumit

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NU5RPC5UCQOSHAKJ343WPTUTWM h4x354x0r

    I would use it to compute and simulate all the possible combinations, and effects on the human cannabinoid receptor system, of the nearly 100 different cannabinoids found in pot plants to develop new, safer medicines. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Caleb-Sarah-Riley/1524042211 Caleb ‘Sarah’ Riley

    I would first use it to research subliminal imaging and the idea of somehow inputting information into the human brain without having to learn it WITHOUT mentally scarring the patient using ‘encoded images’ or another subliminal means. I would use it to house and analyze large quantities of encoded data. Then program the computer to analyze the data and make connections between the data inputted and other material. When activated the data would be encoded into inconspicious images and they displayed in a massive rush of information which would facilitate subliminal retention when viewed by those receptive to it. Then use the computer to build and create blueprints for a smaller computer to hold all this information and host the program. In short, I would attempt to create an ‘Intersect’ computer, as stupid as it sounds.

  • anjali dadhe

    render a life like world with more than a trillion floating particles to simulate wind and particle dynamics for next gen games .

  • Eduardo Viecili

    I would use to run an algorithm to manage all money transfers allowing the government to know how each individual/company spend their money. And with these information tax with precision, and detecting if a fraud or an irregularity was made. Also could search for patterns to generate a better economic model so the central bank could be more precise at the interventions. Detec which areas are rising and need more investments. Manage resources,labor and logistics and other more functions to improve the country to a high desired level of living standard. Predict and detec risks and solutions for this advanced society.

    Other use is for breaking the public cryptography keys to take correlated informations over the internet, because breaking cryptography is easy with a petaflop.

    Name: Eduardo Brendler Viecili
    email1: edu@evless.com
    email2: whitezur@gmail.com
    University: UDESC-BR (www.joinville.udesc.br)

  • http://twitter.com/SgtQuackers Brian

    Try to take over the world…..ahahahahahahahahahahhaah (evil laugh)

  • Marshall Barth

    PTL!!! Set up the most complex Christian ministry, covering the gambit from simple Bible studies to one of the most intensive disaster relief operations ever dreamed of :{)))

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=726731978 Carlos David

    I make a really useful web page server, and the same time, same computer to play videogames maxed detail that  a great screen and a nvidia gpu can offer, tand hear music =D not to mentions decodig my videos and phots and make them 3D in my huge 240hz 62″ screen. OOh lord i need to change my pants…

  • http://www.facebook.com/bozmanbeyond Robert Fairchild

    A Holodeck is all I can think of, bringing what was once a fantasy to life.  

  • http://twitter.com/mund0x Ed

    I would download a car, what else?

  • Sumit Gupta

    Thanks for your submission Eduardo.    

  • http://www.facebook.com/cameron.barron Cameron Barron

    i would game on it!!!! and also do my school work

  • Maciej Świechowski

    I am already a scientist working in area of AI in Games.
    However, I don’t create algorithms aimed at playing specific games (like Deep Blue and chess – you know) but playing any types of games instead.
    What my algorithm does in runtime is to:
    – consume rules of the game (written in dedicated first-order logic language)
    – learn how to play the game effectively (WITHOUT any human intervention)
    – play the game

    The idea is to develop intelligent mechanism of knowledge representation, machine learning and so on. “Games” are only testbed – games can refer to modelling stock, voting behaviours, natural evolution… and so on. As long as certain phenomena can be describe as set of game rules it falls under my project.

    I would use Petaflop supercomputer for extensive internal simulations of games in order to reach as many states as possible.
    m.swiechowski@mini.pw.edu.pl

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcel-Hetzel/100000716792296 Marcel Hetzel

     RENDER THAT DAMN THING. I would render – infinite – and trying to get all from C4D whats possible – blowing up the limits of reality!

    In thanks of such a prize I would make a cool spot for nvidia for free :-) – I promise!

  • Sumit Gupta

    Thanks for the great responses here and at cuda@nvidia.com    Please keep them coming.    We are looking for researchers who would transform their research by having dedicated access to such a powerful supercomputer, instead of having to apply for access to one of the shared supercomputers.
     

  • Sumit Gupta

    Thanks Koji.   I really wish we could learn more about global warming and similar environmental problems.   Have you seen the work going at Japan’s NIES (National Institute of Environmental Studies) on the use of GPUs for C02 modeling?
    http://www.iemss.org/iemss2010/papers/S00/S.00.14.Using%20NVIDIA%20GPU%20for%20Modelling%20the%20Lagrangian%20Particle%20Dispersion%20in%20the%20Atmosphere%20-%20JIYE%20ZENG.pdf 
    This is for the GOSAT project http://www.gosat.nies.go.jp/index_e.html

  • Aron Miller

    IBM’s Watson technology merged with Google Search would be a nice future service. Watson helps with elaborating the real meaning of the question, and then the Google subsystem does the more exhaustive search over the volume of the internet. In order for such a system to be valuable it may need to be as fast as possible otherwise the human will do the work of the Watson component manually (as they do now). A Petaflop at 12 times Watson’s hardware may be able to give seemingly real-time results at Jeopardy level performance allowing for an interactive dialog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MADBOOT Michael Dillon

    I would devote my time to developing an AI,that could do all my work for me :)

  • Sumit Gupta

    Aron
    Don’t know if you read the book “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, but this really super-smart GPU-accelerated Watson+Google might come up with the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything … answer is of course “42”, just don’t know what the question is ;)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrases_from_The_Hitchhiker's_Guide_to_the_Galaxy 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Prince/1495725840 Brian Prince

    Funny Show, but I don’t think i’ll ever waste my time calculating all the way back to the ‘big bang’. God is no less realistic an answer then that “beginning time Singularity” that you append unto big bang to counter the God theory.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Prince/1495725840 Brian Prince

    Will it play WOW ???

  • henna_programer

    If I had any idea how to use petaflop machine, I would definitely NOT participate in this contest.  Ideas can be very valuable these days and cost much more than NVIDIA propose to pay for them in this contest.  This contest is, in reality, a scavenging for new ideas.

  • Sumit Gupta

    I appreciate your viewpoint.   This contest is designed for researchers who believe that having access to fast supercomputer will revolutionalize and fundamentally speed up the pace of their research.  Or enable them to simulate things that they couldn’t before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erkaninho Erkan Tairi

    If I had a supercomputer capable of delivering petaflop of performance probably I would do two things with it. First of all I would do simulations and calculations about quantum computing and quantum cryptography, in order to create a compact quantum computer and unbreakable quantum cryptography. Therefore, changing the world how people do computing, and introduce them the new era of quantum computers. Who wouldn’t like to have an unbelievable fast and secure computer?

    As my second research I would focus on string theory, which is somehow related to quantum mechanics. It is at the moment closest theory to describe our universe from the smallest particles to the enormously big galaxies. The only problem is that currently it is just a theory. It works with the miniature strings of energy, about billions of times smaller than an atom, which make them unable to be seen with the experiments. And in my opinion the only solution to play around with the strings and experiment with them is to use the power of simulation and the third pillar of science, “computing”! I think we have waited long enough for the mystery of the universe. It is time to unify our universe under a single expression (formula). Who wouldn’t like to discover the universe?

    Name: Erkan Tairi
    E-mail: erkan.tairi@gmail.com
    Company: Progex Systems
    Department: Progex Research Center

  • Tyler Gubb

    GPU computing would be beneficial in solving the wave-functions for single crystalline (nano-domain) particles, and to simulate their synthesis and behavior.  These highly engineered materials are finding numerous applications as of late.  Noncrystalline ceria (cerium-oxide) may be used for enriching fuel mixtures for ‘perfect’ burn and delivering drugs across the blood-brain barrier to effectively eliminate the cause and effects of Alzheimer’s disease.  Nano-domains may be used (via quantum dotting) to produce highly efficient materials which convert light into electric current and visa-versa.  These examples of highly engineered materials only represent the tip of where the future of materials science is headed.  However that future starts with a powerful laboratory computer performing the theoretical calculations and simulations needed to engineer the product.  That is where I would like to focus my future research and thesis work.

  • Tyler Gubb

    GPU computing would be beneficial in solving the wave-functions for single crystalline (nano-domain) particles, and to simulate their synthesis and behavior.  These highly engineered materials are finding numerous applications as of late.  Noncrystalline ceria (cerium-oxide) may be used for enriching fuel mixtures for ‘perfect’ burn and delivering drugs across the blood-brain barrier to effectively eliminate the cause and effects of Alzheimer’s disease.  Nano-domains may be used (via quantum dotting) to produce highly efficient materials which convert light into electric current and visa-versa.  These examples of highly engineered materials only represent the tip of where the future of materials science is headed.  However that future starts with a powerful laboratory computer performing the theoretical calculations and simulations needed to engineer the product.  That is where I would like to focus my future research and thesis work.
    Tyler A Gubb
    tag3@alfred.edu
    Alfred University

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Royce-Wegner/510528245 Royce Wegner

    I would design a %100 physics based world, where everything is rigid bodies,soft bodies,cloth,fluid dynamics,particles & more.The full physics simulated world could be used in a variety of businesses. This is has never been achieved yet as there has not been enough computing power to drive massive amounts of physics simulations at once.Still …today almost every simulation is static.This would be a universal idea for a vast amount of applications, for both software and hardware.Even a petaflop might not be enough power to drive a simulation on this big of a scale.

  • Anders Eklund

    That would be nice, but my department can’t afford that.

  • Sumit Gupta

    These are great entries.   Please keep them coming.   Submissions are still open.

  • Mario Antonioletti

    We are currently working with oncologists at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland who are trying to do analysis of CAT images to identify tumour regions to irradiate. They currently have a 32 node computer cluster they are trying to use with a MATLAB bit of code but do not have GPU resources for this kind of analysis as far as I know. It would be great to provide them with this resource to develop their algorithms and code. The ideal result would be to develop algorithms that work in real time so that the prerequisite image analysis can be done as the patient is being irradiated. The fact that the analysis could be done in house (it is not easy – or one might even say possible – to export data to external computational resources due to the patient confidentiality of the data) and in real time would be a major benefit to us all (if we were unlucky enough to develop a cancer). I think it would be cool to give them access to such an impressive resource.

  • Lorenzo Rovigatti

    I am a Ph.D. student in physics and I would use it to study self-assembly of DNA structures into novel materials like equilibrium gels (i.e. material that can support stress but are very lightweight) or re-entrant gels and crystals (i.e. materials that return in a liquid state both on heating and on cooling). In particular, I am one of the main developers of oxDNA (http://dna.physics.ox.ac.uk), which is still in a very early stage of development but, as an unsupported feature, it can run on NVIDIA GPUs (see for example http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.0985). We have a nice >25x speed-up over a single core, but we cannot simulate very large systems on TESLA GPUs yet since the DNA coarse-grained model employed is very complicated and requires a lot of computational power.
    At the moment I am trying to study the phase diagram (in particular, the region of the phase diagram where the system phase-separates) of DNA constructs which self-assemble into a very low-dense network. I cannot afford to simulate more than 100 of these constructs (which means almost 20k nucleotides, by no means a small number) on a single TESLA GPU. While we would love to add multi-GPU support, even an increase of the performances on single GPUs, due to the new architecture, would mean a lot in terms of both research time and project feasibility.

    Name: Lorenzo Rovigatti
    Institutional email: lorenzo.rovigatti@uniroma1.it
    Website: http://dna.physics.ox.ac.uk/

  • rxeno

    What
    a thought, yes Kepler Tesla indeed. Well, I would first continue my work
    creating 3D reality live events. I believe that the media sea change will
    precipitate in remote attendance of live events to grow the performance to
    attendee ratio. (This is already happening but supercomputing will afford the
    momentum to increase the delivery quotient).

    I
    would also begine my harmonic resonance work in earnest. I have studied precisely
    the determinations and now hidden equations Nikola Tesla utilized to transmit
    free energy. I believe that just like all things, energy is at the brink of
    breaking free from it’s captors and will soon become free to all the world. In
    so doing, production and use will grow exponentially creating a better world
    for everyone. Even those that would fight to prevent its coming.

    With
    these money based activities would come billions of dollars of revenue which I
    would use to better the plight of the lesser in the world. Food, clothing ,
    shelter, medical, all of these areas would profit from my work, the outcome of
    my being allowed the power of Nvidia’s Fine new Kepler Tesla Computer.

    My
    past work, research and business background support my forward thinking plans.
    And it is true that I will achieve my goals regardless of the platform (I
    currently have approximately 30 computers and servers doing my work) but with
    this most excellent of newest pieces of futureware I would come to my solutions
    much much sooner. I would suspect, as well, much more efficiently and
    productively. All systems change through time/use/activity. In my case, the
    sooner the better.

    Thank you for your time and the opportunity to server mankind.
    What
    a thought, yes Kepler Tesla indeed. Well, I would first continue my work
    creating 3D reality live events. I believe that the media sea change will
    precipitate in remote attendance of live events to grow the performance to
    attendee ratio. (This is already happening but supercomputing will afford the
    momentum to increase the delivery quotient).

    I
    would also begine my harmonic resonance work in earnest. I have studied precisely
    the determinations and now hidden equations Nikola Tesla utilized to transmit
    free energy. I believe that just like all things, energy is at the brink of
    breaking free from it’s captors and will soon become free to all the world. In
    so doing, production and use will grow exponentially creating a better world
    for everyone. Even those that would fight to prevent its coming.

    With
    these money based activities would come billions of dollars of revenue which I
    would use to better the plight of the lesser in the world. Food, clothing ,
    shelter, medical, all of these areas would profit from my work, the outcome of
    my being allowed the power of Nvidia’s Fine new Kepler Tesla Computer.

    My
    past work, research and business background support my forward thinking plans.
    And it is true that I will achieve my goals regardless of the platform (I
    currently have approximately 30 computers and servers doing my work) but with
    this most excellent of newest pieces of futureware I would come to my solutions
    much much sooner. I would suspect, as well, much more efficiently and
    productively. All systems change through time/use/activity. In my case, the
    sooner the better.

    Thank you for your time and the opportunity to server mankind.

    Robert Xeno
    Radio-X Technologies
    Earth Hertz Productions, LLC
    Nashville, TN USA
    radiox@radiox.net

  • http://voxelium.wordpress.com/ Attila T. Áfra

    I am a PhD student in computer graphics, working on real-time massive model visualization using ray tracing. My approach is currently capable of interactively rendering very complex scenes consisting of hundreds of millions of primitives, with global illumination, on a single desktop PC: http://voxelium.wordpress.com/category/graphics/voxlod/

    If I had access to a petaflop supercomputer, I would focus my research on exploiting its power to render on holographic displays like HoloVizio (www.holografika.com) using ray tracing. Such light field displays have very high resolution (more than 60 Mpixels), which dramatically increases the number of rays that must be shot. Rendering high-quality, noise-free images using physically-based Monte Carlo ray tracing methods (like path tracing) is a very challenging problem even in case of 2D visualization. A petaflop supercomputer could render photorealistic images on light field displays in real-time.

    The research would be based on my current out-of-core path tracing algorithm. Although ray tracing is inherently parallel, incoherent memory access patterns due to random rays could compromise the scalability of the algorithm. It is important to note that the scene would not be able to fit into the memory of a single GPU. Thus, optimally exploiting the memory hierarchy of the system would be one of the primary challenges of this research.

    The results of this work could have important applications in CAD, medical and scientific visualization, entertainment, and other domains.

    Attila Tamás Áfra
    attila.afra@gmail.com
    Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
    Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

  • http://www.facebook.com/rdavidbarr David Barr

    I would use it to help solve some of the more complex chess moves.  Not so much in brute force but natural thinking. 

    Thanks,
    David Barr

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001409064577 Sander Peters

     Dear Sumit,

    As a second year student Industrial Engineering, I am working hard on my simulation skills and it will take a year or two to fully develop them by following courses at the Technical University of Eindhoven. Never the less I have a research proposal for simulation, if I had an super computer I could conduct that in two or three years.

    In today’s industries more and more chemical processing is done by companies. This processing brings along with the benefits of those new techniques and materials also danger of a major chemical disaster. Some people can remember probably the biggest industrial disaster in Bhopal, India. Where 3000 people died of an accident at the Union Carbide chemical production plant. Because highly intoxicating gasses where released in the atmosphere. Today local communities are facing the choice between economic profit and possible danger. Also industries need to worry about there safety procedures, and emergency services need to know how to act at those large scale chemical disasters.

    In order to help both of them I would create a visual 3D simulation of all the possible disasters that could happen if you build a chemical plant at that site. Fires, toxic clouds and even terrorist attacks could be simulated and the outcome of undertaken actions could be recorded. In this way emergency services could better decide how to under take action and local communities can decide better if they want that chemical plan so close to an inhabited area.

    This kind of simulation could have prevented the major environmental disaster at Chemi-Pack, Moerdijk, The Netherlands in 2011. Where fire-fighters tried to extinguish a huge chemical fire with water, instead of foam. With this simulation the outcome of working with water instead of foam could be proven before the fire, instead of concluding it in a report afterwards.

    As an expansion to this simulation there can be other safety issues modelled. Like the security at the Olympic Games or at another huge event. This all could be possible with a super computer with such capacity. Although it is a long term vision, considering those 3 years it could be a giant improvement considering safety.

    With kind regard,
    Sander Peters
    Technical University of Eindhoven
    Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences
    E-mail: S.P.F.Peters@student.tue.nl

  • Sumit Gupta

    Please get your submissions in today.   Last call – submission deadline is tonight (see rules above to get exact details).

  • Ipbeil

    I’m a simulation specialist at the medical school at the University of Louisville. With a petaflop computer, I would analyze hyper-slow motion videos of surgeons performing detailed endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures to break the processes down into keyframe gestures and repeatable patterns. I would then build three dimensional gesture models of these, and use evolutionary algorithms to optimize workflow. I would then use these optimized gestures to create a feedback training system for surgery residents, using motion capture technology such as the Microsoft Kinect. Surgical trainees would be presented with three dimensional puzzles that would require ever-increasing speed and accuracy to the optimized gestures to successfully complete. Data gathered from multiple tests of subject performance against a control group would be used to further adjust the simulation, and as foundational data for creating an at-home training system utilizing consumer level personal computers and video game consoles to heavily supplement the current training model of lab-only practice with expensive specialized equipment.

    Ian Beilman

    Simulation Technician

    Paris Simulation Center

    University of Louisville School of Medicine

    Ipbeil01@louisville.edu

  • http://twitter.com/fengji Feng

    I am a computer science PhD student. I am more of a systems guy who is thinking about providing good tools/libraries for application developers for easier working on these GPU-powered machines. And one of my work is about having transparent data movement across CPU and GPUs through an automatic runtime system. We have built such a system, yet we’ve found its performance relies on the performance of GPU cores as much as the memory subsystem. So if there is such a petaflops system with Kepler-based GPUs, I would definitely want to try it on the Kepler-based Tesla cards, which are said to have improved memory bandwidth. These experiments, when compared against that on the previous Fermi architecture as well as other GPUs, may shed some light how such a data framework should be build as a general solution.
    Feng JiDepartment of Computer ScienceNC State Universityfji@ncsu.edu

  • Daniel Nelson

    why not attempt a shackled ai?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001820644129 Shabayer Shaukat

    1:Every thing should be in 3d and like a movie because a student learns more by a animated film.so for example if we r studying the structure of DNA then through nvidia,s graphics power the teachers should create a 3d model of DNA and then teach it to the students.like this different 3d animation can b made and then teach to the students.with the passage of time the teaching methods should b upgraded with the other developments.i would like to tackle the scientific problems like the full life cycle of a mosquito which should be teach by a 3d model.

  • VIDYA BHUSHAN SINGH

    I will use that design and apply new PRAM algorithms to find answer to some of the toughest questions, like solving the RSA Challenges, DNA sequencing, etc.

  • Josh Heystek

    I would use it to try to figure out women. I’m just not quite sure if this would quite have the horse power for that. =)

  • Anders Eklund

    When will the winners be announced?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1242772565 Logan Hunter Strzepka

    I would DEFINITELY do some bitcoin mining to put the guys at the AMD camp to shame!

  • Fluidic Ice

    I’d attempt making “the game of life” I designed in a blog which would require a supercomputer or better to actually run and create this “game”: 
    http://www.fluidicice.com/1/post/2011/11/the-game-of-life.html

  • Mihail Bebrovski

    Lol I’d render a bunch of simulations with 3DS Max at the highest render settings possible