There was a lot exciting news out of China last week as NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Chief Scientist Bill Dally and General Manager of NVIDIA’s Tesla business Andy Keane visited Beijing. Highlights included:
• New CUDA Centers of Excellence– Tsinghua Universityand the Institute of Process Engineeringat the Chinese Academy of Sciences were recognized as the newest CUDA Centers of Excellence(CCOE). The organizations were selected for their commitment to GPU computing research and teaching of parallel programming courses based on the CUDA architecture. They join five other CCOEs: Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Utah in Salt Lake City; Cambridge University in the U.K.; and National Taiwan University in Taipei.
• CUDA “Future Star” Contest Awards– These awards recognize innovative programming work by university students in China. More than 70 CUDA-based entries were submitted, covering scientific computing, engineering and consumer applications. One of the contest judges, Professor Yangdong Deng from Tsinghua University, began the award ceremony by saying “CUDA is hot in China!”
Other events that the NVIDIA execs attended included a GPU computing seminar focused on trends in high-performance computing; recognition of the world’s first CUDA book, written by Tsinghua University professors; an interview of Jen-Hsun by popular online tech portal ZOL; and a heartwarming visit to the Haidian Foreign Language Experimental School. The NVIDIA Beijing team has forged a strong, ongoing relationship with students at this school following the tragic Sichuan earthquake last year.
-Reported by Calisa Cole and Ming Wei