by Victoria Rege

Our first GPU Technology Conference (GTC) Japan took place last week in Roppongi, Tokyo. Co-hosted by NVIDIA and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, GTC Japan played host to nearly 1,000 attendees at the Tokyo Midtown Hall.

The keynote stage at GTC Japan 2011

The enthusiasm for all things GPU was palpable as attendees filled breakout sessions to capacity, listened to speakers presenting their academic/research papers and browsed various technical posters.

While each breakout session was packed to the brim,  the CUDA training sessions – which offered standing-room-only throughout the day – drew the largest crowds. Given the number and breadth of questions asked at the CUDA sessions, there’s no denying that developers are hungry for more CUDA.  It’s a good sign for GPU computing when questions like these stop focusing on the basics of GPU computing and start addressing topics concerning deployment of GPU-powered systems.

Some of the technical posters on display.

The agenda also featured technical talks from a group of  speakers that included university professors, engineers and industry executives, as well as a gallery of GPU-related technical posters (which were selected by the GPU Computing Study Group). At the conclusion of the event, a review committee, comprised of representatives from universities across Japan, selected the best paper and the best poster at GTC Japan. The winners will go on to showcase their work at GTC 2012.

Taro Okamoto, from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, won top honors from the review committee for his paper and presentation on “Full GPU Simulation of Seismic Wave Propagation.” Naoyuki Ichimura, from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science andTechnology, was honored with the distinction of submitting the best poster in the show, entitled “Extracting Local Invariant Features by Parallel Processing Based on Orientation Maps.”

A wider view of the exhibit area.

We are inviting both winners to present their work to a likeminded group of conference goers, and to rub elbows with industry thought-leaders, at GTC 2012 in San Jose, California, on May 14-17, 2012.

On behalf of the NVIDIA team, I’d like to extend a big “thank you” to our GTC Japan partners and sponsors.

For those of you eager for the next regional GTC event, you won’t have to wait long. GTC Asia will be held Dec. 14-15, 2011, in Beijing. For more GTC info, please visit