by Sumit Gupta

During yesterday’s SC11 opening ceremony, HPCWire announced its 2011 Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards recognizing leading high-performance computing companies – nine  of which went to NVIDIA.

The annual awards, which are featured on HPCWire, showcase companies that are making the biggest impact for HPC customers and the industry as a whole. NVIDIA, as well as a number of our products, including Tesla and Quadro GPUs and CUDA, won the top spot in the following categories:

Readers’ Choice Awards:

  1. Top 5 Vendors to Watch:  NVIDIA
  2. Top 5 New Products or Technologies to Watch:  NVIDIA Tesla GPU Computing
  3. Best Use of HPC In Life Sciences:  NVIDIA Tesla GPUs
  4. Best Use of HPC in Financial Services:  NVIDIA Tesla GPUs for JP Morgan Chase
  5. Best Use of HPC in the Entertainment Industry:  NVIDIA CUDA and Quadro Technologies
  6. Best HPC Software Product or Technology:  NVIDIA Next-generation CUDA Architecture
  7. Best HPC Collaboration Between Government and Industry:  NVIDIA In Partnership with Tokyo Institute of Technology, Data Direct Networks, NEC, Intel, Microsoft, Mellanox/ Voltaire, and HP for TSUBAME 2.0

Editors’ Choice Awards:

  1. Top 5 New Products or Technologies to Watch:  NVIDIA Kepler GPU
  2. Top 5 Vendors to Watch: NVIDIA

The number and types of awards bestowed upon NVIDIA this year indicate some key industry trends that are worth noting:

  • The HPC industry is embracing GPUs/parallel computing with enthusiasm
    In just four short years GPUs have matured from concept to broad acceptance in the HPC space.  Today, three of the world’s top five supercomputers use GPU technology to drive breakthroughs in a range of scientific fields – the recent whole simulation of the H1N1 virus, for example.
  • GPUs are increasingly being used to solve real-world problems
    From accelerating research in the Life Sciences to the powering large compute-intensive financial systems, GPU supercomputers are not just technology “experiments.”  They are making a significant and measureable impact today.
  • Big things are coming from NVIDIA
    I believe the reason we won both the “Top 5 Vendors” and “Top 5 Products or Technologies” awards – from both readers and HPCWire editors – has to do with HPCWire’s high expectations for NVIDIA to deliver great things down the road. The HPC industry is excited about our higher-performance Kepler architecture, and is expecting NVIDIA to continue innovating with our parallel computing technologies – both on the hardware and software (CUDA) side.

If you’d like to learn more about the HPCWire 2011 awards, I recommend you visit www.HPCWire.com.