We need your help choosing a codename for our upcoming CUDA on ARM development kit.

Recently announced at the SuperComputing 2011 conference in Seattle, Wash., the CUDA on ARM development kit will enable programmers to easily write code for the next generation of powerful, energy efficient supercomputers. Fitting, as this same hardware – powered by the ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra 3 mobile processor and a discrete NVIDIA CUDA GPU – is being used in the Barcelona Supercomputing Center’s world’s first ARM-based supercomputer.

This NVIDIA CUDA on ARM development kit.

But, we need a name for the new kit. The name should reflect  the importance of this product in the future of energy-efficient supercomputing.  While CUDA GPUs have helped researchers discover breakthroughs in science and technology, CUDA GPUs with ARM processors will help scientists achieve even greater breakthroughs using supercomputers with sustainable power consumption. The kit may very well turn out to be the stepping stone to exascale architecture. As such, the name needs to be interesting, descriptive and memorable.

So the question is, will you help? What codename would you choose to call this gigaflop-packing, energy-lite development kit? Would it be something fuzzy, delicious or simply green?

If we use your suggestion, we’ll make it worth your while.  You’ll be one of the first to receive one of the development kits, free of charge. Plus, you’ll score some serious bragging rights. If we don’t end up using a reader-submitted codename, we will pick a winner at random.

To participate, simply:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog with your suggestion for a name. Be sure to let us know why you think it’s the perfect name for our new CUDA on ARM Development Kit.
  2. Email us at cuda@nvidia.com with your email address and the codename you submitted (for tracking purposes).

We’ll be accepting your suggestions until 11:59AM on December 9th  2011. The winner will be announced either late December or early January.

So, think hard. But think fast. We can’t wait to see all your great ideas.

Good luck!

Click here for full contest rules and details.

Don’t forget, you can vote for your favorite codenames below by clicking “like” in the comment.

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  1. Janus.

    Tegra chips are code-named after superheroes. To combine them and discrete GPUs, code name it Janus, which is both a Marvel superhero character and also the Roman god of beginnings and transitions. Janus is usually depicted with two faces, in this case, one is looking towards the energy efficient CPU cores on the ARM side and the other towards the compute horsepower of the GPU, combining in a transition to a new era of energy-efficient supercomputing. Janus is also
    linked to auspices of the future.

  2. Kenneth, totally agree. Unfortunately contest regulations make it hard for us to open up to all global regions. However it would pretty awesome to see an NVIDIA kit with your suggested name if it got chosen. So folks dont be shy to spell out a few good names.

  3. Reflecto. 

    A superhero character from the ‘Legion of Super-heroes’. His abilities include being able to reflect any object back to it’s source. Since the Tegra Chips are code-named after superheros. And this kit will allow users to easily program this chip and it being using in ARM based supercomputer, any name unrelated to super heroism would not suffice.

    And yes! Reflecto is the perfect name for the Tegra + Cuda development kit.

  4. I would say “Trilithon” or “three stones” upon which exascale computing will be build: gpu + arm as the vertical stones which will be supporting the third horizontal one which is undoubtedly energy efficiency.

  5. I am a huge racing fan and when I think of CUDA, I think of speed and power. I think a good name would be something associated with the pinnacle of motorsport: Formula 1. Maybe a famous racing circuit like Suzuka or Nurburgring or Monaco.

  6. Hi there,
    I suggest “CARMEN” as a synonym for “C”uda, “ARM” and “EN”ergy.

    regards herman

  7. Oh it has to be…… SHIVA!     God of Transformation and Destruction, basically wiping the floor with the opposition with his many ARMs wealding multiple kick ass weapons.

  8. Critera
    It’s have no special meaning, just a good sounding neologism made special for this contest.

  9. Armstrong.  Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon heralding a new era in technology innovation and exploration as well as demonstrating that a
    computer could operate in a spacecraft and run off batteries as opposed to occupying a room
    filled with the energy consuming vacuum tube tech of the era.

  10. Well, you’d be using them to build Hecatoncheires, the hundred armed and a hundred and fifty headed giant… but that has too many letters…

  11. I think the titan who stole the power of fire from the gods to bring
    it under man’s control would be a good name as CUDA on ARM brings so
    much power to every man/woman. Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and
    gave it man to control. Also CUDA on arm is all about performance per
    watt and low heat I think they go hand in hand.

    So my suggestion is: Prometheus

  12. Science and mythology, what a great combination. Good to see other creative ideas too. Thanks everyone.

  13. STEM

    I am choosing STEM due to multiple reasons:

    1) STEM reminds us of plant stems, that sustain the leaves and flowers of a plant during its growth. Analogously, the devkit will sustain the development and optimization of an application to exascale. The greenness of plants also relates to the environment awareness and energy efficiency characteristics inherent to the devkit.

    2) STEM also reminds us of stem cells, which are newborn, unspecialized cells that can convert into any cell in the body. Likewise, NVIDIA’s devkit can be specialized and used to tackle a variety of different problems posed by academics and the industry. Furthermore, stem cells can self-renew, which may relate to the vitality and longevity of ARM-based supercomputers.

    3) STEM can be a backronym to Supercomputing on Tegra-based Energy-aware Machines, or Scalable Tegra Environment for Modelling.   

    4) STEM is a small, simple, easy-to-remind word. Moreover, it has only 4 uppercase letters, just like CUDA.

  14. Totalitarian. Because you want to impress upon consumers that you have something. Something that is powerful, impressive, and not to be forgotten. (and also because I spun that well.)  😛

  15. I’ve always liked that the NVIDIA code names for Tegra are based on classic superheroes. And since CUDA on arm is all about Tegra 3(
    ) going to work, I think ‘Kent’ would be very apropos.
    Then for Tegra 4 ( Wayne ) there’s ‘Malone’. For Tegra 5 ( Grey ) there’s ‘Dayspring’.
    Tegra 6 ( Logan ) there’s ‘Howlett’.
    Tegra 7 ( Stark ) there’s ‘Potts’. You could also with the theme of a marriage of Tegra and Cuda, which would give you the code names of ‘Lane’, ‘Kent’, ‘Summers’, ‘Akihiro’ and… umm… well… you could just pick your favorite of Stark’s many girlfriends. 🙂

  16. This has been great so far. Acronyms, descriptors, evocative – all in all very clever suggestions everyone!

  17. An ARMed CUDA seems a nice match from two of the strongest trends: 
    * Parallel Computing 
    * Green Computing 

    It’s unfortunate that CUDA, standing for “Compute Unified Device Architecture”, has little or no connection to neither of those principle, but it has a strong marketing appeal and you can’t just throw it away for something else. 
    So, if I had to choose a name I’ll go for something like CUDA-GP, where GP stands for Green Power.

  18. Well, I would like to suggest something Latin. As we already know that the combination of Tegra ARM CPUs and CUDA GPUs is planned to deliver a high energy efficiency. The Latin word for energy is: “navitas”, while word for efficient is: “efficiens”. Therefore, my suggestion will be to combine those two words and produce another word, something like: “Naviciens” or “Effinavitas”, or something other that you will like. But my pick is for “Naviciens”.

  19. Well, I would like to suggest something Latin. As we already know that the combination of Tegra ARM CPUs and CUDA GPUs is planned to deliver a high energy efficiency. The Latin word for energy is: “navitas”, and the word for efficient is: “efficiens”. Therefore, I would like to suggest to combine those two words and produce another word, something like: “Naviciens” or “Effinavitas”, or something other that you will like. But, my pick is for “Naviciens”, because it also sounds good.

  20. ANT. 

    – Small yet powerful. Can carry 50X times its weight.  Some can, carry 100x times their weight. Ant’s basically use their diminutive size to their advantage just like the gigaflop-packing, energy lite dev kit
    – Longest living of all insects, Ants can form massive colonies running over thousands of miles – talk about scale and the power of efficiency
    – Ants have two stomachs. Talk about dual power/capacity.
    – 3 Letter acronym, just like ARM that starts with A.
    – Etymology: “an” as a prefix denotes, upward, or pertaining to. “AN” Tegra.
    – Arm based NVidia Tegra

  21. How about VIMS –  meaning lively or energetic spirit; enthusiasm; vitality.
    Codename- VIMS  also Very Intelligent Modification Succession

  22. Hello,Let me introduce myself : Guillaume FORTAINE, Cloudpreneur :http://www.linkedin.com/in/gfortaineI have read with interest this blog post and, from my point of view,  there are very interesting suggestions.Especially, the ones from stuntprogrammer and The Smile Man are very subtle and thoughtful with their references to mythology (Janus and Promotheus). By the way, the one from Will Ramey is also interesting by symbolizing the breakthrough from a such architecture (Cornerstone). Moreover, I would greatly appreciate to invite you to a further reading of the article entitled “Nvidia aims to knock Intel out of supercomputers with ARM CPUs and graphics chips” [1]To illustrate this battle at the top for the leadership, by combining the previous great ideas and to stay in accordance with Nvidia Tegra codenames style [2], I would suggest Armageddon [3][4]. Like the hill where the Messiah and the Antichrist fought for the conquest of the World, Armageddon will be the substrate for Nvidia to end the reign of x86.Best Regards,[1] http://venturebeat.com/2011/11/14/nvidia-aims-to-knock-intel-out-of-supercomputers-with-arm-cpus-and-graphics-chips/%5B2%5D http://www.benjamintseng.com/2011/09/the-marketing-glory-of-nvidias-codenames/%5B3%5D http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon%5B4%5D http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armageddon_(Marvel_Comics)#Armageddon–Guillaume FORTAINEguillaume.fortaine@devopspace.comDevOpSpacehttp://www.devopspace.com+33(0)631.092.519


    Graphene relates to nanotechnology, matrix connectivity, intelligent materials, honeycomb perfection.
    Graphene is a single-layer of molecular carbon strongly organized in a perfect honeycomb structure.
    It is made of very simple carbon atoms, yet it is one of the strongest materials, 200 times as strong as steel.

    GRAPHENE evokes the matrix connection of a supercomputing structure, and also evokes the strength of processing achievable from very simple nodes, utilizing very small energy.

    GRAPHENE also evokes the graphical nature of graphite, one of the most successful drawing tools known to mankind, a driver of creativity.

    GRAPHENE can also be written GRAPH-N, relating to the number of nodes that form a graphics rendering fabric.


    – Jonny Doin

  24. Call it “Master Blaster” because it’s a low-power brain (the ARM CPU) riding a mean piece of brawn (the GPU) and driving the creation of a new economy where power is scarce (like the world of Mad Max).  Who run Bartertown?  Master Blaster run Bartertown!  (Or at least Barcelona.)  Then call the follow-on product Thunderdome – two chips enter, one chip leaves.

  25. I was thinking of name;

    CUDA LEAF=Low Energy with ARM Functionality

    LEAF points out the low energy feature of the product, and it also emphasizes the green side.

    Volkan Sevindik

  26. Hulk,
    Hulk is green as nVidia,
    Hulk is green as power efficient,
    Hulk is powerfull,
    Hulk have a good power managment
    hulk have a skyzophreny as the combinaison of a GPU and an ARM.

  27. I wonder if there is a good term that denotes a new beginning.    or basis of a new architecture.

    A new beginning of a heterogeneous server architecture that will pair two energy efficient processors: 
    – a ARM CPU optimized to run scalar parts of an application
    – a CUDA GPU optimized for parallelism  
    Or to say it another way:The soul of the ARM CPU is energy efficiency: performance / watt for scalar appsThe soul of the CUDA GPU is parallel processor: performance / watt for data- & compute-intensive apps.Lots of concepts – hard to merge into a cool codename that we can use.


  28. CA-PU (CUDA ARM Processing Unit) I am looking forward to see it as a machine vision unit. low energy and high parallel computing capability. A more challenging name can be given if you trust its capabilities ! (did not see it, therefore cannot know its power and processing capabilities;))

  29. exaScite

    reflects the goal (exa-scale computing) and the excitement for working towards it, and the ‘Sc’ is for supercomputing.

    best, Hannes Fassold

  30. Armabuda: a somewhat twisted version of marabunta which is the very proof that number is power.

  31. How about – Tefral

    Named along the comic book theme as the comic character has Cosmic energy control with an unknown upper limit, which is the same as the
    endless HPC possibilities of CUDA arm platform.

  32. How about – Tefral

    Named along the comic book theme as the comic character has Cosmic energy control with an unknown upper limit, which is the same as the
    endless HPC possibilities of CUDA arm platform.

  33. In keeping with the dual lineage of code names, superheroes for Tegra devices and scientists for CUDA devices, my suggestion is: Xavier

    Stark is the other logical choice, but already taken, so I went with the real name of Professor X, Charles Xavier, as something that evokes a superhero scientist, doesn’t seem to be overloaded in the computer world, and sounds neat.

    Bonus points if you can silkscreen a big X logo on the circuit board.

  34. Robin.

    He is the first bird to sing at the new dawn.

    He treads lightly, and is fast and efficient.

    He’s nimble and resourceful, and an invaluable partner on your side whether its crime-fighting or super-computing. 

    Imagine what you could do with an entire flock!

  35. a codename for the CUDA on ARM development kit ? ARMON
    Definitely. Standing for ‘ARM on’. And much more.
    Interestingly, ARMON is also a word displaying an indo-european root. ARMON stands in medieval and modern Europe as the essential part of the towbar on carts, coaches and carriages.
    At first commonly used over Northern Europe (XIVth century), ARMON eventually spreaded to Mediterranean shores, also designating drawbar on a plough.
    Purposefully designed to help mankind thriving along centuries – both on speed & efficiency – ARMON stands once again as an unique & essential tool, on the threshold of the next green silicium Era.

    Another one?
    let’s propose a quite simple one, ARMONIA 
    Obvious, indeed: getting harmonious & smooth functioning is the essential aim of such tools…


  36. ARMaCUDA is my choice.  It rhymes with Barracuda, which conjures up images of a fast, sleek animal.  Folks in the industry will instantly recognize what its intended use is.

  37. I think it will be very appropriate to call it – NVIDIA Big Bang.
    Then the next generations could be called Supernova, etc….

  38. Great to see responses from both CUDA and Tegra/ARM fans. Two very passionate communities. 
    5 more days before we close the contest. Get your names in folks…

  39. In the field one of the great weaknesses of the name CUDA is that people, especially business types, do not know what it is.  Even describing it as CUDA architecture is somewhat obtuse and obscure for most.

    Therefore, whatever the new name, please, please, please make it an adjective.  For example, ‘C++ programming language.’  C++ is the adjective.  Heck, think about leveraging the existing brand:  ‘CUDA++ programming language’ for example.

  40. Seguro: It’s a Spanish word. Defines success. Also means having or marked by confidence or assurance.

  41. “Prometheus”…

    -Heterogeneous computing may be the “fire” that allows us to truly advance.
    -It itself means forethought, which also seems appropriate
    -Very few people would take offense to it
    -Seems a little cocky, but it’s just a codename, so it can be

  42. I would name it PARADIGM because this technology is going to redefine how we perceive supercomputing and it therefore constitutes an important paradigm shift in computing.

  43. My suggestion is the codename “Genesis”. it simply means “the coming into being of something”, it represents the beginning of a new era in high performance computing involving ARM and NVIDIA.

  44. QudaM
    Q is to make the sound be similar to the CUDA name
    and the M for Mobile, so it would be QUDA Mobile

    Also you would have to read the Q in spanish, Q and C sound similar in spanish

  45. Prometheus- “forethought” aka new thinking for the future (supercomputing) providing new tech and tools through research (fire to the next generation).  Yes, there are punishments in the Origin story, but the “gave fire to man” part always stuck with me…

  46. I’m going to say Centauri.

    With the relation to the Alpha Centauri star. The Closest star to us yet IT seems just beyond out reach. The star Is reachable in our future grasps but for now  What is more in our future yet only requires us to reach out and grab it. Can we go beyond our current limits and get a slight touch of whats in our future? Maybe it is there now waiting to be touched.

  47. Arm’cudos would be good codename for CUDA on ARM
    and next would be continue this series after Arm’ as Arm’shell, and so on

  48. Nvidia Electron.
    An electron is tiny and the smallest possible electrical charge, but at the same time capable of immense power

  49. Libertus. A mix of “Liberty” and “Liberation”. The architecture will be so efficient that users will have the liberty to do anything and everything without concerns about energy consumption and their carbon footprint. And liberation of graphical capabilities and GPGPU performance onto a much smaller product, that will ultimately be the next big thing in this technology driven world of ours.

  50. You should call it

    Figuratively, to Spearhead something is to lead a charge, and this is supposed to pave the way for brilliant new technology, right?
    Literally, a Spearhead is always the first thing into battle.

  51. My suggestion is Warp.
    – It’s how threads are grouped in CUDA.
    – It comes with a SciFi association for speed.
    – Simple word, good sound.
    – This definition fits with CUDA technology being on an ARM kit: a situation, environment, etc., that seems characteristic of another era (source: dictionary.com)

  52. nVidia Shuriken.

    -This reflects the mantra of small, but effective. This could lead to a thematic progression if so desired, “Tegra 4 Katana” etc.

    -This reflects a lesser feudal lord, a symbol of authority without being something gaudy and overstated like KING or LORD. I feel like product lines often lack a certain sense of elegance and humility.

    And finally, in keeping with your suggestions of Fuzzy and Green:
    nVidia KiWi.
    -It’s fuzzy. And green.

  53. NVIDIA Porcupine.

    Like the many quills of a Porcupine, CUDA lets you decimate anything in its way with a barrage of deadly cores, all within a fast, mobile, and low-maintenance creature (ARM).

    Also, it would be killer marketing to name it Porcupine. I’d love to tell my friends I’m developing on an NVIDIA Porcupine.

  54. I think it should be something aggressive showing that you mean business like 

    Brutal Torpedo. Tells that its aggressive and has something new.

    Steam Machine. Shows that it has a lot of power in it.

    Smart Every Day Sun(SEDS).  Well smart tells that its smart and Every day sun tells that its going to be used by millions of people and everyone will take it for granted later on. 
    (My personal favorite)

    Unique Mountain. Its one of its kind and its here to stay.

  55. Hey here are two of the names I came up with

    Galia Zalias (galia is lithuanian for power and zalias is lithuanian for green, symbolizing a green future that stems from energy efficient computing)
    Project Zalias
    NVIDIA Zalias

    Project Low Power Big Impact


  56. Barracuda:                       genus of carnivorous deep-sea fish. One of its most striking features is that they attack their prey with great rapidity.Large, powerful, dangerous … but no arms   😉

  57. Crossbow – High Performance and High Precision for HPC as well as alluding to the crossing of two different planes in the computing architecture world into one.

  58. Nvidia “Exceeds” system.

    EXteme Compact Energy Efficient Development System.

    I think the Acronym speaks for itself,
    Clearly showing how Nvidia pushes the limit of technology without sacrificing the planets resources that allow us all to thrive.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  59. Revanchist, because this technology will help NVIDA reclaim whatever markets they may have lost.

    It comes from the French word from Revenge. And means literally one who takes their Revenge.


    Re-arranging the letters in ARM and CUDA, you get MARAUD – plundering the competition!

  61. My suggestion for the CUDA on ARM development kit would be the “NVIDIA CHIMAERA ” simply because the kit is composed of the parts of multiple beasts, and retains their particular attributes.

  62. GRUN

    Green in German, but without the umlaut to be memorable. It may mean too: Green execution=Green Run=GRUN  -> Nvidia GRUN . Germany is a country that always thinks in the environment. 

  63. PLANET

    Powerful Long-lasting Aura of Nvidia’s Efficient Technology.
    This expression is detailing everything about newest green and powerfull cuda… Nd planet represents that cuda is alive…

  64. Codename: Mallard


    My Reasoning: CUDA spelled backwards is ADUC, and a Mallard
    is a duck, but not just any duck. It’s the most common duck in the northern
    hemisphere. It’s also the ancestor of most domestic ducks.

    A male Mallard has a green head. That color helps it both blend in and stand
    out in its surroundings. There’s also something special about the color green.
    It signifies a cleaner world; one in which energy efficiency is crucial for


    The Mallard doesn’t have ARMS in the traditional sense, but
    it does have strong wings. It flaps those wings a multitude of times in order
    to travel quickly. A variant of a flap is a flop, and when you put enough flops
    together, you get a gigaflop. Gigaflops of processing power are capable of
    taking a supercomputer to infinity and beyond.


    Lastly, the Mallard has webbed feet. It uses those webbed
    feet to move itself quickly and easily through the water. A supercomputer has
    its own version of webbed feet. It uses the World-Wide Web in order to quickly and
    easily move its data throughout the planet.


    Bonus Points: A Mallard is so dang handsome, how could you
    resist using it in a marketing campaign? 😉


  65. I thing a suitable name would be Rising Sun, because it’s like something new in the IT horizon.
    It’s simple, and quite descriptive. Inside, a complex circuitry, outside, something that looks quite simple, but you know what it does, it’s capability. That’s the sun. There are a lot of other stars, but this is the most important, the biggest one.

  66. Sherlock Holmes

    James Bond
    Ethan HuntBryan Mills
    Xander Cage
    Hannibal(Detectives/Spies) One man army just like Cuda Fast, Powerful and Efficient at what they do.Lol i know these aren’t very good XD but i wanted to give it a try before going to bed when i wake up ill think of something better 

  67. “Piranha”. Each arm cpu is like a piranha. They are not much powerful alone. But if they join together and make a team (like a powerful multi core supercomputer with arm cpus), they can beat anything(i.e a supercomputer with much powerful cpus). Their smallness resembles energy efficiency and cuda gpus is their sight as a scary and ferocious predator.

  68. Solite – Ain solar energy which is effecient and light as in fast
    FARM – F as in flash. Flash is fast and effecient. It will also continue the superhero theme. and arm as in tegra arm or better just call it FLASH! =)
    Supercomputers are suppose to become faster and faster, so flash leaves it open ended of how fast a computer can ever go.

  69. Just thought of another one:

    N-Lite: N as in NVIDIA and lite as in lightening fast. also it when said is “Enlight” which puts a lot more meaning to it.

  70. Wanted to let everyone know that if you like others suggestions dont hesitate to press LIKE on their comment. It would be great to see which ones are catchy and popular.

  71. NVIDIA SeeSonic.

    NVIDIA is one of the (well, sometimes it’s only one leading) leaders on visual computing field.

    Integrating CUDA and ARM would be a great challenge, both for NVIDIA engineers and mobile programmers all around the world. Thus, this challenge should be named in a way that could fascinate all people who are interested in this field, with the strong implications that NVIDIA has made with its various codenames.

    My suggestion SeeSonic is the combination of two words-See(Verb), and Supersonic.

    By “seeing”  “supersonic computing speed” powered by CUDA, both mobile programmers and handheld device users would be fascinated with the graphical performance of the product.


  72. GC Prime (green compute prime) as this is a primer to an era of low energy compute platforms.  

  73. How about “Embedded Supercomputing Kit”?

    When I was finishing up grad school in 2003, I was trying to quickly prototype robots with computer vision using off-the-shelf webcams and either small-form-factor PC components or affordable embedded dev kits.  At the time, the perf of embedded DSP dev kits was awful and there was no driver support for any decent cameras.  Looking for more computationally powerful solutions, I found mini-ITX boards that ran on x86 CPUs and required fancy DC-DC power supply hackery to get them running stably off RC car batteries.  The smallest usable setup I came up with was VIA Nano board with a pricy DC-DC power supply board that could directly use two RC car batteries in series, and Logitech QuickCam.  Since it was a full-fledged PC, it was easy to run Linux on it and use available QuickCam drivers.  The performance was enough to do low resolution 30 fps vision.

    During all that time, I knew I was only a few years away from seeing something much better…  something that could run Linux flawlessly but didn’t need to be x86, something with good connectivity, good development tools, and good industry adoption.  And best of all, something that could do math at mind-blowing speeds with a DSP that only needed to be powered on when necessary, and actually run off battery.  So, taking two mutually exclusive target audiences (low-power embedded and maximum-performance) and somehow doing both.  This little monster is probably the first thing I’ve seen that could legitimately call itself an embedded supercomputer.

    How awesome would it be to have a stereo pair of frame-synced cameras and one of these kits strapped onto an RC car (or, dare I say, helicopter)?

  74. “Diamond stick” is a little and powerful weapon. it means the development kit can perform the CUDA and ARM are perfect

  75. nVidia Cybele
    (Roman Goddess of Energy, Healing and Fertility)

    Energy – For energy efficiency in the overall platform

    Healing – For helping scientists (and others) achieve things quicker

    Fertility – For the updated code structure allowing for easier code to be written

  76. MSI has used the name Big Bang as a name for one of their performance motherboards.  It was their high end board for the socket 1155, 1156, and 1366 platforms

    The valuable “spice” in the novel Dune that allowed those who consumed it to see into the future and plot intergalactic space jumps, among other things. There are several interesting groups/people/places/terms that go along with the story (future code names).

    House Atreides
    House Harkonnen
    House Corrino
    The Bene Gesserit
    The Fremen
    The Smugglers
    The Sardaukar

    Salusa Secundus

    Princess Irulan

  78. Ragnarok

    The first part of the word – ragna – basically means gods, or ruling powers.  
    The second part – rok –  has several meanings, such as development, origin, cause, relation, fate, and end.

    It kind of fits the situation.  It will be the new “ruling power” enabling programmers to write the code.
    It will be used in the “development” and will be the “origin” of the next generation of supercomputers.

    The word Ragnarok as a whole comes from Norse mythology.  It is the name of a series of events that ultimately led to the demise of the majority of the worlds current gods.  The world was submerged in water, and when it resurfaced, the surviving and reborn gods gathered, and the world was repopulated by two human survivors.

    The events of Ragnarok led to a fresh start for the world.  

    “The kit may very well turn out to be the stepping stone to exascale architecture.”

    In my mind, this fits perfectly.

  79. Piledriver – signifies a push in technology and ability to drive a pile of cutting edge software.

    The best tanks in HoN, With skills that give you crazy damage reduction, increased move speed and the ability to slow your opponents.
     Nvidia CUDA, increase speed and slow your opponents 😀

    The best tanks in HoN, With skills that give you crazy damage reduction, increased move speed and the ability to slow your opponents.
    Nvidia CUDA, increase speed and slow your opponents 😀

  82. I’m no super heroes buff, but I love nvidia products. I think by combining the cuss and the ARM you are essentially creating your own super hero of sorts. Combining lightning fast speed, while also conserving power. Thus I came up with the NVIDIA Lightning Green Cuda.

  83. Nvidia Nagaxia.

    the idea came in two parts, first NAG, like “New AGe”, because we are
    talking of a revolution that Nvidia brings to us, the ARM and the GPU,
    united as a new path.

    then it comes the “Axia”, which means “worth” in greek, because now we are looking for quality, design, and superiority, and Nvidia Did it.

  84. Nvidia Nagaxia.

    the idea came in two parts, first NAG, like “New
    AGe”, because we are talking of a revolution that Nvidia brings to us,
    the ARM and the GPU, united as a new path.

    then it comes the
    “Axia”, which means “worth” in greek, because now we are looking for
    quality, design, and superiority, and Nvidia Did it.

  85. Nvidia Nagaxia.

    the idea came in two parts, first NAG, like “New
    AGe”, because we are talking of a revolution that Nvidia brings to us,
    the ARM and the GPU, united as a new path.

    then it comes the
    “Axia”, which means “worth” in greek, because now we are looking for
    quality, design, and superiority, and Nvidia Did it.

  86. Nvidia Nagaxia.

    the idea came in two parts, first NAG, like “New
    AGe”, because we are talking of a revolution that Nvidia brings to us,
    the ARM and the GPU, united as a new path.

    then it comes the
    “Axia”, which means “worth” in greek, because now we are looking for
    quality, design, and superiority, and Nvidia Did it

  87. How about Nvidia Sheen?? Sheen means green in Pushto (Language of Pakistan)

    It sounds cool Sheen, kinda like shine, U guys use words of different languages for ur products, give  Pakistan a chance too.. Thnx..

  88. Suggestion :  ENNEAD
    Explanation:-Ennead refers to the group of nine  Egyptian deities which include -ATUM or TEM (God of completeness, perfection and beginning -name can be used for next processor in series signifying beginning)                                                                                                   -SHU (God of air; hence personifies coolness and calmness – a feature of Nvidia processors which are energy efficient and silent)                                                                                                   -ISIS ( God of nature and magic – Because Nvidia processors are magical as well as focusing on green technology)
    – The use of ENNEAD hence signifies power, beginning, nature and mystery ; all rolled into one-  which in a way also are analogous to the Nvidia processor  combining ARM and CUDA.
    – The word ENNEAD also begins with the pronunciation (en) which is same as that of Nvidia.                
     – The Nvidia processors are the best in market and have a “God” status which makes it more viable option.


  89. code-name : sonic
    In reference to sonic the hedgehog since both the tegra cpu and sonic are both small, fast and powerful. Also both can handle almost anything you toss at them.

  90. The CuGARM

    like a feline
    like a like a big catlike a wild animal
    like  a Cougar 
    but for the Cuda GPU ARM processor

  91. NVIDIA EH-PC Kit

    Efficiency High-performance computing kit.

    You can’t get around the perfect name that just boost your adrenaline level when you pronounce it “Nvidia” you can almost hear and remember the first time you hear the  mysterious lady whispering it when you start up your game “NnnnVida” perfect fit , can’t go without it. Now the efficiency is just THAT word that everyone loves these days, it has to be green, good for the environment, Nvidias logo color only support this factor. H and P combined for high performance, you know Nvidia as a brand of quality, and it fits good with the C for computting as it spells out PC, aka personal computer. Add the kit behind for a clean finish. You are not in doubt as soon as you read it, Nvidia EH-PC kit, as soon as you see it, you can see 2 things. First PC -> computer kit-> some sort of either development tool or a kit with alot of stuff in it. You get very curious, what is this? it will stand out in the crowd, you wanna hear more about it. Thats my example of a perfect name to this project.

  92. I have a few more… 

    1. Arcuda2. Hercules – Roman god of power and strength. :)3. Nerio – Roman goddesses of war and personification of valor4. Peregrine. After, the bird, Falcon. So far, no bird known can match the flying speed of aperegrine falcon in its hunting dive. The peregrine falcon is thefastest bird – and in fact the fastest animal on Earth – when in adive. As it executes this dive, the peregrine falcon soars to a greatheight, then dives steeply at speeds of over 300 kilometers (200miles) per hour. Since it is a speed in hunting and dive, I kind ofassociate it with gaming/competition/adventure as well…5. Cheetah – Power+Speed… 6. Dhanush – A sanskrit word for bow – symbolic of swiftness and power
    7. Boomerang8. Torpedo – a cigar shaped, self propelled underwater projectilelaunched from a submarine9. Arjun – ambidextrous master archer in Indian mythology – may not bethat recognizable but well…. Swift, focused.

  93. I would call it the Nvidia Allen, honoring the Flash as both a genius and a superhero.
    Or it could be the Nvidia Plamer in honor of the Atom, another genius superhero.

  94. My suggestion: Nvidia Phantom.Why?
    I think that Phantom is a word that is very suiteable. It also sounds
    very cool and a good respond to all the Phenom products. Phantom
    = “That which has only an apparent existence; an apparition; a specter;
    a phantasm; a sprite; an airy spirit; an ideal image.”All the best, Emil.

  95. NVIDIA Armada Development Kit

    with the codename being  “Armada”

    A fleet of powerful development tools guaranteed to deliver astonishing  breakthroughs for the next generation of energy-efficient supercomputing. Combining  “the breakthroughs in science and technology, by  using the CUDA GPUs with ARM processors” to conquer the demanding task of highly-efficient supercomputing for tomorrow.

    And besides .. the Spanish Armada depicts a powerful force to conquer any task at hand.


  96. CUDA fARM or CudaFarm SDK

    Obviously combines CUDA + ARM.  No idea what the “f” stands for, I’m sure NVIDIA marketing can come up with something.  The “farm” refers to server farms, harvesting NVIDIA products, etc.

  97. What an amazing response so far! Thank you.
    4 more days before we close the contest. Lets get some more ideas and support good ones from below with LIKEs.

  98. NVIDIA Kamel

    Kamel: meaning “perfect or the perfect one” 
    Camel: ultra efficient animals (ultra low power).  some have two humps (two processors). 

    Tagline: “NVIDIA Kamel is the perfect architecture for ultra-efficient heterogeneous computing.”

  99. I would call it NVIDIA Leaf. Low energy arm farm.

    Leaf is green, environment friendly
    Leaf means “Low energy arm farm”
    Leaf is the building block of a tree, just like this kit is a building block of a supercomputer, which is the tree.

  100. Pterodactyl. First, Dino’s are awesome. This is a FLYING dinosaur. Flight has some connotation with “super”, whether that is superhero or supercomputer. You have to be lean/efficient to fly.

    Also, silent P’s are pretty awesome, or at least rare. We’ll strike some Pterror into our foes!

    (I’m an NVIDIAN)

  101. I’m going to suggest Echinda.
    Echinda was a greek mythological god. 
    (Greek: Ἔχιδνα, ekhis, ἔχις, meaning “she viper”)

    She was known to be the mother of all monsters, as most of the greek mythological monsters were mothered by her. She was half woman, half snake. In your idea sense she’s half built for the people, and half built for power.

    As read in  Hesiod, Theogony 295-305  “[…] the goddess fierce Echidna who is half a nymph with glancing eyes and fair cheeks, and half again a huge snake, great and awful, with speckled skin, eating raw flesh beneath the secret parts of the holy earth. And there she has a cave deep down under a hollow rock far from the deathless gods and mortal men. There, then, did the gods appoint her a glorious house to dwell in: and she keeps guard in Arima beneath the earth, grim Echidna, a nymph who dies not nor grows old all her days”

    This can be inspiring as to how the new Echinda named CUDA on ARM development kit is such powerful new technology that will not become outdated or break. It encompasses almost every point I can think of. I hope you consider this, and good luck with your new line!


  102. I sugguest: Abarimon

    From wikipedia: Abarimon is the name of a legendary race with backwards feet, but in spite of this handicap were able to run at great speed.

    Quite similar to CUDA on ARM – Something that runs at great speed even when very much constrained by energy consumption limitations.

  103. NOVA Development platform

    Nvidia’s Overt New Approach development platform
    Nova is the Latin word for New which is what this brings to the table, a plethora of new options and opportunities for development
    plus who are we kidding, giving Latin names to things is just cool ^_^

  104. NVIDIA chobhamChobham is famous as British composite armor. The integration of ARM and GPU makes the product tough and hardcore. 

  105. I’ve got another idea here, for a complete line of products:

    The line could be ARMADA, which is kind of obvious, and each product could be one of the time periods of the card game “Magic”, as Valiant comics used to edit comics based on this game with his division Armada.
    So products could be “Urza”, “Otaria”, “Ravnica”, “Alara” , etc.


  106. I’m french so this competition is not for me but i think a great name could be Cuda FS-G

    “Fs” for Fast because it’s nvidia =) and “G” for green because it’s an energy lite development kit

    Hope you will enjoy 😉

  107. Gaudi
    Cataloinian Architect responsible for the forward thinking in modern architecture.  His architecture combine many aspects of nature and used waste reduction techniques (re-use of broken tiles).  Also ties in nicely with Barcelonia.

  108. I don’t have time to go through all these posts.  I’m at work.  And I work for Nvidia.  Somebody tell me if this has been suggested.

    Cuda Fractal.

    Fractal suggests cutting-edge “cool” science.

    Fractals connote breaking big things to smaller and smaller identical pieces as well as building large, rich structures from simple starting points.

    …which very appropriate to the mobile devices that popularized the ARM chip and Nvidia’s involvement with it.


  109. I know Baracuda, barracuda, has already been submitted but I think it should be 

    BareAcuda 1. Its a bare boned energy efficient supercomputer
    2. Baracuda will rip any problem it has into shreds and destroy it 
    3. A silhouette of the baracudas teeth can be its logo

    B´ak´tun, in maya language is a period of time in the mesoamerican calendar that was used to represent the beguining/end on a new/old era.
    As we may know now, the 13th Baktun started on August 11, 3114 B.C. and will end on Dec 21st 2012.
    That date represent a new beginning for the human kind,  a hope for a better understanding on how to co-exist with our planet and nature, how to respect it and growth, to learn from our errors and built a better future.  Nothing to see with the end of the world!, well, yes, the end of an era that needs to improve.   
    For me that is the meaning of this important technology, a new way to use supercomputing, in a greener environment, more intelligent, dedicated to improve human life. 

  111. MUSCLE Platform – Combines the strength of the CUDA CPU with the flexibility of the ARM processors

  112. I like to name it as – nVIDIA ARMACUDA or ARMAcuda.
    Combination of ARM & Cuda names.
     Or, nVIDIA CARDuMA. This also a combination of ARM & Cuda names.

  113. nVidia Enosis

    enosis [ˈɛnəʊsɪs] noun: [Modern Greek: from Greek henoun to unite, from heis one]

    It unites two different kind of processors: a massively parallel one (GPU) with a more versatile one (ARM)

  114.  Hi,
    I would suggest Anaconda: is a large, non-venomous snake and is one of the largest snakes in the world. Thought it is non-poisonous it is built for the kill machine. It can beat its competitor slowly and silently.  

    Name: Harsha Kumar
    Email: Harshakumar.cch@gmail.com
    Codename: Anaconda

  115. Codename FUTURITY. (or Green futurity)
    (sorry for my English) it stays for green future.. as it uses less energy and helps in researches… less energy – greener planet… more breakthroughs – brighter our future 🙂

  116. GAIA
    Gpu Arm Integrated Architecture
    The name Gaia from Greek Mythology. She arose after CHAOS to become the everlasting foundation (i.e. mother) of the gods of Olympus. This implies the foundation that this new architecture will bring to a new generation of supercomputing technology. 
    The name Gaia is also derived from the greek for land or earth, and she is the mother earth,  giving a connection to the kit’s green credentials.

    The Roman equivalent of GAIA

    Joint Architecture Development Environment.
    The name Jade implying something green, a precious object, a thing of beauty.

    Gpu Embedded arM INItiative
    The name Gemini, implying the twinning of two architectures.


    Like supermassive Stars  are composed of thousands of billions of small particles of matter, a large number of small cores can be used to build high density computing systems with low energy consumption.
    COMACAA (“Cuda fOr superMAssive Computing on Arm Architecture”) may suggest the importance of the ARM Architecture. Nvidia Tegra is a valid choice for HPC.

  118.  “Rio20”
    Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development20 – 22 June 2012http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/
    Summer in Rio is deliciousIt has the largest urban green areaLocated in the greenest countryRio is easy to speak and known worldwide
    Holding the World Cup 2014Holding the Olympic Games 2016
    (3 memorable events)
    A new hybrid being was conceived there, from a beautiful mother and a powerful father(The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1)

  119. 1 more day to go before we close the contest. So far the responses have been great! 

    How about some suggestions around – beginning or origin – this after all is the beginning of ARM based GPU computing?

    Or how about something related to being a precursor to Project Denver?

  120. Nividia Sphynx (based on pyramids, play on words since you are doing mobile as wel, keeps with Physx, spelling wont interfere with copyrights)Nvidia Phuture (future of Nvidia)

  121. Something occultist and satanic always works. Look at all the corp logos, and their relation to the moon/stars, numbers, astrology… Gemini sounds good, but too easy to remember.

    Nvidia SunSpot


    Read in the normal way, it has CUDA in it and a homophone for Target (our target – energy efficient super-computing).
    Read it the Arabic (reverse) way, it has Tegra in it.
    Makes perfect sense to be advertising both our (i am an NVIDIA employee) brands.

  123. Nvidia Spark
    Nvidia Sparks
    Nvidia Sparx

    This is sure to ignite the very sparks of revolution in exascale architecture.The name also suggests that the world can expect more in the future and whatever technologies that are yet to come, have been triggered by these ‘Sparks’

  124. Nvidia Quark

    A quark is an elementary particle and a fundamental constituent of matter. Quarks combine to form composite particles called hadrons, the most stable of which are protons and neutrons, the components of atomic nuclei.

  125. Since NVIDIA likes to name its products after inventors, call it the “Reese Kit”.
    In 1928, H.B. Reese invented a candy that was the first to bring together together chocolate + Peanut Butter, 2 ingredients that were great on their own but even better together, much like a CUDA GPU + Tegra ARM CPU.
    -nVidian TWells


  126. NVIDIA Tachyon.

    Tachyons are hypothetical subatomic particles that are incapable of moving slower than the speed of light. Seems appropriate for something this fast and efficient.

  127. The code name contest is now closed. 

    Please watch blogs.nvidia.com or follow us on @GPUComputing:twitter to find out the winner in the next few weeks.Thanks to everyone who read and posted a suggestion. What a phenomenal response!

  128. Vigor (or perhaps nVigor, although that sounds more like a product name than a codename, perhaps) !

    vigor n. physical strength … effort, energy, and enthusiasm (adapted from Merriam-Webster)Seems appropriate to me !

  129. not sure why my previous post last night didn’t show up but I had posted:
    Avante…play on words forward movement/ thinking…plus I think it just sounds elegant.

  130. I am Ajay Joshi, I suggest a name which suites the most for this promising product / kit. The codename I suggest – GreenSeed-M. Why ? Simply because it is already sown & going to give rise to a whole new green eco system of Multicore trees. 

  131. Green Dragon.
    a Green Dragon is a dragon wich is able to absorb energy of the earth so it use only a few energy to be as powerfull as rest of dragons who are the most powerfull creature of the worlds.

  132. I know a good codename for NVIDIA, it’s a bit long, but i guess the whole gaming community would understand. It is:

    (sorry im sooo dissapointed)

  133. Nvidia Calibre

    Superior performance, enhanced producitivity, and unrivalled technological ingenuity, Nvidia Calibre represents the very apex of Nvidia’s GPU prowess in the form of it’s brand new  CUDA on ARM development kit.

  134. Nvidia Xcution(from the word, “execution” which means kill!!! or die!!! ) 🙂 i mean, well it sounds ‘fierce’ and strong.. 🙂

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