by Chandra Cheij

CUDA centers continue to spread the word about GPU-related parallel computing around the world.

A further 13 universities and research Institutions in seven countries signed on today, pushing the total number of CUDA Research Centers  and CUDA Teaching Centers to near 500.

CUDA Teaching Centers instruct tens of thousands of students each year about parallel programming using GPUs based on NVIDIA CUDA architecture. They receive donated teaching kits, textbooks, software licenses, NVIDIA CUDA-enabled GPUs for teaching lab computers and academic discounts for additional hardware.

CUDA Research Centers are recognized for embracing and utilizing GPU computing across multiple research fields. They are at the forefront of some of the world’s most innovative and important scientific research. They have access to exclusive events with key researchers and academics, a designated NVIDIA technical liaison, as well as specialized online and in-person training sessions.

Here are some examples of CUDA-related work taking place at the newest CUDA Research Centers:

Eotvos University (Hungary)
The CUDA Research Center at Eotvos University is using CUDA to investigate the properties of elementary particles. Most notable is their research on Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) at finite temperature – research that is only possible through numerical means. CUDA-enabled NVIDIA GPU’s are a cost effective way of performing the necessary Monte Carlo simulations.

Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (Italy)
The Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV-CT) in Pisa, Italy is a leading research center in the fields of fluid dynamics simulation and natural hazard assessment. Its recent research has focused on using CUDA for fluid dynamics models in both single- and multi-GPU environments

University of Toledo(U.S.)
The CUDA Research Center at the University of Toledo,in Ohio, will use GPU-based, high- performance computing to study the reliability of modern power grids, including smart grid and renewable energy systems.

The new CUDA Teaching Centers include:

  • Center for Mathematical Modeling at the Universidad de Chile (Chile)
  • College of Engineering, Pune (India)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai (India)
  • Michigan State University (U.S.)
  • University of California, Irvine (U.S.)
  • University of Georgia (U.S.)
  • University of Wyoming  (U.S.)
  • Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune (India)
  • Télécom SudParis  (France)
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

For more information on NVIDIA research activities and these programs, please visit the NVResearch site.