by Hector Marinez

NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) series – which focuses on the latest advances enabled by GPU computing in science, academic and commercial fields – has drawn enthusiastic participation at recent events in IsraelJapan, Taiwan and Singapore.

But the biggest version of the event ever held outside the U.S. is about to take place in Beijing. That’s  only fitting, given that two of the world’s top five supercomputers are in China. This reflects China’s faith in the power of the GPU to solve some of the world’s most computationally complex problems.

This week’s event is hosted at the China National Convention Center, a facility built for the 2008 Olympic Games. It sits in the heart of the Olympic Green, along with the iconic Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.

GTC Asia will be attended by well over 1,500 scientists, researchers, company execs and investors from more than 40 countries, who will be spending Wednesday and Thursday poring over hundreds of hours of technical sessions focused on the GPU.

Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA’s president and CEO, kicks off the festivities with a keynote on Wednesday, at 9:30 am Beijing Time. He’ll discuss how visual and parallel computing are enabling breakthroughs in high-performance computing, across a broad range of scientific fields. For those not attending, the speech will be streamed live on NVIDIA’s GTC Asia web site: or

The conference will feature key figures from top scientific organizations and research institutions leading a range of presentations, tutorials, panel discussions, roundtables and instructional sessions. It will also include an Emerging Companies Summit, showcasing startups that leverage GPU computing to revolutionize today’s computer industry, as well as a CUDA Student Workshop for tomorrow’s HPC experts.

There will also be a workshop on Efficient Exascale Computing, presented by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Process Engineering; Tokyo Institute of Technology; Swiss National Supercomputing Centre; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the National Research Council in Italy; and NVIDIA.

For more information on the GTC Asia program agenda, conference news and the keynote address, visit the GTC Asia web site, download the free GTC Mobile app from the Android Market outside of China and The9 within China, or simply come back to the blog.