by George Millington

Our annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC) is just around the corner. And this year, we’ll have some big news to go with the show.

GTC 2012 kicks off on May 14 at the San Jose Convention Center, with keynotes, presentations, tutorials and instructional sessions in tow. The greatest minds in the scientific, engineering, research and development communities from over 40 different countries will gather to discuss how GPUs are enabling breakthroughs across a range of scientific and commercial fields.

There is a ton of great content to be experienced at GTC 2012, but if you do nothing else, be sure to attend our three keynotes:

Opening Keynote – May 15 @ 10:30am PT

NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang will kick off the conference with the opening address. He’ll review the dramatic and growing impact of GPU technology in science, industry, design and many other fields.

And, he’ll announce some big GPU news that you’ll not want to miss.

For those of you who can’t make it in person, we will provide a video livestream from the keynote. Make sure to keep an eye on our GTC 2012 homepage for livestream details.

From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes: GPU Computing Reveals the Principles of Collective Behavior
– May 16 @ 11am PT

Iain D. Couzin, from Princeton University, will discuss how he is using GPU computing to study collective behavior in our natural world. His research at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology dives into the question of how individual behavior can produce dynamic collective behaviors. The research sheds light on how the neurons in our brains work as well as and the drivers and dynamics of crowd behavior.

Not Your Grandfather’s Moon Landing
– May 17 @ 11am PT

Robert Boehme is CEO and team lead for Part Time Scientists – a team of German scientists and engineers who are using their free time to develop and send a robotic rover to the moon by the end of 2013, as part of the $30 million Google Lunar X-PRIZE competition. He and colleague Wes Faler will talk about how far they’ve come in the past two years and the milestones ahead, including how GPUs are being used to help the team successfully land and drive a rover on the lunar surface. Yes, this really is rocket science.

And, there’s even more to see. The Emerging Companies Summit returns to GTC in its fourth incarnation to showcase how startups are using GPUs to supercharge existing applications and create new solutions.

Select companies will present their work in the popular “CEO on Stage” sessions. All exhibiting and presenting companies will vie for a chance to win one of five “One to Watch” awards totaling $120,000 in prize money. The summit will include a “fireside chat” with Jen-Hsun and prominent industry analyst Tim Bajarin, of Creative Strategies.

We’ll also feature over 275 technical and practical sessions taught by some of the foremost experts in parallel computing. The sessions cover 35 broad topic areas, including Bioinformatics, Parallel Programming Languages & Compilers and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Find the full session agenda here.

GTC 2012 is shaping up to be a must-attend conference for anyone interested in GPU technology, and there’s still time to register.

Make sure you sign-up to attend via our GTC registration page here.