by Chandra Cheij

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Sixteen new CUDA centers in eight countries – from Croatia to Colombia – have recently been welcomed, bringing the grand total to 207. They’re doing research in areas such as DualSPHysics, cloud computing and protein misfolding diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and mad cow disease.

CUDA Teaching Centers equip tens of thousands of students graduating each year with the ability to take advantage of the parallel processing power of GPUs. These centers receive donated teaching kits, textbooks, software licenses, NVIDIA CUDA architecture-enabled GPUs for teaching lab computers and academic discounts for additional hardware.

CUDA Research Centers embrace GPU computing across multiple research fields. They have access to exclusive events with key researchers and academics, a designated NVIDIA technical liaison and specialized training sessions.

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

University of Vigo (Spain)

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University of Vigo is developing multi-GPU strategies for the open source DualSPHysics model ( This model, especially suited to solve complex fluid problems, started from a collaborative effort among researchers at the University of Vigo, the University of Manchester (U.K.) and Johns Hopkins University (U.S.). Preliminary tests carried out at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (a CUDA Center of Excellence) have shown promising strong and weak scalability values on the order of 85 percent and 100 percent, respectively.

University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (U.S.)

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Researchers here are developing the basic primitives needed to support high performance computing (HPC) in the cloud. The work targets GPU and GPU/CPU architectures to support tightly coupled HPC applications within the OpenStack cloud computing platform.


Wake Forest University (U.S.)

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An interdisciplinary team of computational biophysicists at Wake Forest University develop and perform GPU-optimized molecular dynamics simulations of protein and RNA folding, biomolecular machine assembly and protein-nanoparticle interactions. Their research has been applied to systems that have been directly implicated in protein misfolding diseases such as Alzheimer’s and mad cow disease, and they are presently focused on developing new antibiotic targets.

The new CUDA Teaching Centers include:

•    Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (India)
•    Bilkent University (Turkey)
•    Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
•    Rajarshi Shahu College of Engineering (India)
•    Shri Guru Gobind Singhji Institute of Engineering and Technology (India)
•    Technische Universität Dortmund (Germany)
•    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
•    Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)
•    Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia)
•    University of Nebraska, Lincoln (U.S.)
•    University of Rijeka (Croatia)
•    University Pablo de Olavide (Spain)
•    Virginia Commonwealth University (U.S.)

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