Tel Aviv GPU Symposium Furthers GPU-Based Efforts In Israel

by Bob Sherbin

NVIDIA this week continued its work cultivating Israel’s growing market for GPU-based technologies, hosting a symposium in Tel Aviv for top execs from some three dozen firms ranging from startups to multinationals that are pushing the frontiers of computer-vision, gesture-based and high-performance computing technologies.

Tel Aviv has become a global startup hub.

The one-day event featured talks by some of country’s hottest small companies, plus NVIDIA technologists who talked about our efforts to continue enhancing the CUDA parallel-computing platform, cloud-based gaming and vision-based applications in mobile computing.

Kicking off the event, Jeff Herbst, NVIDIA’s VP of business development, noted the rapid spread of GPUs in Israel’s technology sphere, fed, in part, by innovation from research universities, the military and a sophisticated funding ecosystem.

“Israel has a lot of great universities, a sophisticated venture-capital system, a lot of smart people and a culture of innovation,” Herbst said. “Next to the U.S., this is the number-one place in the world where you see amazing innovation and promising small companies.”

Jon Peddie, a long-time observer of the graphics industry, said that he comes to Israel several times a year to keep up with the extraordinary pace of innovation in the local marketplace.

Among companies that presented at the conference:

  • RealView Imaging. Co-Founder Shaul Gelman introduced work that his company is doing to create accurate, fully dynamic, 3D holograms that can be interacted with. The full-color images, based on optical, electro-optical and algorithm solutions appear to float in the air and can be observed from a wide range of viewing angles.
  • Camero. Ron Daisy, VP of R&D, talked about how his company is leveraging innovations that enable SWAT teams to “see” through solid walls to enable real-time security scanning without requiring individuals to stand still.
  • Sagivtech. Founder Chen Sagiv discussed the 10-person startup’s work in image and signal processing and promoting the use of parallel processing within Israel.
  • N-trig. CEO Amichai Ben-David described the company’s DuoSense technology that uses a stylus to input data for mobile computers.

The event also included a presentation on protecting IP by Cooley, the Silicon Valley law firm.

The symposium builds on momentum generated by last year’s Israel GPU Technology Conference, which was attended by more than 400 individuals from domestic startups, corporates and investment funds.