NVIDIA CUDA Center of Excellence
"Often before a great discovery there is the creation of a new tool or a tool that is used in a different way than before. GPUs and the algorithms and software that they use are today's tools and with them we are entering a golden age, where scientific computing is going to truly change the way we do science and medicine."
As a CUDA Center of Excellence, the University of Utah is using CUDA technology extensively across three facilities:
Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute
The SCI Institute has established itself as an internationally recognized leader in visualization, scientific computing, and image analysis. The overarching research objective of the SCI Institute is to create new scientific computing techniques, tools, and systems that enable solutions to important problems in biomedicine, science, and engineering. For more information: www.sci.utah.edu
The School of Computing
The School of Computing has a long history of distinguished faculty and alumni who have made substantial contributions to research and industry. The CUDA Center will play a key role in the School's new Digital Media Initiative linking Computing with Fine Art and Film and funded by the USTAR Initiative
Center for the Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions (CSAFE)
As one of the Department of Energy's five Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) centers, Utah runs detailed simulations of high energy devices and hydro-carbon fires, designed to increase the safety of dangerous material transportation and storage.
"The synergy of graphics combined with computational horsepower provided by NVIDIA GPUs and the CUDA programming environment provides incredible opportunities in science, industry and commerce," stated Dr. Steven Parker, adjunct professor of computer science at the University of Utah and principal research scientist at NVIDIA.
"The worlds of scientific computing and computer graphics owe a great deal to the University of Utah and those who have passed through its halls," said David Kirk, chief scientist at NVIDIA. "CUDA technology has the potential to truly transform industries, as we have already seen in fields such as medicine, geophysics and finance. With a school of Utah's caliber incorporating it into their curriculum and across many of its research facilities, I am personally very excited to see what advances can be made."
The CUDA Center of Excellence at the University of Utah is using GPU technology to make significant advances in a number of scientific applications, including seismic data processing and visualization, MRI and diffusion tensor image reconstruction, cardiac electrical wave propagation simulation, combustion and fluid dynamics simulation, and several projects in large-scale scientific visualization.
SCI GPU publications
Meet "Tess," our 128 GPU NVIDIA Cluster