NVIDIA sponsors India's first special interest group on GPU computing

28th January 2012
NVIDIA sponsors India's first special interest group on GPU computing

MUMBAI January 27, 2012: NVIDIA,the company that invented the graphical; processing unit or GPU has decided to evangelise its application and connect with users in India: It has launched India’s first GPU Computing Social Networking Group. “HPC and GPU Computing group” is India's first informal special interest group founded to bring together GPU users from different fields and experience levels and all parts of India to learn and share their ideas and creations at friendly meetings.
This group will have regular monthly meet-ups on web (By Web-Ex, Conf Calls) and many more activities. All interested professors, academicians, researchers, scientists, system integrators, service providers and all adopters of GPU computing are welcome to join.
The group will discuss general GPU computing, including GPGPU, CUDA, OpenACC, OpenCL, compute node Interconnects, DirectCompute, DirectX, OpenGL and related technologies. Planned are short presentations as well as informal discussions on a range of subjects, including fundamentals of parallel computing and related core technologies, hardware architectures, parallel programming paradigms as well as specific optimization methodologies. The discussions on migration of applications on parallel computing platforms, related challenges and solutions will be highlights of these meet-ups.
The group, supported by NVIDIA, will have a core group of key academicians to lead and moderate discussions. The site will feature a bank of research papers, case studies and posts on the latest technological developments not only at NVIDIA but also in the global industry. The platform will also encourage users to engage over group chats and web conferences to interact with each other. NVIDIA will periodically host live talks with industry experts to elucidate on pertinent industry updates.

The informal special interest group will bring together GPU users from all fields and experience levels in India, including academicians, researchers, scientists, device manufacturers, system integrators, service providers and all early adopters of HPC & GPU computing. The group, hosted on Meetup.com – the world's largest network of local groups, will provide HPC and GPU computing enthusiasts in India a comprehensive platform to track industry trends and engage with each other, discussing the latest developments in the field.

Says Vishal Dhupar, Managing Director, South Asia, NVIDIA: “GPU computing is becoming increasingly relevant in our lives today. Everyone from gaming enthusiasts, to college students, working professionals to researchers and scientists can apply the GPU to enable better graphics and faster computing. NVIDIA will lead and facilitate the pioneering HPC and GPU Computing Group with an aim to establish a strong connect among GPU computing users and spread GPU computing awareness in India. We hope to make the GPU synonymous with computing and build a strong interconnected community of GPU users in India.”

HPC and GPU computing has come into sharp focus in India with the Indian Government’s focus on setting-up of Petaflop-class systems in the upcoming five-year plan. NVIDIA will facilitate the virtual informal special interest group as an extension of its University and Academic programs. NVIDIA in India has four different programs to engage with academia, through which 18 CUDA Teaching Centers, 1 CUDA Research Centre and 66 Academic partnership programs have been established in association with universities and professors.

The GPU Computing group can be accessed on the following link: http://www.meetup.com/HPC-and-GPU-Computing-Group-India/