NVIDIA Names IIT Bombay its First CUDA Center of Excellence in India

Tech cradle recognized for game-changing innovation and scientific discovery using GPU accelerators

BANGALORE, December 18: NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) today announced that it has named the Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay (IIT-B) as its first CUDA Center of Excellence (CCOE) in India.

Nvidia Press Conference Dec 2013The CCOE designation is the highest honor given to institutions for ground-breaking educational programs and research using NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) accelerators and the NVIDIA CUDA parallel programming environment.

Recognized around the world as a leader in engineering education and research, IIT-B joins the league of 21 elite international institutions such as University of Harvard and the University of Stanford that have used accelerated computing to empowers academics, engineers, and scientists to drive innovation and breakthrough scientific discovery.

As a CCOE, IIT-B will utilize equipment, grants, and resources provided by NVIDIA to support research projects in a variety of fields including climate and ocean modeling, bioinformatics, circuit simulation, computer/GPU architecture, computer graphics and vision, computational fluid dynamics, and molecular fluid dynamics. Research in these areas will be carried out by the Aerospace, Biosciences, Chemistry, Chemical, Climate Studies, Computer Science, Electrical, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Systems and Control Departments at IIT-B.

As a fountainhead of new ideas and innovations in technology and science in India, IIT-B will leverage its CCOE status to advance the state of parallel computing education in India, and to prepare the next generation of researchers for the expanding world of accelerated computing.

“Being associated with the world’s foremost academic institutions bears testimony to IIT-B’s continuous efforts in championing new approaches to computing with India’s academic, scientific, and engineering communities,” said Professor Dr. P. S. V. Nataraj, Systems and Control Engineering Group, IIT-B. “As the world embraces GPU-accelerated computing, IIT-B with NVIDIA’s support, will continue its efforts to proliferate the technology, keeping the country at the very leading edge of science.”

“GPU-accelerated computing has passed the tipping point to become mainstream technology driving innovation and discovery around the world in science, engineering, and big data analytics,” said Vishal Dhupar, Managing Director of NVIDIA South Asia. “Our collaboration with IIT Bombay and over a dozen institutions across India reinforces NVIDIA’s commitment to establish a strong ecosystem that will advance the country’s research across a range of scientific and engineering fields.”

The NVIDIA CCOE program recognizes, rewards, and fosters collaboration with leading institutions at the forefront of parallel computing research.

What is CUDA?

CUDA is a parallel computing platform and programming model developed by NVIDIA. It enables dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of GPUs. With more than 2 million downloads supporting more than 240 leading engineering, scientific, and commercial applications, the CUDA programming model is taught in over 700 universities and institutions worldwide. It is also the most popular way for developers to take advantage of GPU-accelerated computing.

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