Into The Blue – GPUs and Remote Sensing

HySpeed Computing’s president, James Goodman, is attending the 2012 NVIDIA GPU Computing Conference. He’ll be sharing his experiences, thoughts and news coming out of the convention.

HySpeed Computing President James Goodman at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference

To close out Day 4, I had my chance to take the stage and share my insights on the versatility and power of GPU computing.

In an exciting and intriguing project with Northeastern University, we were able to apply this technology to effectively research the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on coral reefs. Though beautiful and incredible, coral reefs are also very susceptible to changes in their ecosystem. To monitor the state of coral reefs, we utilized remote sensing technology, specifically imagery from satellite and airborne instruments, to map coral reef distribution and assess changes over time.

If it were not for GPU computing though, this research would have taken incredibly longer to process and analyze. Through this technology we were able to accelerate our algorithms to incredible speed, enabling a greater amount of imagery to be processed. This ultimately created a much more efficient pathway for the mapping and assessment of coral reefs.

It was exciting to share our research and collaborate with others in the scientific computing community. It will be interesting to see how this technology continues to evolve and expand over the next year.

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Analyzing Animal Behavior Models Through GPU Computing

HySpeed Computing’s president, James Goodman, is attending the 2012 NVIDIA GPU Computing Conference. He’ll be sharing his experiences, thoughts and news coming out of the convention.

Ian Couzin explains how GPU computing helped create breakthroughs in his research.

Day 3 of the NVIDIA conference, and now we start delving deeper into the possibilities of GPU computing and how it can be used for real-world applications.
Today’s keynote speaker Iain Couzin, behavioral ecologist from Princeton University, detailed how GPU computing has become the core technology by which he is able to explore research into collective animal behavior and decision-making. Recently recognized as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Couzin uses a combination of experiments, observations and computer modeling to explore the collective dynamics of animal behavior, how groups make informed decisions, the evolution of leadership and the dynamics of large-scale collective motion.

With access to the power of GPU computing, Couzin is able to substantially increase his capacity for analysis. By harnessing and refining GPU computing to his needs, he has been able to make significant strides in understanding group dynamics in animal behavior. Research, that he hopes, will lend to better understanding human behavior, information dissemination, brain functionality and biological research on the cellular level.

NVIDIA Announces Future for GPU Computing

NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference – Day 2

HySpeed Computing’s president, James Goodman, is attending the 2012 NVIDIA GPU Computing Conference. He’ll be sharing his experiences, thoughts and news coming out of the convention.

Entering the second day of the NVIDIA conference, we had high expectations for the keynote address and breaking news. The keynote did not disappoint.

The main speaking hall faded to black with a soundtrack playing in the background. The room of 3,000 was buzzing with anticipation. Then, the opening keynote speaker, CEO and co-founder of NVIDIA Jen-Hsun Huang, took the stage, commanding the attention of the entire eager audience. As part of his keynote, Jen-Hsun confirmed NVIDIA’s continued commitment to GPU computing by announcing the company has yet again “doubled down” on investing in the technology. This investment became immediately apparent as he also took the opportunity to announce the launch of their most advanced GPU to date, the Kepler GPU. (Watch the keynote speech here)

With more speed, power and energy efficiency than any previous NVIDIA GPU, the Kepler replaces the Fermi and promises to fundamentally advance computer graphics and computing. Built on three new technologies – SMX, Hyper-Q and Dynamic Parallelism – the Kepler provides exceptional new computing capabilities. It is also the first ever GPU designed for a world of cloud computing. Kepler will also be used as the technology behind GeForce Grid, which enables unprecedented low-latency live streaming of cloud gaming.

Other guest speakers and demonstrations of the day, joining Jen-Hsun on stage, included Sumit Dhawan, group vice president and general manager of Citrix; Grady Cofer, visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic; David Yen, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco Data Center Group; and Dave Perry, CEO and co-founder of Gaikai.

Big Ideas & The Power of a Connected Community

NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference – Day 1

HySpeed Computing’s president, James Goodman, is attending the 2012 NVIDIA GPU Computing Conference. He’ll be sharing his experiences, thoughts and news coming out of the convention.

Conference attendees enjoy an afternoon social hour networking with fellow participants, developing new collaborations, and learning about the latest GPU advances.

As we arrived to kick start the 2012 GTC, we could feel a definite buzz in the atmosphere. A sense of community and collaboration as the GPU computing field came together. With leadership from NVIDIA, the community here is building an entire GPU computing ecosystem, which is continually growing and evolving through new technologies and applications.

As one of the hottest trends in high performance computing, integrating multi core CPU’s with GPU acceleration is offering developers and end-users and incredible array of possibilities. Leveraging the pervasiveness of GPUs in our increasingly tech-driven lives, the community is able to look toward incredible goals of software acceleration being achieved through GPU computing, portability across platforms, sharing software libraries and extending functionality across disciplines.

Over the coming days, I’ll be excited to see the sessions on code development, algorithm optimization, applications and the latest software releases (to name a few).

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