New CUDA Center of Excellence

Nvidia has named the University of Utah a compute unified device architecture (CUDA) Center of Excellence. Nvidia CUDA technology is a C-compiler and software development kit for designing high-performance computing applications on graphics processing units.

Utah is the second school to be recognized as a CUDA Center of Excellence. The first was the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. More than 50 schools and universities now include CUDA technology as part of their computer-science curriculum or in their research.

The university will be using CUDA technology in three academic departments: the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, the School of Computing, and the Center for Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosion.

The CUDA Center of Excellence at Utah will be using GPU technology in an array 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 project in large-scale scientific visualization.

'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,' said Chris Johnson, director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah. '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.'

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