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IIT Bombay named CUDA centre of excellence

Posted on: December 20, 2013

Source: Business line,
Mumbai, Dec 18:

Graphic chip and visual computing technology firm NVIDIA has named the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay as the first Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) centre of excellence in the country.

CUDA is a parallel computing platform and programming model that enables dramatic increases in computing performance. IIT Bombay has been recognised for game changing innovation and scientific discovery using graphics processing unit (GPU) accelerators.

The company said the new designation is given to institutions for ground breaking educational programmes and research using NVIDIA GPU accelerators and the NVIDIA CUDA parallel programming environment.

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay have been consistently working on parallel computation. In particular, researchers at the vision, graphics, and imaging lab have been leveraging on the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for advanced rendering, image processing, and performance driven data structures. The goal is to broaden GPU computing, and also bring parallel programming into the education mainstream.

Recognised around the world as a leader in engineering education and research, IIT Bombay joins 21 elite institutions globally that have demonstrated a vision for advancing the use of accelerated computing, which empowers academics, engineers and scientists to drive innovation and breakthrough scientific discovery.

“Being associated with the world’s foremost academic institutions bears testimony to IIT Bombay’s continuous efforts in championing new approaches to computing with India’s academic, scientific and engineering communities,” said Professor PSV Nataraj, Systems and Control Engineering Group, IIT Bombay.

Vishal Dhupar, Managing Director of NVIDIA South Asia, said, “Our collaboration with IIT Bombay and over a dozen institutions across India will advance the country’s research across a range of scientific and engineering fields.”

IIT Bombay is to utilise 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, and molecular fluid dynamics.

Work in these areas spans several engineering and science departments at IIT Bombay, including, aerospace, bio science, chemistry, chemical, climate studies, computer science, mechanical engineering, among others.

IIT Bombay is to leverage its 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, according to the company.


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