Second SHARCNET Symposium on GPU and Cell Computing

April 13th, 2009

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
May 20th, 2009

This one-day symposium will explore the use of GPUs and Cell processors for accelerating scientific and high performance computing. The symposium program includes invited keynote presentations on large-scale fluid dynamics simulations using the Roadrunner supercomputer and acceleration of biomolecular modeling applications with GPU computing, as well as vendor research presentations from IBM, NVIDIA and RapidMind. Researchers working with these architectures are invited to contribute presentations and posters.

For further information and to register please visit the event website.

NVIDIA GPU Computing Tutorial Webinar Series

April 8th, 2009

This series of free web seminars (“webinars”) starting April 15th 2009 will cover the basics of data-parallel computing on GPUs using NVIDIA’s CUDA architecture. Tutorials will be presented by the NVIDIA Developer Technology team and will cover many topics including C for CUDA, programming with the OpenCL API , using DirectX Compute and performance optimization techniques.

Webinar topics, schedules and registration information will be updated regularly. Pre-registration is required. Please follow the links provided (after clicking “read the rest of this entry”), and registration details will be emailed back upon successful registration. Read the rest of this entry »

Equalizer BOF at Eurographics next week

March 31st, 2009

Equalizer Graphics will be holding an Equalizer Birds-Of-a-Feather meeting today during Eurographics’09

Place: Eurographics 2009, TU Munich
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 15:00-16:30
Room: MI 02.13.010

Co-located with EG is the Eurographics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization, so there is yet another good reason to attend.


  • 15:00-15:20 Equalizer: Past, Present and Future, Stefan Eilemann, Eyescale Software GmbH
  • 15:20-15:40 Virtual Architecture with Equalizer and OpenSceneGraph, Julia Sigmund, University of Siegen
  • 15:40-16:00 Performance Optimizations for Image Compositing, Renato Pajarola, University of Zurich
  • 16:00-16:30 Questions and Answers, Open Discussion

Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Panel: Making Your Desktop a Supercomputer?

March 31st, 2009

In this panel to be held at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany on Thursday, June 25, 2009, five GPU experts from both industry and academia will share their perspectives on several aspects of GPU technologies, including hardware architecture, software tools, and applications. The panel chair is Prof. Dr. Kun Zhou of Zhejiang University, and speakers include Dr. Justin Hensley from AMD, Dr. Pradeep Dubey from Intel, Dr. Miguel Sainz from NVIDIA, and Dr. Li-Yi Wei from Microsoft.

Conference: Applications of Graphics Processors in High-Performance Computing

March 31st, 2009

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling and Institute of Informatics at the University of Warsaw held a mini-conference and workshop called “Applications of Graphic Processors in High Performance Computing” on March 19-21, in Warsaw, Poland. Speakers at the conference were authors of several publications on applications of GPUs on methods for GPU programming, and applications of GPUs in analysis of medical data, computational fluid mechanics, bioinformatics and finite element computations. A hands-on workshop on CUDA programming was offered for a limited number of conference participants. More information is available at the AGPinHPC conference website.

Workshop: Massively-Parallel Computational Biology on GPUs

March 31st, 2009

This workshop, organized in conjunction with INFORMATIK 2009, the 39th annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI). This one day event will take place in Lübeck Germany, during the duration of INFORMATIK 2009 (September 28th – October 2nd, 2009). The workshop will include tutorials, refereed sessions, invited talks, and an open discussion session on future developments. Submissions are encouraged in all areas of Massively-Parallel Computational Biology on GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) including but not limited to

  • Parallel and massively-parallel Programming and Algorithms
  • Algorithmic Aspects of Computational Biology
  • Applications and Implementations on GPUs

The submission deadline is April 26, 2009.  For more information visit the BioGPU 2009 Website.

Minisymposium on GPU Computing at PPAM 2009

March 23rd, 2009

Submissions of relevant research on GPU Computing are invited to this minisymposium, organized as part of the 2009 International Conference on Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics (PPAM 2009: Wroclaw, Poland, September 13-16, 2009) by April 10, 2009. Topics of interests include, but are not limited to, the development of techniques and tools (e.g., compilers, high-level application programming interfaces, etc.) that improve the programmability of GPUs as well as practical demonstrations of the potential of GPUs in the solution of scientific, engineering and commercial applications. Best papers presented at the minisymposium will be considered for a special issue of Concurrency and Computation: Practice & Experience. For further details, visit GPUCOMP2009.

SIAM CSE’09: Scientific Computing on Emerging Many-Core Architectures

March 17th, 2009

Slides are now available for the minisymposium “Scientific Computing on Emerging Many-Core architectures”, held in conjunction with the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering 2009 (SIAM CSE’09, Miami, Florida). The minisymposium, organised by Mike Giles, Dominik Göddeke and Stefan Turek, focused on opportunities and challenges for scientific computing on novel many-core architectures, in particular IBM’s Cell processor and GPUs from NVIDIA, AMD and Intel. The talks covered a range of application areas, including the development of libraries and other tools to simplify the programming many-core processors. (Minisymposium: Scientific Computing on Emerging Many-Core architectures)

High-Performance Graphics Call for Participation

February 27th, 2009

The new High-Performance Graphics Conference is the synthesis of two highly-successful conference series:

  • Graphics Hardware, an annual conference focusing on graphics hardware, architecture, and systems since 1986, and
  • Interactive Ray Tracing, an innovative conference series focusing on the emerging field of interactive ray tracing since 2006.

By combining these two conferences, High-Performance Graphics aims to bring to authors and attendees the best of both, while extending the scope of the new conference to cover the overarching field of performance-oriented graphics systems covering innovative algorithms, efficient implementations, and hardware architecture. This broader focus offers a common forum bringing together researchers, engineers, and architects to discuss the complex interactions of massively parallel hardware, novel programming models, efficient graphics algorithms, and innovative applications.

Paper submissions are due April 30th.  For more information see the High-Performance Graphics Website.

HotPar ’09: First USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Parallelism

February 27th, 2009

To be held March 30-31, 2009 in Berkeley, California, HotPar ’09 will bring together researchers and practitioners doing innovative work in the area of parallel computing. HotPar recognizes the broad impact of multicore computing and seeks relevant contributions from all fields, including application design, languages and compilers, systems, and architecture.  (

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