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The Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies (IACAT) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced on Friday that it has teamed up with researchers at LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology (CCT) and NVIDIA Corporation to push the state of the practice in GPGPUs.

nVidia logo“The combination of CUDA parallel programming tools and NVIDIA Tesla GPU Computing products is driving a fundamental change in the world of scientific computing and delivering unprecedented levels of price performance to research facilities,” said David Kirk, chief scientist at NVIDIA Corporation and co-instructor of the University of Illinois course on Programming Massively Parallel Processors. “We are very excited to be working with LSU’s CCT and IACAT to encourage discovery and innovation and create exciting new opportunities for researchers and scientists.”

The project focuses on four areas: parallel programming models and frameworks, performance-tuning tools that help automate optimizing applications for GPUs, creating deployment test-beds, and nurturing application communities.