Tokyo Tech Becomes First Japanese CUDA Center of Excellence

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nvidiaNVIDIA announced today that the Tokyo Institute of Technology [Tokyo Tech] has become the first CUDA Center of Excellence in Japan.  Tokyo Tech becomes the 10th such center, following the likes of Cambridge University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Harvard University, University of Maryland, National Taiwan University, Tsinghua University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Tennessee and University of Utah.

Tokyo Tech’s reputation has been built on its world-class research,” said Satoshi Matsuoka, division director of research infrastructures of the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC) at Tokyo Tech. “We pride ourselves on a number of research publications and awards using GPUs, as well as advanced courses that leverage the GPU and the CUDA programming model. As a CUDA Center of Excellence, we look forward to advancing the state-of-the-art in petaflops scale parallel computing and beyond, using our GPU-enhanced heterogeneous supercomputer to solve challenging computational problems of national and global importance.”

Tokyo Tech’s Global COE CompView program is seeking to establish new scientific methodologies focused on computation and to train scientists to succeed in the rapidly changing world of computing.  Last November, Tokyo Tech GSIC was the first group to land on the Top500 with a GPU-accelerated system via TSUBAME.

Tokyo Tech is a globally important university that educates engineers and developers in a country renowned for innovation,” said Andy Keane, general manager, Tesla business at NVIDIA. “Tokyo Tech’s appointment as the first CUDA Center of Excellence in Japan will enable it to share its parallel computing knowledge and, by utilizing CUDA, enable students and researchers to contribute to future advances in computing.”

According to the release, over 300 universities are currently utilizing GPUs in their respective curriculum.  For more info on the Tokyo Tech CUDA Center of Excellence, read the full release here.