Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang to Keynote SC11

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The SC11 conference has announced that Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA’s co-founder, president, and CEO, will deliver the SC11 keynote address. Huang’s address will launch the official start of the conference technical program at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. He will discuss the scientific milestones and challenges facing supercomputing designers as they pursue the advanced computational needs of the future.

Jen-Hsun Huang’s demonstrated leadership in parallel computing is well suited to the data-intensive thrust of the conference and the sustained performance focus of the Technical Program,” said Scott Lathrop, general chair of SC11 and director of outreach, and training for the National Science Foundation Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project. “As we look to a world of rapid collection and analysis of data with computational resources reaching exascale proportions, we value the opportunity to hear Huang’s vision for how the community can address the huge demands for data-intensive computing and faster time-to-discovery.”

Under Jen-Hsun Huang’s leadership, NVIDIA invented the graphics processing unit (GPU) in 1993, and has since developed high-performance GPU-based computing solutions for devices ranging from today’s advanced superphones and high-end gaming PCs, to enterprise workstations and supercomputers.

Jim Plummer, dean of the Stanford University School of Engineering, said Huang’s accomplishments demonstrate the type of leadership and entrepreneurship they want to impart to students.

As we’ve strived to build a culture of collaboration and innovation to meet the goals of solving problems through research and educating leaders, we’ve realized the need for a physical center to focus that aspiration,” Plummer said in a press release about the new school. “We are grateful to Jen-Hsun for making this a reality.”

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