Nvidia open first “CUDA Center of Excellence”
The CUDA Center of Excellence program rewards schools that truly embrace the concept of parallel processing as the future of computing,? said Dr. David Kirk, chief scientist at NVIDIA. ?Schools receiving this accreditation integrate the CUDA software environment into their curriculum to help their students harness the capabilities of these new parallel processing architectures. As one of the country?s leading schools in this field, I am personally delighted to appoint UIUC as our first CUDA Center of Excellence.?
The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at UIUC was one of the first research groups to leverage the parallel architecture of the GPU to accelerate their research in the field of computational biophysics. They have successfully accelerated NAMD/VMD ? a popular parallel molecular dynamics application that analyzes large biomolecular systems. It is hoped that this donation will aid this group, and others at the university, to further their work and speed them down the path to great discovery.