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      Posted on 30/06/2008 at 21:01 by Nicolas
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    Logo NvidiaYesterday Nvidia announced that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was the first to receive the title of CUDA Center of Excellence. In addition, the company with the chameleon logo gave $500,000 to this institution for the development of facilities dedicated to parallel calculation and research programs.

    Nvidia’s Chief Scientist, the very academic David Kirk, specifies that schools which receive this accreditation integrate the CUDA environment in curriculum to help their students use the capabilities of the new parallel architecture. It’s interesting to observe that at the moment when the first milestones of GPGPU OpenCL language have finally been laid, Nvidia is not letting its guard down.

    We already know the success of the TWIMTBP (The Way It's Meant To Be Played) program and the significant influence which the creator of the GeForce has on a number of game developers but the business approach is a little different here. Rather it consists of training a large number of students in CUDA and once they have their degree they will probably tend to work with tools that they already know. This will guide employers that are interested in the GPGPU towards Nvidia solutions. We should add that this is a rather renowned and even prestigious university in IT and those who attended can hope to quickly have a minimum of decision making power in the hierarchy of the big companies which recruit them.

    In short, independent of the qualities of the latest ATI GPUs, AMD’s subsidiary will have to make sure it is not surpassed in a domain where performance/price is only one aspect amongst many others.

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