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University GPU Club: Tues 23 July 2013

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  • Software for GPUs inc. compiler/directives, maths libs & tools (debuggers and profilers)

We are proud to announce that MathWorks (producers of MATLAB) and NVIDIA (producers of GPUs and CUDA) are coming to The University of Manchester on Tuesday 23 July to give presentations on how their products can be used by UoM researchers to dramatically reduce the time to solution for their simulations.

Details are being confirmed, but the draft agenda is as below. Abstracts and speaker biographies will follow soon.

Presentations 10am - 1:30pm, Cordingley Lecture Theatre

Workshops 2pm-4pm, Hansoon Room

  • An opportunity to meet and discuss with Mathworks and NVIDIA about your research and how they can help.

Registration will be required (form to follow) for either event.

Both buildings are in Humanities Bridgeford Street.

Abstracts and Speaker Biographies

MATLAB: The challenges involved in providing a high-level language on a GPU

MATLAB provides a high-level programming language and environment that is widely used for scientific computing across academia and various industries. GPUs provide fantastic computational power in a small package for certain classes of problem. Bringing these two together allows MATLAB programmers to solve bigger problems faster, but presents a number of technical challenges.

In this talk we will look at the ways in which we have tried to provide access to the power of the GPU without requiring the user to learn new programming techniques or breaking the standard MATLAB programming model. This presents several challenges: in defining a simple interface, in reproducing answers and in keeping the GPU busy. We will discuss some of these challenges and the ways in which we have chosen to address them.

Jos Martin is the principal architect for parallel computing tools at MathWorks, leading the team that develops tools for enabling parallel computing within the MATLAB environment. Before moving to a development role, he worked as a consultant in the U.K., writing large-scale MATLAB applications, particularly in the finance and automotive sectors. Prior to joining MathWorks in 2000, he held a Royal Society Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His area of research was Experimental Bose-Einstein Condensation (BEC), a branch of low-temperature atomic physics.

Jos holds an M.A. in physics from St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford, and a D.Phil. in atomic and laser physics from Linacre College, University of Oxford. In 2008, on behalf of MathWorks, Jos was a joint winner of the HPC Challenge Class 2 award for Most Productive Implementation at Supercomputing 08.

GPU Club Meetings

Previous Meetings

  • Tues 26 Nov 2013: 2-3pm, B8 George Begg. Christian Obrecht on GPU implementations of fluid dynamics simulations on regular meshes: some recent advances

  • Weds 13 Nov: 2pm, Univ Place. John Michalakes (NOAA) and Craig Davies (Maxeler Dataflow)

  • Weds 30 Oct: Intermediate CUDA training run by NVIDIA

  • Tues 29 Oct: 2pm, Univ Place, NVIDIA and Stephen Longshaw.

  • Weds 2 Oct 2013 - Large Scale Optimization and High Performance Computing for Asset Management, Daniel Egloff (QuantAlea)

  • Tuesday 23 July MathWorks (GPUs for MATLAB) and NVIDIA (GPUs & CUDA)

  • Thur 2 May 2013 Lessons from GTC and on using the Intel Xeon Phi

  • Mon 10 Dec 2012 Dataflow and MultiGPU SPH

  • Tues 25 Sept Seminar on implementing financial models on GPUs, FPGAs and in the Cloud

  • Mon 15 Oct: OpenCL training from UoM IT Services

  • Thurs 25 Oct: Hands-on "OpenACC" workshop run by Cray UK Ltd.

  • 17 May 2012 Speakers on healthcare policy simulation in OpenCL, MHD algorithms in CUDA, Tridiagonal Solvers in CUDA

  • 20 April 2012 Francois Bodin, CAPS: "Programming Heterogeneous Many-Cores using Directives" using HMPP

  • 23 March 2012 Roko Grubisic, ARM: "Embedded Computer Graphics and ARM Mali GPUs"

  • 02 March 2012 Speakers on profiling, sparse matrix algebra and atmospheric chemistry

  • 09 Dec 2011 MPI and GPUs, directives-based programming, FPGA and GPU comparison, ideas for 2012

  • 30 Sept 2011 GPU programming in FORTRAN, multiple GPUs, image reconstruction

  • 15 July 2011 Jack Dongarra key note on Emerging Technologies

  • 18 Mar 2011 OpenCL, debugging and profiling tools, porting C to CUDA, real time analysis

  • 26 Nov 2010 biological MD, smoothed particle hydrodynamics, Monte Carlo financial models, Markov models