April 19, 2010
Professor Franz Franchetti, Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, recently received an NVIDIA Professor Partnership grant to support GPU computing in the Spiral project. NVIDIA is the inventor of the graphics processing unit (GPU), and through the capabilities it has implemented with the CUDA parallel processing architecture, it has enabled these processors to be used for GPU computing in the high performance realm. The NVIDIA Professor Partnership fosters research into GPU computing. Professor Franchetti said that the project goal is to significantly "improve programmer productivity by automating the implementation of high-performance libraries and obtaining high performance [...] on current and future generation NVIDIA GPUs." In this project, the program generation and automatic performance tuning system Spiral will target GPUs, with the goal of automatically generating high quality numerical libraries for the G80, GT200 and Fermi generations of NVIDIA GPUs.
Results of this research project will be presented at the NVIDIA Research Summit. Professor Franchetti is very excited about this new project grant, as it provides an opportunity to impact a large group of GPU users by reducing human effort needed to exploit the full GPU performance.
Assistant Research Professor Franz Franchetti recently received an NVIDIA Professor Partnership grant to support GPU computing in the Spiral project