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04-06-11, 02:00 PM
Andrew ‚??Shep‚?? Sheppard recently blogged about a spate of new Meetups (http://blogs.nvidia.com/2011/02/gpu-meetup-in-the-big-apple/) cropping up for GPU computing enthusiasts. Since Shep‚??s post in February, more GPU themed Meetups have launched and many new members have joined. The New York (http://www.meetup.com/HPC-GPU-Supercomputing-Group-of-New-York) and Silicon Valley (http://www.meetup.com/HPC-GPU-Supercomputing-Group-of-Silicon-Valley/) groups each have grown from zero to over 100 members in about 10 weeks.

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On Monday night, I attended the Silicon Valley GPU Meetup at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley (http://www.meetup.com/HPC-GPU-Supercomputing-Group-of-Silicon-Valley/events/16670216/), located at the NASA Ames Research Center right next to Moffett Field‚??s Hangar One. ¬*The meeting was run by group organizer Jike Chong, an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon and principal application architect at Parasians, LLC.

Attendees came from a variety of professions ‚?? from math aficionados to database experts to a scientist studying the sun. One attendee had just flown in from Singapore and was subsequently awarded a CUDA t-shirt for ‚??longest distance traveled to attend.‚??

The two-hour meeting gave attendees an opportunity to discuss specific HPC and GPU-related topics like hardware, software, libraries, etc. in small groups, followed by showcase presentations.

Highlights of the evening included:

Application showcase: Jike Chong talked about his work on GPU-accelerated speech recognition, including a description of the challenges. Consider, for example, the nuances between the phrases: ‚??Recognize Speech‚?? and ‚??Wreck a Nice Beach‚?? and ‚??Reckon Eyes Peach.‚?? (Learn more:¬* http://files.meetup.com/1778543/2011_04_04_2_SpeechRecognition_on_GPU.pdf)

Infrastructure showcase: Tim Child spoke on the topic of ‚??Database Driven OpenCL Programming.‚?? Potential usage cases include 3D content management and DNA sequence matching. (Learn more: (http://files.meetup.com/1778543/2011_04_04_3_Database_Driven_OpenCL.pdf)http://files.meetup.com/1778543/2011_04_04_3_Database_Driven_OpenCL.pdf)

Application development: Paulius Micikevicius of NVIDIA gave an overview of Visual Profiler and described new features such as analysis windows and new counters for memory access. (Learn more: http://files.meetup.com/1778543/2011_04_04_4_Visual_Profiler.pdf) (http://files.meetup.com/1778543/2011_04_04_4_Visual_Profiler.pdf)

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These events are great ways to connect with locals with similar interest in HPC and GPU computing.¬* Maybe there‚??s a group in your area?

U.S.



HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of New York (http://www.meetup.com/HPC-GPU-Supercomputing-Group-of-New-York)
HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Silicon Valley (http://www.meetup.com/HPC-GPU-Supercomputing-Group-of-Silicon-Valley/)
HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Boston (http://www.meetup.com/HPC-GPU-Supercomputing-Group-of-Boston/)
HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Seattle (http://www.meetup.com/HPC-GPU-Supercomputing-Group-of-Seattle/)
HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Chicago (http://www.meetup.com/HPC-GPU-Supercomputing-Group-of-Chicago)
HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of New Mexico (http://www.meetup.com/HPC-GPU-Supercomputing-Group-of-New-Mexico/)

Australia



Brisbane GPU Users (http://www.meetup.com/Brisbane-GPU-Users/)
Sydney GPU Users (http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-GPU-Users/)
Perth GPU Users (http://www.meetup.com/Perth-GPU-Users/)

Asia



HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Tokyo (http://www.meetup.com/HPC-GPU-Supercomputing-Group-of-Tokyo/)



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