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NVIDIA Names Harvard University A CUDA Center Of Excellence


Luciano Alibrandi
Director of Product PR - EMEAI

NVIDIA Names Harvard University A CUDA Center Of Excellence

Harvard Recognised as a CUDA Centre of Excellence for Its Pioneering Work Using GPU Computing

SANTA CLARA, CA — APRIL 2, 2009 — NVIDIA Corporation, inventor of the GPU, today announced that Harvard University has been recognised as a CUDA Centre of Excellence for its commitment to teaching GPU Computing and its integration of CUDA™-enabled GPUs for a host of science and engineering research projects. The honour complements a prior $2M grant the University received from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the development of GPU-enabled computational science.

CUDA is NVIDIA’s computing architecture that enables its GPUs to be programmed using industry standard programming languages, opening up their massive parallel processing power to a broad range of applications beyond graphics.

“With interest in the CUDA architecture spreading rapidly across the Harvard campus and the lively scientific landscape in Boston, there has never been a better time to announce this partnership,” said Hanspeter Pfister, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Director of Visual Computing at the Harvard Initiative in Innovative Computing. “This generous gift from NVIDIA will provide excellent learning opportunities for Harvard students, accelerate our research and expand the use of GPUs for computing in science and other advanced applications.”

Pfister, who is teaching a new course related to heterogeneous computing, added, “My course is designed to respond to the growing interest in GPU programming in the world of science. We look forward to taking advantage of the new teaching cluster and CUDA environment - these new assets will provide exciting opportunities for our students and the surrounding technical community.”

Harvard is already using GPUs to carry out research across fundamentally important areas such as decoding the intricate structure of the human brain (Connectome project), discovering the origins of the universe (MWA telescope project) and studying the quantum chemistry of molecules (Qchem project).

“Naming Harvard as a CUDA Centre of Excellence is a formal recognition of the strong academic collaboration between the University and NVIDIA,” said Bill Dally, chief scientist at NVIDIA. “Harvard will include the CUDA architecture in its curricular offerings. Researchers will use CUDA in projects at Harvard and in collaborative ventures with faculty at Boston University, to bring GPU computing to scientists and engineers throughout the Boston academic epicentre.”

Cambridge University in the UK was designated as Europe’s first CUDA Centre of Excellence in December 2008. To see Dr Graham Pullan, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Lecturer in Turbomachinery at Cambridge University, receiving the award, go to

For more information on NVIDIA and CUDA, visit and CUDA Zone at For more information about Harvard University and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences visit and

NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high-performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. NVIDIA serves the entertainment and consumer market with its GeForce® products, the professional design and visualization market with its Quadro® products, and the high-performance computing market with its Tesla™ products. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit

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