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Supercomputing Leader, NVIDIA CTO Steve Oberlin to give NCSA 30th Anniversary Featured Lectures

Steve Oberlin, chief technology officer for accelerated computing at NVIDIA, will give two NCSA 30th Anniversary Featured Lectures on May 26. The morning talk is tailored for NCSA staff, Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering students and faculty. The second talk is open to the public.

Accelerating science, technology, and cognition: GPUs and the rise of accelerated computing

NCSA Auditorium
1205 W. Clark Street, Urbana
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

In his first lecture, Oberlin will discuss supercomputing from a historical perspective. Oberlin will review the roots and parallel architecture of GPUs in general and explore the unique attributes that deliver such large gains on parallel workloads, describe the latest P100 GPU and its major advances over prior GPUs and alternatives, tour the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform, and sample some dramatic examples of GPU application acceleration. The talk is open to the public and free, no RSVP needed.

It’s only 1,000 PetaFLOPS: The evolution of supercomputing from the Cray-1 to exascale in really big steps

U of I Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana
Reception: 4:30 p.m.; Talk: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

In his public address, Oberlin will summarize the path of supercomputing architectures and technologies from the earliest supercomputers to today’s immense clusters, discuss the implications for programmability, algorithms, and applications as key advances changed the system landscape, and preview future technology advances and implications as we assault exascale performance levels.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 4:30 p.m. Guests can also explore NCSA’s 30th Anniversary exhibit on display at Spurlock Museum through July 31, 2016.

The event is open to the public and free, but please RSVP by May 24.

About Steve Oberlin/NVIDIA

NVIDIA’s work is at the center of some of the most consequential mega-trends in technology, including virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and self-driving cars. For more than two decades, NVIDIA has pioneered visual computing, the art of the science of computer graphics. They offer specialized platforms for gaming, professional visualization, data center and automotive markets.

Oberlin’s 35-year large scale computing technology career began while working as a designer and engineer on the Cray-2 and Cray-3 supercomputers. Oberlin left Cray/SGI to found Unlimited Scale, Inc., in July, 2000 and he spent 13 years creating new cloud computing technologies. He is now at NVIDIA and is responsible for the Tesla roadmap and architecture.

About NCSA’s 30th Anniversary

The future started here when NCSA opened its doors 30 years ago to provide American researchers access to academic supercomputing. And we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary all year!

NCSA will host a series of talks and colloquia, a museum exhibit at the University of Illinois’ Spurlock Museum, open houses, staff events and other celebratory gatherings to spotlight the achievements and milestones of the country’s preeminent academic supercomputing center.

Please visit for updates as we announce events and important dates throughout the year, in addition to our social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Spurlock Museum

With approximately 45,000 objects in its artifact collection, the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign celebrates our shared humanity by collecting, preserving, documenting, exhibiting, and studying objects of cultural heritage. The Museum is a resource for scholars, students, and the public at large. Through its collections and educational programs, the Museum helps interpret the diversity of cultures through time and across the globe. Nine feature exhibits represent peoples of the following cultures and geographic areas of the world: Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, and Africa; Ancient Greece and Rome; East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania; Europe; and American Indian Cultures of North and South America.

Kristin Williamson
Assistant Director, Public Affairs

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