About the GPU COE at Tokyo Institute of Technology 
Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), one of the world’s premiere universities in science and engineering, was awarded Japan’s first NVIDIA GPU Center of Excellence status in 2009, for its innovative research and education in GPU Computing at the forefront of HPC.  Since 2008 it has included GPU Computing and the CUDA programming model in its various curriculums, e.g. the Global COE CompView program, which aims to educate the next generation Ph.D. students with computing centric view of the world’s phenomena.  In November 2008, Tokyo Tech GSIC was the first supercomputing center in the world to achieve a Top 500 ranking with GPUs, as well as provide production-level GPU services on its TSUBAME 1.2 supercomputer, to its nearly 2000-person user base. TSUBAME1.2 was the result of the upgrade to the original TSUBAME supercomputer with170 NVIDIA Tesla S1070 GPU computing systems, or 680 Tesla GPUs in total.  The GPU COE at Tokyo Tech will continue to play a key role in research and education in TSUBAME 2.0, which will be begin operation in November 2010 and to become one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, being equipped with more than 4,000 of the latest Fermi-based Tesla GPUs.

About GSIC
The Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC) is regarded as one of Japan’s leading supercomputing center, providing students and researchers at Tokyo Tech withstate-of-the-art supercomputing resources, along with serving as one of the nine Japanese national university computing centers for academia/research/industry users nationwide, and being one of the top research centers in HPC. GPU computinghas been one of its major focuses, involving not only extensive research for the past several years, but also proactive fostering of the community, such as hosting varioustutorials and lectures on GPUs. One of the recent achievements is the establishment ofthe GPU Computing Study Group, a GSIC-drivenorganization dedicated to education and knowledge dissemination on GPU computing. The membership isopen to anyonewith interest in GPU computing, irrespective of their affiliation,and currently embodies more than 500members from a wide variety of academic/research/industrial organizations and disciplines.The monthly hands-on tutorial with 100-person capacity usually “sells out” in a week. More information can be found on this web page.

About the PI

Satoshi Matsuoka received his Ph. D. from the University of Tokyo in 1993. He became a full Professor at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC) of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech / Titech) in April 2001, leading the Research Infrastructure Division.

He hadpioneered grid computing research in Japan the mid 90s along with his collaborators, and served as sub-leader of the Japanese National Research Grid Initiative (NAREGI) project, that aimedto create middleware for the next-generation CyberScience Infrastructurein Japan. He was also the technical leader in the construction of the TSUBAME supercomputer, which has become the fast supercomputer in Asia-Pacific in the June 2006 Top 500 list (7th in the world) and continued its reign for 3 consecutive lists. He also leads the development of TSUBAME2, as well as publishing a number of papers on advanced GPU computing.

He has been (co-) program and general chairs of several international conferences including ACM OOPSLA'2002, IEEE CCGrid 2003, HPCAsia 2004, Grid 2006, CCGrid 2006/2007/2008, as well as countless program committee positions. In particular, he has served and continued to serve many key roles inACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference (SC) duties including serving as the network/gridarea chair for SC2004andSC2008, thetechnical papers chair for SC2009, and the communities program chair for SC2011, and is serving a four-year term as its steering group member. Healsoserved as a Steering Group member and an Area Director of the Global Grid Forum during 1999-2005, and now serves as an organizing member of IESP, an international group of leaders planning to implement software for upcoming exascale machines..

He has won several awards including the Sakai award for research excellence from the Information Processing Society of Japan in 1999, several services award from international societies such as the ACM, and received the JSPS Prize from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science in 2006 from his Royal Highness Prince Akishinomiya.

Co-PIs: ProfessorsTakayuki Aoki and Yutaka Akiyama