About the GPU Research Center at the Università degli Studi di Padova
The Università degli Studi di Padova was established in 1222 when a large group of students and professors left the Alma Mater University in Bologna in search of more academic freedom. Astronomy was among the first subjects already taught at the Universitas Artistarum (one of the two schools in Padua) as early as 1399, and in 1592 the chair of mathematics was assigned to Galileo Galilei who lectured on astronomy, cosmography and optics. Nowadays, astronomy means Big Data, calibrating and reducing huge amounts of data and sifting gigantic archives in search of hidden correlations and new phenomena. Advanced data reduction or modeling the behavior of celestial bodies can be performed in much less time leveraging multicore capabilities of GPUs, and CUDA has proved to be a reliable and effective tool to develop our code for a parallel environment. Future experiments in astronomy will further increase the need to access huge archives and process enormous amount of data and our CRC will be there, leading the astronomy into the age of parallel computing.
About the PI
Denis Bastieri learned computer programming in 1984, while on an exchange student program in Pittsburgh, PA. Since then he has developed control software for many different astroparticle physics detectors and, in parallel, videogames. He holds a PhD in Physics (astroparticle), he lectures on optics and electronics at the University of Padua and is the author of more than 160 research articles in physics or astrophysics. He leads in Padua the Large Area Telescope (LAT) team for the INFN, the National (=Italian) Institute of Nuclear Physics. The LAT is the main instrument onboard Fermi satellite, the highest profile mission of NASA's Structure and Evolution of the Universe research theme and the Department of Energy's non-accelerator research program.