About the GPU COE at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was named NVIDIA’s first GPU Center of Excellence in 2008.  UIUC was granted a GPU COE based on their development of parallel computing facilities and its world-class research programs.  UIUC is one of the country’s leading schools and among the first to integrate the CUDA software environment into their curriculum. UIUC Prof. Wen-mei Hwu and NVIDIA Chief Scientist Dr. David Kirk co-developed ”Programming Massively Parallel Processors” and first co-taught it in spring 2007 for advanced students.  The course was recast for a seminal textbook, “Programming Massively Parallel Processors:  A Hands-on Approach,” co-authored by Dr. Kirk and Prof. Hwu, and published in January 2010.

The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at UIUC, one of the active participants of the GPU COE, was one of the world’s first research groups to leverage the parallel architecture of the GPU to accelerate their research in the field of computational biophysics. They have successfully accelerated NAMD/VMD, a popular parallel molecular dynamics application that analyzes large biomolecular systems.

About the Coordinated Science Laboratory
The UIUC GPU COE is hosted by the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois, one of the nation's premier multidisciplinary research laboratories focusing on information technology at the crossroads of computing, control and communications. Created by NASA nearly 60 years ago, the Coordinated Science Laboratory continues to transform society by developing and deploying new technologies in areas such as defense, medicine, environmental sciences, robotics, and life-enhancement for the disabled and aeronautics. For more information, visit Coordinated Science Lab.

About the PI
Wen-mei W. Hwu is the Walter J. ("Jerry") Sanders III-Advanced Micro Devices Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Coordinated Science Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Hwu served as the chairman of the Computer Engineering Program at the University of Illinois. Dr. Hwu received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

His research interests are in the areas of architecture, implementation, and software for high-performance computer systems. He is the director of the OpenIMPACT project, which has delivered new compiler and computer architecture technologies to the computer industry since 1987. He also serves as the leader of the Programming Concurrent Systems Theme of the SCR/SIA/DARPA Gigascale Systems Research Center (GSRC).

For his contributions in the areas of compiler optimization and computer architecture, he received the 1993 Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award, the 1994 Xerox Award for Faculty Research, the 1994 University Scholar Award of the University of Illinois, the 1997 Eta Kappa Nu Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award, the 1998 ACM SigArch Maurice Wilkes Award, the 1999 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the 2001 Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award, the 2002 Computer World Honors Archive Medal, nominated by Hewlett-Packard, the 2006 International Symposium on Computer Architecture Most Influential Paper Award for 1991, and the 2009 IEEE IPDPS Charles Babbage Award. He is a fellow of IEEE and ACM.