The CUDA Center of Excellence (CCOE) program recognizes, rewards, and fosters collaboration with institutions at the forefront of massively parallel computing research. CCOEs have demonstrated a unique vision for improving the technology and application of parallel computing. Through the CCOEs NVIDIA intends to:

  • Train the next generation of computer scientists and computational researchers to leverage the power of parallel computing to accelerate research and discoveries.
  • Enable and empower academic researchers to do world-changing research and discovery by dramatically increasing access to NVIDIA parallel computing platfrom and resident parallel computing expertise.
  • Establish research, educational, and recruiting relationships with the foremost academic institutions in the world.

The CCOE program is an invitation-only program. Institutions whose primary goals include research, education and outreach as well as those having a current collaboration with NVIDIA may be invited to submit a proposal for consideration.

Invited institutions must satisfy three minimal requirements across multiple disciplines:

  • Teach: Offer multiple courses on a recurring basis that introduce students to CUDA C/C++.
  • Publish: Demonstrate promising research results and generate academic papers and publication involving CUDA platform with GPUs in at least 3 separate research laboratories or projects.
  • Outreach: Proactively outreach support  and influence students, researchers, thought leaders in academia, government and industry to learn and adopt parallel computing, the introduction of CUDA within their region and influence.

Each CCOE award is tailored specifically for the institution and based on a variety of factors.  The duration is intended for up to three years, subject to approval of annual reports. Renewal each year is at the sole discretion of NVIDIA. CCOEs are renewable beyond the three-year duration upon invitation.

The CCOE program is an exclusive and limited program. Most research institutions should consider applying to the CUDA Research Center program. University faculty who are not yet teaching or plan to teach CUDA C/C++ should consider applying to the CUDA Teaching Center program.

See our current list of  WorldWide CUDA Centers of Excellence.

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CCOE Achievement Awards

CUDA Centers of Excellence (CCOEs) include some of the world's top universities engaged in cutting-edge work with CUDA and GPU computing. To highlight and reward the excellent research taking place, each of the world's CCOEs are asked to submit an abstract describing their top achievement in GPU computing over the past year. A panel of NVIDIA experts select four CCOEs to present their achievements at a special event during GTC. CCOE peers at the event then vote for their favorite presentation and research. The results of the past CCOE Achievement Awards are below: