IIT-Guwahati conducted three-day workshop

October 4, 2014

The high-performance computing (HPC) group of IIT-Guwahati recently conducted a three-day workshop on graphic processing unit (GPU) programming and applications, 2014, on the campus. 

The workshop, jointly conducted with IIT-Bombay and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), was inaugurated by professors H P Khincha and S C Sahasrabudhe along with Sukumar Nandi. It was attended by more than 150 researchers, faculty members, students, industry partners from across the country. Hands-on experiments were performed by participants to understand the nitty-gritty of GPU programming. 

Vishal Bharat, an HPC expert, said high-performance clusters play an important role in the development of scientific solutions for new research and will help the northeast to maintain the development pace with the rest of the country. 

"The workshop is a great initiative towards making HPC adoption popular in the region. It will facilitate research of applications in engineering disciplines that employs HPC technologies," Bharat said. 

HPC group's mission at IIT-Guwahati was to carry out multi-disciplinary research in reconfigurable, parallel and distributed computing as a basis for a long-term partnership and collaboration among industry, academicians and government, focus on research in advanced computer architectures, algorithms, networks and systems, both theoretical and applied, to carry out state-of-the-art research and development with collaborators with maximized synergy and pooled, leveraged resources. 

Gaurav Trivedi, assistant professor of the electronic and electrical department at IIT-Guwahati, said, "HPC can help solve real-life problems in a reasonable time which can otherwise take years. In floods and seismic predictions, weather forecasting, oil exploration and live video analysis, use of HPC can be extremely beneficial for the people of the region. It will enable us to train skilled manpower to develop know-how for computationally intensive real life problems." 

PSV Nararaj and S Gopalkrishanan, faculty members of IIT-Bombay, delivered the keynote speech in the workshop. Tomas Shejbal and Michal Mandlik from the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, presented a talk on multi-target tracking using multi-static radar using GPU. 

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