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Óbuda University Named an NVIDIA CUDA Teaching Center

BUDAPEST, Hungary—13/01/2015—Óbuda University today announced that it has been named a CUDA® Teaching Center by NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing.

The CUDA parallel programming model is an important element of the NVIDIA accelerated computing platform, the leading platform for accelerating data analytics and scientific computing. CUDA enables programmers to achieve dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of NVIDIA® GPU accelerators.

CUDA Teaching Centers are recognized institutions that have integrated GPU-accelerated computing techniques into their mainstream computer programming curriculum, and Óbuda University was recognized for its commitment to advancing the state of parallel programming education.

Óbuda University’s John von Neumann Faculty of Informatics has taught the CUDA parallel programming model in the BSc degree programme since 2008, and along the years these techniques have appeared in various subjects. The syllabus of the main subject in this area (“Programming Massively Parallel Processors”) started the semester with CUDA programming and then it continued with OpenCL. This subject was later replaced with a new one (“Data Parallel Programming”), which is entirely based on the CUDA programming model. In addition to these, there are subjects in the faculty that partially deal with the programming possibilities of the NVIDIA GPU accelerators (e.g. “Computer Architectures I-III” or other subjects dealing with parallel programming techniques).

GPU-based research and development was started in the university at the end of 2008 under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Dezső Sima; primarily related to their usage in financial applications (analysis of option pricing methods, solving quartic equation using Ferrari method). This was later followed by several other R&D projects where graphical accelerators were used; out of those the most noteworthy are the medical image processing projects (segmentation of H&E stained colon tissue images).

“The support of NVIDIA allows our university to continue the education of the CUDA programming model in our faculty, which we pioneered as the first university in Hungary to teach CUDA, and it will also help us to incorporate this technology into new subjects,” said Dr. András Molnár, the dean of John von Neumann Faculty of Informatics. He emphasized that, “it can also help us in the development of applications that have high computational needs, which will deepen the research based on this area; and that will eventually increase the research performance of the university.”

As a CUDA Teaching Center, the faculty can now introduce a new lesson in addition to the existing four that are based on the CUDA parallel programming model. For the students of the doctoral school, the “Data Parallel Programming” subject will be available in Hungarian and English. Also, several new teachers and research fellows can join parallel programming work that is being done by one professor and four assistant professors who are currently doing research in this area.

The GPU accelerators that were provided by NVIDIA will open the possibility to introduce the latest technologies to students, and also make possible to perform the measurements and calculations during the research. As a CUDA Teaching Center, Óbuda University will have access to NVIDIA GPU hardware and NVIDIA parallel programming experts and resources, including educational webinars, an array of teaching materials, and access to the NVIDIA CUDA Cloud Training Program.

It is a further goal of the university to open the CUDA Teaching Center to independent companies and individuals in addition to students and teachers. Starting in2015, the professionals of the CUDA Teaching Center will hold courses for those who are interested in programming GPU accelerators. The future applicants can request further information about the detailed syllabus and the launch dates of these courses via the contact address below.

About Óbuda University
Founded in 2010, but with roots in the higher education of computer engineering dating back to as far as 1970, Óbuda University is currently the second biggest technical university in Hungary. The university offers 14 bachelor-level and 9 master-level degree programs, and it has altogether more than 12,000 students. There are three doctoral schools to provide education for the future educators and research personnel. Also, the teachers of the university participate in several research projects.

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