Upcoming Event:

Second in our series: Cheap Supercomputing: Oxymoron or New Reality.
Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008
6:00pm: Refreshments, Food, and Social Time
7:00pm: Technical Presentation
Place: Simularium Room at the University of California in Santa Cruz (Room 180, Engineering Bldg 2)
Follow directions and parking Information. There will be a two dollar fee for parking, but food is on us.
Please RSVP: email to siero@ee.com
Co-sponsored by Computer Society


AMD's Stream Computing Platform: From the Hardware to the Software


Dr. Justin Hensley, AMD Graphics Product Group


GPUs can do more than just graphics. Some compute-bound problems at the bleeding edge of technologies ranging from financial modeling to seismic simulation for oil exploration to the medical sciences are seeing 10x to 100x and beyond speedup from the same GPUs used to play your favorite PC game. This brief talk will give you an introduction to AMD's groundbreaking work in bringing GPUs into this new compute frontier.


Justin Hensley is member of technical staff in AMD’s Graphics Product Group Office of the CTO focusing on parallel programming using graphics processors. Since joining AMD, Justin has been involved with several projects including face recognition, depth extraction, game physics. Recently, he has been involved with driving the compute requirements, and the associated software stacks, of next generation graphics processors. Justin received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007. He also holds an M.S. Electrical Engineering and a B.S. with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Engineering from the University of California at Davis.


For directions to UCSC from different parts of the bay area, click here .

The Baskin Engineering Buildings are located in the northwest corner of UCSC, on "Science Hill." Once at UCSC proceed up Coolidge Drive following the main road onto McLaughlin Drive. as McLaughlin Drive ends, turn left onto Heller Drive, then left again into the multi-level "West Core Parking" Structure (the closest parking to Baskin Engineering).

The best parking choice is to buy a Core West night parking permits at the Main Entrance Kiosk (Bay & High) for $2. The kiosk is open until 7:00AM to 8:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. These permits will be valid for any Core West Parking space (except specially marked spaces).

For any additional details related to parking in Core West click here. You can also just feed a meter in the parking lot as an alternative. A complete UCSC campus map(.pdf) is available, as well as a map/web site which shows the location of the Jack Baskin Engineering Bldg and Engineering Bldg 2.

Once in the Parking lot, to get to the Simularium go to the streeet level (2nd) floor of the Parking Space, cross the street go past the Baskin Engineering Bldg 1 to Bldg 2, the Simularium is off the courtyard lying between Baskin (E1) and Engineering 2 (E2) buildings.