GTC hits new highs

The GPU Technology Conference (GTC) has hit new highs with a record of more than 8,000 participants, and filling the entire San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

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GTC draws the big guns!

As a sign of its coming of age, the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) held annually in San Jose, California since 2009, is no longer a niche event but one that is drawing the who’s who of the technology industry.

NVIDIA’s shift of focus from being a visual computing company to an AI company has certainly played a big part in the expansion of the conference. It has attracted around 50 sponsors and 150 exhibitors on top of more than 7,000 participants.

However, it’s not the number of sponsors and exhibitors but rather the quality that is worthy of attention. The line-up of technology firms includes luminaries such as Adobe, Alibaba, Amazon, Autodesk, Cisco, Cray, Dell EMC, DreamWorks Animation, IBM Watson, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics, Verizon Labs, VMware, and Yahoo Research.

With AI being such a prime mover of autonomous vehicles, it is also not surprising that leading names in the automotive industry were also present — BMW Group, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda Research Institute, and Mercedes-Benz R&D North America.

Amid the various booths showcasing VR technologies was one by NASA Ames Research Center, which showed a VR demonstration on Mars.

Toyota cruises with NVIDIA Drive PX2

Prime mover powered by NVIDIA Drive PX2.

Toyota, one of the world’s largest automakers and renowned for its high standards and priority on safety, has picked NVIDIA Drive PX for its autonomous vehicles. It will use the AI car computer platform to power advanced autonomous driving systems planned for market introduction within the next few years

Engineering teams from the two companies are already developing sophisticated software that will enhance the capabilities of Toyota vehicles, enabling them to better understand the massive volume of data generated by sensors on the car, and to handle the broad spectrum of autonomous driving situations.

“Toyota has worked on autonomous driving technologies for over 20 years with the aim of reducing traffic fatalities to zero as an ultimate goal, achieving smoother traffic, and providing mobility for all. Through this collaboration, we intend to accelerate the development of autonomous driving systems that are even more safe and capable,” said Ken Koibuchi, Executive General Manager of Toyota.

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Finally, the Big Bang for AI!

I am AI opening video at GTC 2017 keynote.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is not new. In fact, it has so many false starts over the past 60 years. The term went into hibernation for a long time.

Research into AI began way back in Dartmouth College in 1956 and was constantly associated with being the next frontier in the 1980s when mainframe computers ruled and supercomputers were a ginormous investment that very few could afford.

Despite the research put in over the years, the technology never quite took off and fell flat in many instances.

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The making of GTC

By Edward Lim

I am attending the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose, California this week. It’s a massive conference with more than 7,000 participants from all around the world.

After decades of covering and attending conferences, I have noticed an evolution of sorts. Here are five things I’ve observed and really liked about this GTC.

  1. Rich content: Artificial intelligence is transforming our lives in many ways such as robotics, intelligent video analytics and driverless cars.  IDC has reported that 80 percent of all applications will be using AI by 2020.
  2. Tons of experiential booths: The who’s who of technology featured virtual reality applications across multiple industries, not just gaming,
  3. Smoothness of registration process: All it took was under a minute for those who’ve pre-registered to enter their n
    ames on a notebook computer and the tag is printed immediately.
  4. Power points everywhere: This is not the Microsoft presentation software but plugs that help to charge devices. In today’s age, we’ve become dependent on our smartphones, notebook computers and other battery-powered devices — all of which require power. Having the power points available across the facilities is an excellent and thoughtful move. And having points that incorporate USB slots and LAN connections? Wow!
  5. Candies, candies, candies: Admit it. There are times that we’ve yielded to the sleeping spirit while at conferences, especially after meals. Having a candy bar helps to provide the energy boost to keep participants awake.

With all these pluses, there is one area of improvement. There were many driverless cars on display. If only we can get to go for a ride in one.

Anyway, kudos to NVIDIA and the event organisers. I love GTC 2017!

GTC to kick off tomorrow with live webcast of keynotes

GTC 2016News of an impending new NVIDIA GeForce graphics card based on next generation Pascal technology have been circulating wildly over the past few weeks.

And many are waiting with great anticipation of confirmation by NVIDIA co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at his keynote address at GPU Technology Conference (GTC) tomorrow (April 6, 2 to 3 am Singapore time).

For those unable to be at GTC in San Jose, NVIDIA is webcasting live on the NVIDIA blog the keynote addresses:

  • April 6, 12 to 2am (Singapore): Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA co-founder and CEO
  • April 7, 2 to 3am (Singapore): Rob High, IBM Watson CTO
  • April 8, 2 to 3 am (Singapore): Gill Pratt, Toyota Research Institute CEO

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Iray VCA renamed NVIDIA VCA to reflect expanded support

NVIDIA VCAAt GPU Technology Conference in March, NVIDIA introduced Iray VCA (Visual Computing Appliance). Today, NVIDIA has renamed the appliance as NVIDIA VCA to reflect its expanded industry support for GPU rendering across multiple applications.

NVIDIA VCA dramatically accelerates ray tracing, enabling users to interact with computer models of such high visual fidelity that it can eliminate the need for 3D physical prototypes. In addition to native support of NVIDIA Iray, Chaos Group is supporting V-Ray RT on VCA for Autodesk 3ds Max, with Autodesk Maya, McNeel Rhino, and Trimble SketchUp for later in the year. Dassault Systemes 3DXCITE Bunkspeed support is also scheduled for later this year.

The scalable, network-attached GPU rendering appliance comes with eight high-end NVIDIA GPUs and is designed to do just one thing — provide designers and artists with the fastest and easiest way to create photorealistic images of their creations. It’s claimed to be so fast that designers can interact with their models or scenes in real-time rather than waiting minutes or even hours for rendered images to come back. This means that designers can study the play of light and reflection from their designs and catch flaws like glare on the interior windshield of a digital car model or see how the lobby of a proposed office building will look at different times of day.

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NVIDIA CEO to kick off GTC 2013

NVIDIAJen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA’s co-founder and chief executive officer, will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2013 GPU Technology Conference (GTC) on Tuesday, March 19, beginning at 9 am PT.

Huang will discuss the profound and growing impact of GPU technology – in gaming, science, industry, media and entertainment, manufacturing, design, and other fields.

A live video webcast of the address will be available at www.gputechconf.com.