Guest Speaker: Nicholas Wilt, Amazon, author of The CUDA Handbook

  • Sep 9, 2013 · 6:15 PM
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We are delighted to welcome Nicholas Wilt, Amazon, as our guest speaker on Monday, Sept. 9. At Amazon, Nicholas works on cloud computing technologies related to GPUs. He previously worked at NVIDIA and Microsoft. Nicholas' new book, The CUDA Handbook, was published this summer by Pearson.

His interactive talk at the Meetup will cover three sections:

1) N-body (source code, performance comparison)

2) Amazon EC2 (real-time demo)

3) "Ask Me Anything!"


With refreshments sponsored by PathScale


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Book Description:

"The CUDA Handbook begins where CUDA by Example (Addison-Wesley, 2011) leaves off, discussing CUDA hardware and software in greater detail and covering both CUDA 5.0 and Kepler. Every CUDA developer, from the casual to the most sophisticated, will find something here of interest and immediate usefulness.

The accompanying open source code–more than 25,000 lines of it, freely available at–is specifically intended to be reused and repurposed by developers."

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Nicholas Wilt has been programming professionally for over 25 years in a variety of areas, including industrial machine vision, graphics, and low-level multimedia software.

While at Microsoft, he served as the development lead for Direct3D 5.0 and 6.0, built the prototype for the Windows Desktop Manager, and did early GPU computing work.

At NVIDIA, he worked on CUDA from its inception, designing and often implementing most of CUDA's low-level abstractions.

Now at Amazon, Mr. Wilt is working on cloud computing technologies relating to GPUs.

Publications include: CUDA Handbook, 2013; Classical Algorithms in C++, 1995; Object-Oriented Ray Tracing in C++, 1993.

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  • Andre

    Thanks Jike and Nicholas for the event! I liked optimization tips with code snippets a lot. Here is a link to Friday and Tuesday talks on Quantum Computing and Machine Learning that a few people have already used:

    September 12, 2013

  • Nicholas W.

    Hey everyone, thanks for hosting me. It was a great meeting and I appreciate the opportunity to present and especially the ensuing discussion! Hope to see you again next time I am in the Bay Area.

    Nicholas Wilt

    September 11, 2013

  • Mike B.

    As usual diversity in the relevant trends of industry development, outlook, thought and issues of software development community, some hardware, thought the speaker was excellent on topic, insight into aspects and with audience cultivating interactive dialogue that's another example of really informative.

    September 10, 2013

  • Joshua M.

    Many thanks to the speaker (Nicholas Wilt), who barely could go over his slides and that allowed for such an interactive meetup. I am not sure if he achieved his own goals ;)

    September 10, 2013

  • Calisa

    Loved all the interaction. Should do more of these "Ask Me Anything" formats.

    September 10, 2013

  • Robert P.

    I'll have to skip tonight I forgot the Metrics Meetup is tonight

    September 9, 2013

  • Milt C.

    Is there any room available tonight for people on the wait list?

    September 9, 2013

    • Shailendra S.

      I will not be able to make it. :( ..So, there should be 2 seats available.

      September 9, 2013

    • Milt C.

      Great, thank you.

      September 9, 2013

  • Huzefa S.

    At what time its going to end?? I need to make arrangements for my return back to San Jose..

    September 6, 2013

  • Ashika

    I am new to this ....but i guess its going to be exciting

    September 3, 2013

  • Calisa

    Looking forward to this :)

    August 28, 2013

  • Nicholas W.

    I need to be in the Bay Area the week of September 9 and would like to know if this group would be interested in a presentation based on The CUDA Handbook. I can sign books afterward. Let me know!

    August 7, 2013

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