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GPU Accelerated Database for Image Processing; Gaming and Supercomputing


General Discussion:

6:15-7:00pm: What’s new and first-time attendee intros

Main Program:

7:00-7:45pm: Using a GPU Accelerated Database for Image Processing (Tim Child, 3DMashUp)

7:55-8:30 pm: An Unlikely Symbiosis: How the Gaming and Supercomputing Industries are Learning From and Influencing Each Other (Sarah Tariq, NVIDIA)


Refreshments sponsored by Supermicro


Title: Using a GPU Accelerated Database for Image Processing


The talk will show how open source database can be extended with GPU programming languages (OpenCL and CUDA) to provide a shared, reliable, secure, multi-user, scalable, high performance image processing platform. The talk will describe the use of databases for storage and processing images. It will cover various aspects of images processing; File Format, CODEC, GPU support. For GPUs, it will explain how Image processing techniques can speeded up and optimized for GPUs.

Speaker Bio:

Mr Tim Child is the CEO of a Silicon Valley start-up that is focusing on using GPU accelerated databases for rich content management systems. He previously held Vice President of Engineering positions at Oracle Corporation, Informix Inc. and BEA Systems Inc.; where he led teams that developed advanced database, 3D graphics and web applications. This includes large database systems for the NASA EOSDIS project, Navteqs vehicle navigation systems and the Government of New Zealand LINZ (Land Information New Zealand) system. The author obtained a BSc in Materials Science from Imperial College, London. His interests include advanced database systems, parallel programing, 3D computer graphics, CAD systems, image processing and Web applications.


Title: Unlikely Symbiosis: How the Gaming and Supercomputing Industries are Learning From and Influencing Each Other


Over the last couple of decades video games have evolved from simple 2D sprite based animations to nearly realistic cinematic experiences. Today's games are able to do cloth, rigid body and fluid simulations, compute realistic shading and lighting, and apply complex post processing effects including motion blur and depth of field, all in less than a 60th of a second. The hardware powering these effects, the Graphics Processing Unit, has evolved over the last 15 years from simple fixed function triangle rasterizer to a highly programmable general purpose massively parallel processor with high memory bandwidth and high performance per watt. These characteristics make the GPU ideally suited for typical supercomputing tasks. GPUs have become widely adopted accelerators for high performance computing. the game industry has continued to push the increase in visual fidelity, many algorithms that were once only useful in the HPC world are becoming interesting for real-time use.

Speaker Bio:

Sarah Tariq is an engineer at NVIDIA Corporation.

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  • Vladimir S.

    My first GPU meetup too. Was nice to see you guys! Very interesting discussions. Vodka, bears, matreshka, borsch. Cheers from Russia!

    December 4, 2012

  • oleg k.

    It was my first GPU/HPC Meetup, and overall it exceeded my expectations. A great number of experienced smart people, which includes the two guest speakers.
    And a ++ to the host Jike Chong for creating a comfortable space for the attendees.

    December 3, 2012

    • Dimitar P.

      Fully agree. But is it just me or is the space a bit awkward for presentations? It's great for mingling, but it's a hallway not particularly suited for presentations.
      Wondering if alternatives exist.

      December 3, 2012

    • Calisa

      We could experiment and have it at NVIDIA in Santa Clara some time. We have a large room with AV, plus lots of parking.

      December 4, 2012

  • Joanne

    My first meeting in this group. Wow it is excellent! Would like to be involved more in this area and get hands dirty.

    December 4, 2012

  • Mohit G.

    Very goog talk

    December 4, 2012

  • Dennis H.

    Great topics for presentation and a fertile forum for exchange of information and ideas.

    December 4, 2012

  • Mike D.

    Excellent as always. Jike always provides an excellent environment and speakers.

    December 4, 2012

  • Vladimir S.


    December 4, 2012

  • Tim C.

    Here is a link to the slides from tonight's presentation



    December 3, 2012

  • Koushik

    I missed it. Can some one post video captured if any

    December 3, 2012

  • Serban G.

    Great speakers, interesting topics, and a highly knowledgable, diverse, and friendly crowd.

    December 3, 2012

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