I’ve been on a two week tour of Asia visiting customers, partners, and speaking at our GPU Technology Workshops in Taiwan and Singapore and the GPU Technology Conference in Tokyo. It has been great to see so many old and new customers. Some of the highlights.
At each of the shows, our Tegra-based Jetson TK1 development kit drew huge crowds. The Jetson board makes a great demo, plug in a camera and fire up the included NVIDIA Visionworks library and demo programs and you can instantly see the potential of the TK1’s 326 GFlops of compute power. In many countries NVIDIA enthusiasts seem to have snapped up all of our local distributor’s initial orders, but if you are lucky enough to have received a Jetson, a must-visit developer site is the elinux.org Jetson site. Customers have all sorts of ideas of clever things to do with Jetson, including this prototype below who’s owner allowed me to take a photograph as long as I didn’t reveal any additional details.
While not yet sporting the latest TK1 chip, we had a shiny red Audi A3 on display at the Tokyo show, complete with its NVIDIA Tegra powered infotainment system.
Sorry, the Audi-wrapped Tegra costs a bit more than the $192 (US) Jetson board.
Today we officially introduce the Asia instance of our TryGrid site. NVIDIA has been serving up 24 hour graphics accelerated GPU sessions from Cloud locations in the US and Europe for several months now, and the new Asia site brings the demonstration service to Asia users without trans-Pacific latencies. You can, however, connect to any of the TryGrid sites and compare the latencies. The live demo during my keynote today went off flawlessly, thanks Masaki! I keep having to remind people because it works so well, TryGrid is a demonstration tool only, we are not operating it as commercial service, you can’t buy TryGrid from NVIDIA, but many of our partners offer desktop as a service with GPU accelerated graphics powered by NVIDIA Grid technology.
Of course, High Performance Computing powered by NVIDIA Tegra GPUs continue to be a big focus of my work. It was great to catch up with John Taylor from Australia’s CSIRO who was a keynote speaker at the Singapore workshop. Also great to see Cristina Beldica from NCSA’s Blue Waters who highlighted the Singapore HPC session and talk about how Blue Waters’ scientists are scaling codes across 1000’s of GPUs.
Another day of customer meetings around Tokyo on Thursday and then home Friday. And to any of my co-workers from the states who may indulge in too much Japanese or other Asian food this weekend, John Taylor at CSIRO recommends this video.