Updates From NVIDIA Asia

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.


About Marc Hamilton

Marc Hamilton – Vice President, Solutions Architecture and Engineering, NVIDIA. At NVIDIA, the Visual Computing Company, Marc leads the worldwide Solutions Architecture and Engineering team, responsible for working with NVIDIA’s customers and partners to deliver the world’s best end to end solutions for professional visualization and design, high performance computing, and big data analytics. Prior to NVIDIA, Marc worked in the Hyperscale Business Unit within HP’s Enterprise Group where he led the HPC team for the Americas region. Marc spent 16 years at Sun Microsystems in HPC and other sales and marketing executive management roles. Marc also worked at TRW developing HPC applications for the US aerospace and defense industry. He has published a number of technical articles and is the author of the book, “Software Development, Building Reliable Systems”. Marc holds a BS degree in Math and Computer Science from UCLA, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from USC, and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management program.
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4 Responses to Updates From NVIDIA Asia

  1. Goffredo Hrabi says:

    Hi Marc, just to let you know that it is impossible to obtain the Jetson Tegra TK1 development kit in Australia. I assume that sales to Australia are blocked by Nvidia, but I do not understand why that is, or if Nvidia has plans to allow the sale of this kit in Australia any time soon.Trying to contact Nvidia is hopeless. Regards GH

  2. Goffredo, I have checked with our Australia team. Jetson TK1 can be purchased in Australia from our distributor Xenon. They do not have it on their web site yet but if you call them you can place an order.

  3. Ah, even better, Xenon now has a web page up on Jetson, still need to call to order, but getting there.

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