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NVIDIA-led team gets $25 mn deal from DARPA

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NEW DELHI, INDIA: A team led by NVIDIA has been awarded a research grant of $25 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Defense Department’s research and development arm, to address what the agency calls a 'crisis in computing.'

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The four-year research contract, awarded under DARPA’s Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC) program, covers work to develop GPU technologies required to build the new class of exascale supercomputers which will be 1,000-times more powerful than today’s fastest supercomputers, said a press release.

The team - which also includes Cray Inc., Oak Ridge National Laboratory and six top U.S. Universities - is being funded by DARPA to address the challenge that conventional computing architectures are reaching the practical limits of energy usage and will not meet the challenges of exascale computing.

The research team plans to develop new software and hardware technology to dramatically increase computing performance, programmability and reliability.

“This recognizes NVIDIA’s substantial investments in the field of parallel processing and highlights GPU Computing’s position as one of the most promising paths to exascale computing,” said Bill Dally, NVIDIA’s chief scientist and senior vice president of research, and the team’s principal investigator.

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