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Dr. Amitabh Varshney CUDA Center for Excellence Gift Fund

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) was awarded an NVIDIA GPU Center of Excellence in 2009.  UMD was selected for its pioneering use of GPU computing and the CUDA programming model across research and teaching efforts within multiple science and engineering departments.

The GPU COE at UMD is supporting several projects that make extensive use of GPUs such as DNA sequencing. There has been a dramatic increase in the volume of sequence data that can be analyzed, thanks to GPUs, and sequence alignment programs such as MUMmerGPU, a system developed by University of Maryland with the support of the National Institute of Health, have proven essential to this process. By structuring the required processing in parallel on a GPU, MUMmerGPU achieves more than a 10-fold speedup over a serial CPU version of the sequence alignment kernel.
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