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Owens Participates in $2M DARPA Research Project

Posted on: January 8, 2013

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded $2 million to SYSTAP LLC to develop an open source platform for accelerated and real-time analytics on GPU compute clusters. As part of this project, UC Davis professor John Owens will lead the development of an open-source, scalable, multi-node, out-of-core graph library on graphics processing units (GPUs).

An associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis, Owens earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995; and earned a Ph.D. in November 2002 from Stanford University. Owens works on broad topics in the field of computer systems, particularly ones that use innovative hardware and software working cohesively to solve significant engineering problems. Owens served as general chair for the High Performance Graphics conference in 2011 and as program chair and papers chair for multiple other conferences. From July to December 2012, Owens worked at Twitter during a sabbatical.

DARPA maintains the technological superiority of the U.S. military by bridging the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military use. Owens’ research group, complimenting DARPA’s intent to develop analytics of GPU clusters, pursues problems in both GPU fundamentals (data structures, algorithms, and multi-GPU computing) and applications (including computer vision, GPU-based embedded systems, real-time and offline graphics, medical imaging, speech recognition, protein folding, computational fluid dynamics, and visualization).

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