Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Research Graduation Project Accepted in PACT 2010

I have been working throughout the past year on my graduation project. The main target of the project was accelerating a Numerical Weather Prediction model (the Weather Research and Forecasting model) using GPUs. We implemented the latest version of one of the modules and our implementation was published as part of the latest release of a system supported by the United States Air Force and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA).
After our thesis defense we decided to go on with this work and submit it as a research poster to a high ranking conference and we chose PACT. International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT) is a top tier, rank 1 conference. We submitted our work as a research poster for the ACM Student Research Competition in the Undergraduate Category (I have already particpated at an ACM SRC at MobiCom'09 last summer).
I was informed on 22nd of July 2010 that our work "Quantifying the Impact of GPU Specific Optimizations: An Experimental Study on a Weather Forecasting Application" was accepted and the judges' comments were great. This is yet another proof that Egyptian Public Universities, with no fund whatsoever, can produce high quality research on the undergraduate level.

Waiting for your comments :).