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 :).

9 comments:

  1. Congratulations to you and the rest of your team. :) Good luck in the SRC.

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  2. Congrats guys & keep up the good work, You can do better!

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  3. Congratulations Ahmed and the rest of the team, Nice work, really nice :)
    keep it up and from a success to a bigger success yarb ^_^

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  4. Congrats Saeed and your great team
    ya mesharafina fil dowal el motakadema :D

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  5. congratulations saeed and the rest of your team keep it up ya man

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  6. congrats Ahmed! yes.. you can :)
    also good issue, but I think some people paying the extra money just for the academic reputation not for the sake of a student. The education is all the same, it's only the name that changes.. both universities, regardless public or private, offer education and the rest is really dependant on the student to accomplish, the most important is what you get out from it not the educational level.. that's what I personally think!

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  7. @everyone Thx guys :)
    @Asmaa Well I disagree in our work whether it was here at Alexandria University or at Nile University if we got more fund to get better tools, better methods of testing or even cover the conference fees. Having that would have helped a lot either with the quality of the work or with our state of mind while working giving us more time focusing on the work instead of worrying about another million things. By the way having a 600$ SDK prevented us from doing joint work with NVIDIA

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  8. maybe!!!
    but with RFP's I think it was the best way if you decided to go, sometimes it's unavoidable! The public funding of research and development in Egypt (approx. budget 13.8 Million Euro) in year 2007 according to ERAWATCH. If you're interested in that check this out
    http://cordis.europa.eu/erawatch/index.cfm?fuseaction=ri.content&topicID=329&parentID=50&countryCode=EG

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  9. 6ab w rabena enta raye2, mesh katar 7'erhom!
    ya bni enta lesa fe masr "om el donia" :D

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