Report from the GTC: Tuesday, April 5
Staff Writer By: Ricky Grove (gToon)
The GPU Technology Conference (GTC), sponsored and organized by NVIDIA, is now in it's 8th year. The conference is technology-focused with an emphasis on our graphics processing is both driving computer innovation and solving computer-related problems at the same time.
This year, the GTC is primarily focused on three areas of GPU technology:autonomous cars, deep learning and virtual reality (VR). All three areas have been intensely developed by NVIDIA and other companies, but have only recently become a part of public conversation and media coverage, thus heightening the popularity and importance of this year's conference.
Tuesday, April 5
Two hours later 5,000 (double the amount of only a few years ago) left the vent jazzed and inspired by Mr Huang's impressive announcements and insightful comments about the most important issues in graphics processing: Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence. One begins to see why this powerful man is the head of one of the most important tech companies in the world: he's strong, decisive, intelligent and willing to take risks.
In short, the Keynote address was wonderful and, in my opinion, is the real center of gravity for the GTC conference. After Mr. Huang's announcements, the rest of the convention is a form of response to the ideas represented in the Keynote.
Keynote Address by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang
The theme behind these announcements, if you haven't guessed, is that NVIDIA is "all in" to support Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence. The reason being that both technologies demand massive graphics processing for which NVIDIA is a leader and innovator. NVIDIA is playing a long game and I think it's brilliant.
Sessions and the Exhibit Hall
The rest of the afternoon was spent at the Lenovo booth going over their newest technology like the three VR-Ready, NVIDIA-certified computers, the P910, P710, and P510. Expensive, but amazingly powerful (and beautifully designed). Lots more interesting tech at the booth, but I'll cover it in a future article. For now, check the main Lenovo site for more details.
While at the Lenovo booth, I met up with Jimmu Giliberti of Worldviz, a company showing it's VR applications on Lenovo hardware. I didn't get a chance to demo them yet, but tomorrow will be my big VR day. I was impressed with the ideas coming from Worldviz and look forward to learning more.
I meet up with the NVIDIA team to talk about what Renderosity and Renderosity Magazine can do to bring more NVIDIA news, reviews and articles in the future.