NVIDIA Awards $50,000 Fellowships to Ph.D. Students for GPU Computing Research

Our NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program recently awarded up to $50,000 each to five Ph.D. students involved in GPU computing research.

Now in its 19th year, the fellowship program supports graduate students doing GPU-based work. We selected this year’s fellows from more than 300 applicants from a host of countries.

The fellows’ work puts them at the forefront of GPU computing, including projects in deep learning, graphics, high performance computing and autonomous machines.

“Our fellowship recipients are among the most talented graduate students in the world,” said NVIDIA Chief Scientist Bill Dally. “They’re working on some of the most important problems in computer science, and we’re delighted to support their research.”

The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program is open to applicants worldwide.

Our 2020-2021 fellows are:

  • Anqi Li, University of Washington — Bridging the gap between robotics research and applications by exploiting complementary tools from machine learning and control theory
  • Benedikt Bitterli, Dartmouth College — Principled forms of sample reuse that unlock more efficient ray-tracing techniques for offline and real-time rendering
  • Vinu Joseph, University of Utah — Optimizing deep neural networks for performance and scalability
  • Xueting Li, University of California, Merced — Self-supervised learning and relation learning between different visual elements
  • Yue Wang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Designing sensible deep learning modules that learn effective representations of 3D data

And our 2020-2021 finalists are:

  • Guandao Yang, Cornell University
  • Michael Lutter, Technical University of Darmstadt
  • Yuanming Hu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Yunzhu Li, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Zackory Erickson, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Update on MWC Barcelona

We’ve informed GSMA, the organizers of MWC Barcelona, that we won’t be sending our employees to this year’s event.

Given public health risks around the coronavirus, ensuring the safety of our colleagues, partners and customers is our highest concern.

MWC Barcelona is one of the world’s most important technology conferences. We’ve been looking forward to sharing our work in AI, 5G and vRAN with the industry. We regret not attending, but believe this is the right decision.

We’re grateful for GSMA’s leadership and continued efforts to ensure the safety of all attendees.

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Intel Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Financial Results

Intel Corporation’s fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 earnings news release and presentation are available on the company’s Investor Relations website. The earnings conference call for investors begins at 2 p.m. PT today; a public webcast will be available at www.intc.com.

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Intel Board of Directors Elects New Chairman and New Director

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From left: In January 2020, Andy Bryant transitioned from chairman of the Intel Corporation board of directors to a member of the board and executive advisor to the company, Dr. Omar Ishrak was named chairman of the board, and Alyssa Henry joined the board.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020 – Intel Corporation announced today that at the company’s Jan. 15 board meeting Andy D. Bryant stepped down as chairman and the board elected lead independent director Dr. Omar Ishrak to succeed Bryant as an independent chairman, effective immediately. Intel also announced that Alyssa Henry was elected to Intel’s board. Her election marks the seventh new independent director added to Intel’s board since the beginning of 2016.

Bryant will remain on the board through the end of Intel’s 2020 annual stockholders’ meeting. He had previously notified the board in March 2019 that he did not intend to stand for re-election at this year’s meeting. Bryant made the decision to leave the role now in order to facilitate an effective transition.

“I want to thank and congratulate Andy for over seven years’ service as chairman of the board,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “Andy has been a rudder for Intel during a time of change and transformation. He has led the board with integrity and always with Intel’s best interest in mind.”

“It has been my great honor to serve as Intel chairman, and I plan to retire from the board in May with great optimism about Intel’s future,” Bryant said. “I have full confidence in Omar leading the board, which is fortunate to have his expertise at leading an innovative, global company. In addition, Alyssa’s wealth of senior leadership, cloud computing and emerging technologies experience further strengthens Intel’s board.”

Henry, 49, has served as seller lead for Square Inc. — a provider of software, hardware and financial services for small businesses and individuals — since 2014. She oversees global engineering, product management, design, sales, marketing, partnerships and support for Square’s seller-facing software and financial services products. Prior to Square, she served in various positions with Amazon.com Inc. from 2006 to 2014, including as vice president of Amazon Web Services Storage Services, where she led services including Amazon S3, Amazon EBS and Amazon Lambda; and as Amazon’s director of software development for ordering, with responsibility for Amazon’s ordering workflow software and databases. Before Amazon, Henry spent 12 years at Microsoft Corp. working on databases and data access technologies in a variety of engineering, program management and product unit management roles. Henry started her career as a developer in the financial services industry. She has served as a member of the board of directors of Unity Technologies, a privately held company, since December 2018.

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Rise of the Snow Machines: AI Startup’s Robots Can Lay Waste to Snow

Florida native Terry Olkin, accustomed to warm weather, had a problem with his new home of Colorado: Snow blocked the driveway.

“I couldn’t get my car out of the driveway to get to work — I thought, ‘Why aren’t there robots yet to do this?’” Olkin said.

The moment led the busy entrepreneur and a colleague, Mike Ott, to start Left Hand Robotics for clearing snow with autonomous maintenance machines. Olkin and Ott — CEO and CTO, respectively, of the Longmont, Colo.-based company — also work together in a nonprofit that teaches robotics for school-age children.

Founded in 2016, Left Hand Robotics has been running pilot tests for the past year with customers such as the city of Longmont and Michigan State University.

The company recently scooped up $3.6 million in funding and began shipping its commercial machine, which clears snow and can trim grass. It’s also a member of the NVIDIA Inception program, which helps startups scale faster.

“NVIDIA Inception has allowed us to more easily access resources such as the Jetson and, most importantly, the community and NVIDIA engineers who can quickly answer questions and point us in the right direction when we come across an issue or need guidance,” said Olkin.

Tractor with a Vision

The Left Hand Robotics machine, dubbed RT-1000, has cameras, lidar and radar to help it see.

While radar and lidar help the machine detect people and objects for safety, the radar is there for seeing through snow to detect objects in the robot’s way.

Data from the robot’s six cameras, lidar and radar sensors are processed by the compact supercomputing power of the NVIDIA Jetson TX2 module.

The maintenance machines also run GPS capable of RTK, or real-time kinematics, which can provide mapping within a centimeter of accuracy.

Using the company’s path collection tool — it’s a device to collect coordinates on wheels —  customers can push it along to define the robot’s job path. That information gets compiled into a program and downloaded onto the robot for navigation at the time it’s ready to perform assigned tasks.

Shoveling In Interest

The city of Longmont this year deployed Left Hand Robotics machines in tests for clearing snow from sidewalks and greenways. The robot mowers have also been used there over the summer for mowing parks and softball fields.

Michigan State University has done testing in the winter on its golf course as well, as for using it to mow fields.

In Canada, customers who need to keep pathways cleared of snow are using it as well.

Left Hand Robotics sells the autonomous maintenance machines, and then customers pay an annual software subscription based on the level of support, features and usage.

“We’re just getting started here and getting customers ramping up. We’re the only robot out there that can do these kinds of multiple tasks,” said Olkin.

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NVIDIA to Host 10,000 AI Developers at GTC 2020 in Silicon Valley

NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference — the world’s premier AI event — returns to San Jose in March, bringing together leading developers, researchers and executives to share the latest advancements in AI, high performance computing and computer graphics across a broad range of industries.

More than 10,000 attendees from 70 countries are expected to attend the 11th annual GTC, taking place from March 22-26 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Over 250 companies — including AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft — will exhibit the latest technology for cloud and enterprise computing, as well as autonomous cars, robotics, professional graphics and gaming, embedded and edge AI applications and more.

NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang will deliver a keynote address on Monday, March 23.

In addition to 600 sessions and full-day NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute workshops, GTC 2020 includes a range of new initiatives. Among them: an AI art gallery displaying the work of renowned artists; an HPC Summit giving attendees a chance to network and learn from industry luminaries; and new events for underrepresented communities in AI, such as NVIDIA DRIVE training for women in AI, sponsored by Ford.

A variety of industries will be represented in the talks, networking events, and experts attending GTC. This year’s topics include everything from data science to gaming to visualization, and industries ranging from entertainment to healthcare to retail.

Early Bird Discount

Registration is now open, with a 15 percent discount available until Feb. 13 and priority keynote access for the first 1,000 registrants.

Named one of Forbes’ top conferences for women in tech, GTC will continue its commitment to under-represented communities in AI. Various activities — including Deep Learning Institute training and unique networking events — will provide opportunities for female, Black, and Latinx AI developers, with more to come. Experts from many of the world’s leading organizations — including BMW, Epic Games, NASA, Stanford and Wells Fargo — will present technical talks on topics ranging from autonomous vehicles and robotics to CUDA Python programming and natural language processing.

Summit for Science and Technology

This year, GTC will feature the HPC Summit, a full-day event on Thursday, March 26, bringing together hundreds of industry leaders, developers and researchers to discuss innovations in high performance computing.

HPC experts from around the world will lead sessions and a forum, including:

  • Thomas Schulthess, Director of ETH Zurich, CSCS
  • Ian Buck, NVIDIA’s VP of Accelerated Computing and the inventor of CUDA
  • Michael Kagen, CTO, Mellanox Technologies
  • Nidhi Chappell, Head of Product, Specialized Azure Compute, Microsoft

AI for Artists

Refik Anadol will be presenting a display titled “Machine Hallucination.”

GTC 2020 will also feature its first AI art gallery showcasing a variety of artists, including Refik Anadol, Memo Atken, Mario Klingemann and Helena Sarin.

Anadol’s immersive display, called “Machine Hallucination,” is powered by NVIDIA Quadro GPUs and reimagines cities of past, present and future.

Hands-On Training

GTC 2020 offers developers and data scientists the chance to get hands on with deep learning, accelerated computing and accelerated data science. Attendees can register for 70+ instructor-led trainings and 30+ self-paced courses offered by the Deep Learning Institute.

There are also six full-day DLI workshops taking place Sunday, March 22, where attendees can earn certificates in topics ranging from anomaly detection to CUDA C/C++.

Beyond workshops, GTC will offer a variety of networking opportunities. These include evening receptions, birds of a feather dinners and “Connect with the Experts” — hour-long Q&A sessions with NVIDIA engineers and researchers on topics like autonomous vehicles, computer vision and robotics.

To learn more about the conference and reserve your spot, visit the GTC 2020 website.

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Intel Appoints Archana Deskus as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Archie DeskusIntel Corporation today announced the appointment of Archana (Archie) Deskus as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO), effective Jan. 30. Deskus will oversee Intel’s global information technology operations and report to Intel Chief Financial Officer George Davis.

“At Intel, the CIO job is critical as we expand our growth opportunity and showcase the power of IT to unleash the potential of data for our customers and across our operations,” said Bob Swan, Intel’s CEO. “Archie has deep experience and a strong track record of driving operational excellence and transformation in complex global IT environments. She will be an outstanding addition to our management team.”

“Intel is going through an exciting and historic transformation as it extends the reach and impact of information technology in an era of data,” Deskus said. “I am thrilled to join the Intel management team and to lead an extraordinarily innovative global IT group at this strategic inflection point for the technology industry.”

Deskus joins Intel from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, where she was senior vice president and chief information officer since 2017, responsible for leading — and driving significant transformation within — its global IT operations. Since 2003 and prior to HPE, she has held CIO roles at Baker Hughes, Ingersoll Rand, Timex and United Technologies.

Deskus serves on the board of East West Bank. She is a graduate of Boston University and earned her MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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2020 CES: Intel Brings Innovation to Life with Intelligent Tech Spanning the Cloud, Network, Edge and PC

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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2020 – Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) that pave the way for autonomous driving. A new era of mobile computing innovation. The future of immersive sports and entertainment. Intel demonstrated all of these and more today at CES 2020, showcasing how the company is infusing intelligence across the cloud, network, edge and PC, and driving positive impact for people, business and society.

Intel CEO Bob Swan kicked off today’s news conference by sharing updates from its Mobileye business, including a demonstration of its self-driving robocar navigating traffic in a natural manner. The drive demonstrated Mobileye’s unique and innovative approach to deliver safer mobility for all with a combination of artificial intelligence, computer vision, the regulatory science model of RSS and true redundancy through independent sensing systems.

Swan also highlighted Intel’s work with the American Red Cross and its Missing Maps project to improve disaster preparedness. Using integrated AI acceleration on 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Intel is helping the American Red Cross and its Missing Maps project to build highly accurate maps with bridges and roads for remote regions of the world, which helps emergency responders in the event of a disaster.

“At Intel, our ambition is to help customers make the most of technology inflections like AI, 5G and the intelligent edge so that together we can enrich lives and shape the world for decades to come. As we highlighted today, our drive to infuse intelligence into every aspect of computing can have positive impact at unprecedented scale,” Swan said.

Intelligence-Driven Mobile Computing

Mobile computing was an area of emphasis, as Intel made announcements spanning new products, partnerships and exciting platform-level innovations that will transform the way people focus, create and engage. Intel Executive Vice President Gregory Bryant announced the following:

  • First look and demonstration of the newest Intel® Core™ mobile processors, code-named “Tiger Lake”: Tiger Lake is designed to bring Intel’s bold, people-led vision for mobile computing to life, with groundbreaking advances in every vector and experience that matters. With optimizations spanning the CPU, AI accelerators and discrete-level integrated graphics based on the new Intel Xe graphics architecture, Tiger Lake will deliver double-digit performance gains1, massive AI performance improvements, a huge leap in graphics performance and 4x the throughput of USB 3 with the new integrated Thunderbolt 4. Built on Intel’s 10nm+ process, the first Tiger Lake systems are expected to ship this year.
  • Preview of first Xe-based discrete GPU: Intel Vice President of Architecture for Graphics and Software Lisa Pearce provided insight into the progress on the new Intel Xe graphics architecture, which will provide huge performance gains in Tiger Lake, and previewed Intel’s first Xe-based discrete GPU, code-named “DG1.”
  • Significant updates on Intel’s “Project Athena” innovation program, including the first Project Athena-verified Chromebooks: Project Athena-verified designs have been tuned, tested and verified to deliver fantastic system-level innovation and benefits spanning battery life, consistent responsiveness, instant wake, application compatibility and more. Intel has verified 25 Project Athena designs to date, and Bryant announced an expanded partnership with Google that has already resulted in the first two Project Athena-verified Chromebooks, the ASUS Chromebook Flip (C436) and the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. Intel expects to verify approximately 50 more designs across Windows and Chrome this year and deliver a target specification for dual-screen PCs.
  • Form factor innovation, including dual screens and a revolutionary foldable design: Through deepened co-engineering efforts with OEM partners, Intel helps deliver category-defining devices based on Intel Core processors. This includes new dual-screen and foldable designs like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, which leverages the Intel Core processor with Intel Hybrid Technology (code-named “Lakefield”) expected to ship midyear, and the Dell Concept Duet. Bryant also previewed Intel’s latest concept device, a foldable OLED display form factor, code-named “Horseshoe Bend.” Based on Intel’s upcoming Tiger Lake mobile processors, the design is similar in size to a 12-inch laptop with a folding touchscreen display that can be opened up to more than 17 inches.

Intelligence-Driven Business Transformation
The data center is the force that delivers intelligence to businesses around the world and Intel Xeon Scalable processors continue to be the foundation of the data center. Intel Executive Vice President Navin Shenoy announced that 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, coming in the first half of 2020, will include new Intel® DL Boost extensions for built-in AI training acceleration, providing up to a 60% increase in training performance over the previous family.

Shenoy highlighted several ways Intel is threading intelligence into data platforms across cloud, network and edge and how this is transforming sports and entertainment:

  • Netflix optimizes and accelerates media streaming services: Netflix has utilized the latest video compression technology, AV1, to enhance Netflix’s media streaming services and bring content to life across the globe, with up to 60% compression efficiency over the previous compression technology (AVC). Intel’s and Netflix’s joint efforts continue with the development of an open-source high-performance encoder (SVT-AV1), optimized on 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, that delivers significant quality and performance gains making it viable for commercial deployment.
  • Enhanced athlete and viewer experiences at Tokyo 2020 with 3D Athlete Tracking: A first-of-its-kind computer vision solution, 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) uses AI to enhance the viewing experience with near real-time insights and visualizations. 3DAT uses highly mobile cameras to capture the form and motion of athletes, then applies algorithms optimized with Intel DL Boost and powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors to analyze the biomechanics of athletes’ movements. Shenoy announced that this technology will enhance replays of the 100-meter and other sprinting events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
  • Large-scale volumetric video streaming: Intel and the sports industry are transforming the sports viewing experience with volumetric video, an important progression toward enabling sports viewing without limitations. Intel® True View synthesizes the entire volume of the stadiums’ field to provide endless angles that allow fans to choose any vantage point and player perspective and stream from their devices. Intel and the NFL showcased the power of streaming volumetric video with a play from Week 15’s Cleveland Browns-Arizona Cardinals game. The data produced from the first quarter of an NFL game alone reaches beyond 3TB per minute – an exponential increase requiring tremendous computing power.

More information on all of these announcements, including visual assets from the event, is available in the CES press kit on the Intel Newsroom.

1Based on Intel testing and configurations.

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Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.

Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit www.intel.com/benchmarks.

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CES 20/20: Creators’ Visions Come into Focus with New RTX Studio Systems, Adobe Creative Cloud Offer

RTX Studio systems are a sight to see, and at CES this week there will be a lot to look at: top PC makers and system builders have announced new RTX Studio products.

And starting January 13, qualifying RTX Studio laptops and desktops will receive a 3-month complimentary Adobe Creative Cloud membership, for both new and existing members.

The goal of NVIDIA Studio is to give creators time-saving features, incredible levels of performance and the utmost in reliability. That equates to powerful RTX Studio hardware, RTX-accelerated apps, and NVIDIA Studio Drivers.

RTX Studio systems are capable of pushing billions of pixels in the most demanding apps and workflows.

Powering Creators’ Visions

GeForce RTX and Quadro RTX GPUs are at the heart of RTX Studio products. Purpose-built for today’s creators, these select systems adhere to stringent hardware and software requirements to empower creativity at the speed of imagination.

The world’s leading software makers have turned RTX ON in a major way, having introduced over 40 applications with RTX technology. In fact, tens of millions of artists already have RTX-accelerated ray tracing and AI in their favorite creative apps today.

With great power comes great responsibility —particularly when your time and work is on the line. Powerful RTX Studio laptops, desktops and workstations are backed by NVIDIA’s industry-leading driver support to ensure maximum performance, reliability and stability.

The Newest RTX Studio Systems

The HP ENVY 32 All-in-One provides the freedom to see and control creations with a vivid 32-inch 4K HDR600 display and 6000:1 contrast ratio. It offers maximum power for digital creation as the first all-in-one with NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics, configurable with up to a GeForce RTX 2080. Enjoy superb sound while editing and playing back audio content with immersive, built-in front-firing tweeters and subwoofer speakers custom tuned by Bang & Olufsen.

Acer has introduced three new RTX Studio systems, the ConceptD 7 Ezel, ConceptD 7 Ezel Pro and ConceptD 700. The Ezel series are convertible notebooks that feature Acer’s Ezel hinge, allowing for five usage modes, making it easier than ever for designers to collaborate, share and bring ideas to life. The elegant and robust ConceptD 700 workstation was built to handle heavy content creator workflows with ease.

Lenovo is also introducing their Creator series, a digital content creator line powered by NVIDIA GPUs and Studio Drivers. The Lenovo Legion Y740 Studio Edition is an RTX Studio laptop with up to GeForce RTX 2080 GPUs. They also introduced the Lenovo IdeaCentre Creator 5 desktop, Yoga Creator 7 and IdeaPad Creator 5 laptops, which will feature GeForce graphics.

We’re also bringing system builders into the RTX Studio family. This will give creators the ultimate flexibility when selecting a system. Top system builders in each region are delivering amazing desktops that provide RTX Studio performance with Studio Driver reliability. Participating system builders include CyberPowerPC, MainGear, Origin PC and NZXT in North America; Scan and MIFCOM in Europe; Colorful, iPason, NINGMEI and Raytine in China.

RTX Studio + Adobe Creative Cloud

Starting January 13, new RTX Studio laptops and desktops will come with a complimentary 3-month membership to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Creative Cloud gives artists specializing in photography, graphic design, video editing, and 3D motion graphics a robust portfolio of 30+ apps and tools necessary to realize their creative visions.

Subscribers using RTX GPUs, like the ones found in RTX Studio systems, receive the best performance from Adobe Creative Cloud features — including AI auto-reframe in Adobe Premiere Pro; GPU-accelerated, AI-based “Enhance Details” feature in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom; and faster rendering of 3D designs, powered by RTX-accelerated ray tracing in Adobe Dimension.

The 3-month offer is available to both new and existing Adobe Creative Cloud members — a nearly $240 value.

Crystal Clear Creativity

NVIDIA Studio Drivers provide artists, creators and 3D app developers the best performance and reliability when working with creative applications. They’ve also enabled new features, like adding support for 30-bit color on GeForce and TITAN GPUs.

To achieve the highest level of reliability, Studio Drivers undergo extensive testing against multi-app creator workflows and multiple revisions of the top creative applications from Adobe to Autodesk and beyond.

Since Studio Drivers were introduced in March 2019, we’ve provided support for every major new creative application. This includes targeted alignment around key industry events such as SIGGRAPH, Adobe MAX and Autodesk University. In doing so, Studio Drivers ensure creators are getting the highest possible performance, functionality and reliability possible – regardless of the applications their workflow consists of.

The annual tech mecca known as CES kicks off in Las Vegas this week. Along with our partners, we’ll be there showing the latest RTX Studio systems and applications. In more ways than one, this is 2020.

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Instant Replay: NVIDIA’s 5 Top YouTube Videos for 2019

‘Seeing is believing’ is a cliche for a reason; but it might be truer to say believing is seeing.
Until this year, after all, it would be hard to believe a computer could turn a few stylus strokes into a realistic work of art; or that you could test autonomous vehicles, for millions of miles, before rubber hit the road. But someone at NVIDIA believed these things could be done — and now the rest of us are seeing it, too.
Below, we’ve queued up a quick spin through the five most popular videos NVIDIA posted in 2019.
Each — whether explaining how NVIDIA used ray tracing to recreate the Apollo 11 moon landing or riding alongside NVIDIA’s Neda Cvijetic as she provides a live play-by-play as an autonomous vehicle navigates California’s highways — will leave you believing anything is possible.
What better way to get ready for 2020?

GauGAN: Changing Sketches into Photorealistic Masterpieces

A deep learning model developed by NVIDIA Research turns rough doodles into highly realistic scenes using generative adversarial networks (GANs). Dubbed GauGAN, the tool is like a smart paintbrush, converting segmentation maps into lifelike images. Read more at https://nvda.ws/2O6MHN2

NVIDIA DRIVE Sim

The flexible, open DRIVE Constellation platform enables developers to design and implement detailed simulations for vehicle testing and validation. Engineers can recreate a vehicle’s sensor structure, positioning, and traffic scenario to test in a variety of road and weather conditions for the development of safe autonomous vehicles.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon Landing, with Commentary from Buzz Aldrin

The anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing — one of mankind’s greatest achievements — inspired us to dramatically step up our own work, enhancing our earlier moon-landing demo with NVIDIA RTX real-time ray-tracing technology. The result: a beautiful, near-cinematic depiction of one of history’s great moments. Relive the moment with commentary from Buzz Aldrin, whose giant leap years ago inspires new generations of moonshots today.

Ride in NVIDIA’s Self-Driving Car

This special edition DRIVE Labs episode shows how NVIDIA DRIVE AV Software combines the essential building blocks of perception, localization, and planning/control to drive autonomously on public roads around our headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif.

GTC 2019 Keynote with NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang

Whether you’re a true believer, or just want to see what’s next, you’ll want to sign up, now for NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley. For a taste of what’s to come, here’s a recap of NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang’s keynote address at the GTC 2019, where he introduced breakthroughs in pro graphics with NVIDIA Omniverse; in data science with NVIDIA-powered Data Science Workstations; in inference and enterprise computing with NVIDIA T4 GPU-powered servers; in autonomous machines with NVIDIA Jetson Nano and the NVIDIA Isaac SDK; in autonomous vehicles with NVIDIA Safety Force Field and DRIVE Constellation; and more.

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