Lecture: The Future of GPU Accelerated Computing
  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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Speaker: Jeremy Purches, NVIDIA. Jeremy is currently responsible for development and growth of NVIDIA's High Performance Computing (HPC) business in UK and Ireland.

Jeremy has an honours degree in Mathematics and a strong engineering/aerospace and computing background. He briefly worked for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), computer/mathematical modelling aircraft undercarriage to certify rough field take-off/landing of fighter jets, before spending 20 years at Rolls-Royce Aero Engines Limited. Starting in the RR Engine Performance team, designing applications (Fortran) and utilities to predict aircraft performance, he moved into Engineering Computing to focus on larger company wide systems. Here he designed and implemented the corporate wide batch job submission system (PL/1), the complete RR bespoke X-Windows toolkit (C/C++) and the visualisation pre/post-processor for structural analysis (OpenGL).

Acquired by EDS as part of the RR Corporate IT outsourcing deal in 1996, he continued as a Technical Project Manager, defining the Engineering IT strategy while directing numerous porting projects (including Y2K). His final project at EDS/RR was to evaluate, define and implement departmental HPC servers for the Aerodynamics, Structures and Impact teams across RR.

Jeremy was invited to join HP in 1999, as Technical Programme Manager for the Airbus European Account (later becoming the EADS Corporate Account). The role involved ensuring an excellent Total Customer Experience (TCE) when dealing with HP for strategic and technical guidance and being a single Point of Contact for all technical computing issues and direction (for customer and HP).

In 2006, he moved to the position of EMEA HPC Engineering Segment Manager where he was responsible for overall business growth and development of HPC in the Engineering/Manufacturing sector throughout EMEA.

Jeremy joined NVIDIA in January 2012.

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