DAVIS, Calif.; April 19, 2016—UC Davis College of Engineering graduate student, Saman Ashkiani, has been named one of ten students worldwide to the 2016-2017 NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program. Ashkiani is a graduate student in the UC Davis Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering working with Prof. John Owens.
Ashkiani’s research, as outlined on NVIDIA’s website, “currently focuses on design and implementation of dynamic data structures suitable for massively parallel machines including Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). The final objective, as a programmer, is to have the ability to efficiently update a data structure of choice on the GPU without any need for rebuilding the whole data structure.”
The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program provides a $25,000 award to PhD students who are researching topics that will lead to major advances in the graphics and high-performance computing industries, and are investigating innovative ways of leveraging the power of the GPU.