John Stone John Stone, Senior Research Programmer

Leading-edge computer graphics company NVIDIA announced today (November 10, 2010) that TCBG Senior Research Programmer John Stone has been named a "2010 CUDA Fellow". According to the NVIDIA press release, the CUDA* Fellows Program "recognizes individuals who are committed to leading the use and adoption of the CUDA™ architecture and GPU computing". Stone is recognized as one who has "demonstrated a passion and commitment to leveraging CUDA and the power of GPU computing to help solve some of the worlds' most challenging computational problems".

John Stone, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Stone is a senior research programmer in the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and associate director of the NVIDIA CUDA Center of Excellence at the University of Illinois. Stone is the lead developer of VMD, a high-performance molecular visualization tool used by researchers all over the world. His research interests include molecular visualization, GPU computing, parallel processing, ray tracing, haptics, and virtual environments. He also provides consulting services for projects involving computer graphics, GPU computing and high performance computing.

*CUDA is an acronym for "Compute Unified Device Architecture", a parallel computing architecture developed by NVIDIA that utilizes graphical processing units (GPUs) to increase computing performance (see here for more detail).

See also the story "Illinois Researcher Named 2010 CUDA Fellow by NVIDIA" posted by the University of Illinois Coordinated Science Laboratory. A photo of Stone at the 2010 NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference with a plaque commemorating the award can be found here.