Photo The Technology Acceleration Programme 2013 Award Ceremony. (From left) Dr. Ettikan Kandasamy Karuppiah, Principal Researcher from MIMOS Bhd; Ian Chen, Professional Solution Group Manager for South East Asian (SEA) from NVIDIA Corporation; Ir Dr. Karl Ng, Director of Innovation Capital from Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDeC); Babak Barkhordar, Product Manager and Amirreza Zarrabi, Software Engineer from N2N Connect Berhad; YS Yap, Head of R&D and Peter Ong, Founder / Chief Technology Officer from Tess Innovation Sdn Bhd; Francis Tey, Chief Executive Officer / Co-Founder and Johnson Wey, Chief Technology Officer from Phoenix Minds Corporation Sdn Bhd.
Five Malaysian companies have received support through the Technology Acceleration Programme (TAP), which is the result of a partnership between the Malaysian ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC], national research agency MIMOS, and US technology firm NVIDIA Corporation.
MDeC director of innovation capital, Dr Karl Ng, said, "TAP offers a new platform for local companies and technology providers to work together and enhance their offerings by gaining as much knowledge, training and guidance in building and strengthening their solutions."
"These companies are exposed to already established and successful organisations that are ready and eager to support them," said Dr Ng, adding that the initiative, launched in April 2013, has received many applications and selected five companies to participate in the programme following a pitching session in June 2013:
He said participants from these five companies - TESS Innovation, N2N Connect, Cube Global, Phoenix Minds Corporation, and Data Micron Systems - underwent a four-day training workshop for both basic and advanced Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) programming, which was conducted by both MIMOS and NVIDIA experts.
The training was aimed to familiarise the participants with CUDA programming and GPU Technology before moving on to the development phase of GPU applications, said Dr Ng. "Each participant was also paired with a technical mentor who was on hand to assist the participants on adoption and development of GPU Technology prototypes."
"In its pilot year, the TAP initiative assists local companies by establishing partnerships with relevant leading technology providers who together, have built an accelerated early adopter platform to enhance the knowledge on how best to leverage NVIDIA's architecture with MIMOS' technologies whilst these companies create their innovative solutions on graphics processing unit (GPU) computing technologies," he said.
"MDeC is proud to be part of this initiative as it contributes towards our aim to move Malaysia into a digital economy. This partnership serves to encourage upcoming business pioneers to further expand their offerings with the right tools," Dr Ng added.
All five participants of the TAP initiative will now be able to show their complemented GPU products on the NVIDIA marketplace while the top three winners walked away with cash prizes.
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