April 25, 2017

NVIDIA’s invention of the GPU
In 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics, and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots, and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world.

In 2006, the creation of our CUDA programming model and Tesla GPU platform opened up the parallel-processing capabilities of the GPU to general-purpose computing. A powerful new approach to computing was born. Today, GPU computing is the most pervasive, accessible, energy-efficient path forward for HPC and data centers. It powers the fastest supercomputers in the U.S. and Europe as well as regular breakthroughs in vital areas of scientific research.
NVIDIA’s people share a strong sense of corporate responsibility. Our philanthropic giving this year totaled $5 million.
Project Inspire, which brings our people together every year to transform local communities, continues to gain momentum. This year alone, employees volunteered more than 17,000 hours and supported education programs that benefited more than 64,000 children.