Tuesday February 04, 2014

How Graphics Technology Helped One Man Find True Love

A lonely Ph.D. student at the University of California, Los Angeles, used math, GPUs آ— and a little hacking آ— to find true love. The tale of how Chris McKinlay mined profiles on the OkCupid dating service site to get himself in front of scores of women, eventually meeting fiancأ©e Christine Tien Wang, has earned the mathematician worldwide fame. Here’s the part of the story that hasn’t been told: McKinlay used CUDA, and a Tesla GPU, to crunch the numbers that made him lucky in love. "It was probably overkill, but it was hard to resist, as I had one sitting in front of me," McKinlay said.