Nvidia Unveils New ‘Ampere’ Architecture, A100 GPU at GTC 2020 Keynote

Nvidia Unveils New 'Ampere' Architecture, A100 GPU at GTC 2020 Keynote
Even although Nvidia’s plans to carry a correct GTC keynote needed to be canceled as a result of Coronavirus outbreak, the corporate determined to unveil its merchandise through a pre-recorded keynote presentation in the present day. We have been anticipating the corporate to unveil enterprise associated merchandise together with its newest GPU structure, and Nvidia didn’t disappoint. The firm has in the present day unveiled its new ‘Ampere’ structure for GPUs.

Ampere is the corporate’s 7nm structure for its compute items and GPUs, and whereas the corporate didn’t give away plenty of particulars across the structure itself, it did announce a bunch of enterprise merchandise that use the Ampere structure.

A100 GPU, DGX A100, HGX A100

The Nvidia A100 GPU is the corporate’s first GPU to make use of the brand new Ampere structure. The GPU packs in 54 billion transistors, and Nvidia is asking it “the world’s largest 7-nanometer processor.” The A100 GPU additionally comes with Nvidia’s third gen Tensor Cores, which Nvidia claims presents 20 occasions sooner AI efficiency, and likewise for the primary time assist double-precision efficiency. The firm is claiming a 2.5 occasions efficiency enhance over the V100.

Alongside the A100 GPU, Nvidia additionally introduced a bunch of {hardware} that makes use of the A100 GPUs. The DGX A100 introduced in the present day packs in eight A100 GPUs and the corporate is claiming that it presents a whopping 5 petaflops of AI efficiency. Together, the eight A100 GPUs within the DGX A100 provide 320GB GPU reminiscence and 12.4 TBps bandwidth.

The firm additionally introduced the HGX A100 baseboard that OEMs can use to create their very own A100 based mostly server techniques. Nvidia has partnered with Dell, HP Enterprise, SuperMicro, and Gigabyte amongst others to supply HGX A100 based mostly techniques to enterprise prospects.

Apart from all that, the corporate additionally introduced the EGX A100 edge compute unit which the corporate claims can “carry out real-time processing and protection of the massive amounts of streaming data from edge sensors.” The firm additionally introduced the brand new Mellanox SmartNIC which can also be contained in the EGX A100. As we anticipated, these are all enterprise associated bulletins. However, Nvidia’s CEO Jensen Huang did point out that the Ampere structure will make its solution to graphics playing cards as effectively.

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