NVIDIA unveils their latest GPU powerhouse, the Tesla P1000 Comments
NVIDIA finally released details regarding their new GPU, which is set to be the main competitor against AMD’s Polaris. Formerly known under the codename Pascal, NVIDIA’s brand new GPU is christened as Tesla P100. At Jen-Hsun’s keynote of GTC2016, NVIDIA released the first official details, and from what we’ve seen, it’s looking to be a behemoth. For starters, the P100 is focusing on supercomputing programs. This applies to deep learning, autonomous vehicles, chemistry, biology, medical imaging, real-time graphics, etc. The chip will be tapping into HBM (High-Bandwidth Memory), but it will be using HBM2. As a result, the quad-layered stacked memory will run on a 4096-bit bus while the memory will be clocked at 1.4Gbps, which yields a total memory bandwidth of 720GB/s.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, the HBM2 greatly increases the quantity of memory per HBM stack, and the P100 will house 16GB of VRAM total. This is a major step-up from their previous Tesla K40, which had 12GB of memory. To put programmers at ease, the HBM2 will also include ECC protection. The P100 also features 150 billion transistors for performance, thanks to the 16nm FinFet process technology (which AMD’s Polaris also featured). That being said, this will be NVIDIA’s largest GPU in history, measuring 610mm2. This doesn’t include the silicon interposer, which covers both the GPU and the HBM2 chips, so the P100 is definitely a massive piece of hardware.
As for core counts, the Pascal architecture changed in SM module size to improve efficiency. So for the P100, it drops to 64 CUDA cores per SM, but there’s still room for improvement. Overall, this means NVIDIA’s new chip probably won’t be hitting the mainstream consumer market any time soon (if at all). If there’s one thing NVIDIA is making clear, it’s that GPUs aren’t necessarily for gaming. The application for powerful GPUs looks to be reaching broader horizons in the near future, and, personally, I can’t wait to see what the Polaris and Tesla P100 chips can accomplish.
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