Nvidia GTC 2020 Update RTX And A100 GPU Keynotes

Dhir Acharya - May 16, 2020


Nvidia GTC 2020 Update RTX And A100 GPU Keynotes

Nvidia GTC 2020 Update RTX And A100 GPU: Keynotes and information on the new A100 GPUs with 20 times stronger performance.

Each time a new CPU or GPU is launched, it’s always touted to offer 2 or 3 times the speeds of current versions. But with its newest GPU, Nvidia has shockingly promised 20 times better performance compared with its predecessor, providing a big boost to cloud computing firms that will use those chips for their data centers. Earlier this week, the tech giant unveiled Nvidia GTC 2020 update RTX and a100 GPU.

Paresh Kharya, Director of product manager management for data center and cloud platforms at Nvidia, said during a Wednesday briefing with reporters:

“The Ampere architecture provides the greatest generational leap out of our eight generations of GPUs.”

The Thursday event unveiled that the DGX A100 board consists of 8 A100s to make a super-GPU capable of working as a giant processor or separate GPUs for different tasks or users. It weighs over 22 kilograms and fit an oven, as in the teaser video you have seen before.

The A100 is designed to handle intensive tasks such as conversational AI, AI training, high-performance data analytics, scientific simulation, genomics, seismic modeling, as well as financial forecasting. Especially, the A100 will be used for exploring vaccines and cures for COVID-19 by helping researchers crunch data in days instead of years.

The design of the A100 is based on a 7nm one. One of the most important parts of manufacturing semiconductors is reducing the size of transistors, which, in turn, will improve the performance and battery life of a device. According to Nvidia, the Ampere architecture houses 54 billion transistors, making it the largest 7nm chip in the world. The A100 chip will give machines the powered needed to crunch a lot of data fast and make servers more flexible.

“It's going to unify that infrastructure into something much more flexible, much more fungible and increase its utility makes it a lot easier to predict how much capacity you need.”

Nvidia GTC 2020 update RTX and A100 GPU
Nvidia GTC 2020 update RTX and A100 GPU

Training AI

The new A100 GPU will be used by tech giants like Microsoft, Google, Baidu, Amazon, and Alibaba for cloud computing, with huge server farms housing data from around the world.  Reddit and Netflix, like most online services, keep their websites alive using the cloud. Nvidia said Microsoft will be among the first firms to use the A100 GPU.

Then, the A100 will also benefit organizations like research institutions, labs, and universities. The GPU will help in training, operating AI systems. The flexibility of this tech allows firms to scale up or down their servers depending on their needs, and the A100 takes less time to teach an AI program.

Five miracles

Nvidia GTC 2020 update RTX and A100 GPU
Nvidia GTC 2020 update RTX and A100 GPU

The first one is its Ampere architecture. This is the first time Nvidia has unified the acceleration workload of the whole data center into a single platform, handling all data work from image processing to video analytics.

The second miracle is Nvidia’s 3rd-gen Tensor cores that improve high performance computing applications.

The third one is a multi-instance GPU, meaning companies that use the A100 to partition it into seven smaller GPUs. Therefore, companies can use the A100 in different sizes for different degrees of computing power depending on their specific needs.

The fourth is Nvidia’s 3rd-gen NVLink, a high-speed interconnect between GPUs. The NVLink used for the A100 offers twice the speed, which allows multiple GPUs to be connected and operate as a giant GPU.

The fifth one is structural sparsity, an efficiency technique that harnesses the inherently sparse nature of Artificial Intelligence math for two-fold the performance.

Other details

Nvidia GTC 2020 update RTX and A100 GPU
Nvidia GTC 2020 update RTX and A100 GPU

At the Thursday event, Nvidia also introduced the DGX A100 system. The DGX A100 comes with 8 A100 GPUs connected through NVLink, which can handle intensive AI computing. The DGX A100 can deliver 5  petaflops of AI performance, stack an entire data center’s power and capabilities into one system.

Nvidia also updated its software that’s linked to the A100 GPU, including its deep recommender application framework Merlin, its multimodal conversation AI system Jarvis, as well as the high-performance computing SDK for debugging and optimizing the code for A100.

With its complete GPU software stack and tools, Jarvis helps developers build real-time conversational bots with the capability to understand terminology specific to each firm and customers. For example, a bank app with in-built Jarvis could understand financial terms.

Jarvis is expected to come handy during the COVID-19 pandemic as more and more people are working remotely. In a press release, Nvidia CEO Huang said:

“Conversational AI is central to the future of many industries, as applications gain the ability to understand and communicate with nuance and contextual awareness. Nvidia Jarvis can help the healthcare, financial services, education and retail industries automate their overloaded customer support with speed and accuracy.”

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