NVIDIA Makes Several Announcements At SIGGRAPH 2018

17 August, 2018, 18:01 | Author: Larry Hoffman
  • NVIDIA Turing Architecture

Gamers disappointed that Nvidia didn't unveil a consumer GPU when it unveiled its enterprise-centric Turing architecture at Siggraph 2018 will soon be in for a treat. Nvidia has just posted a teaser YouTube video hinting that it could unveil its next consumer-based GeForce RTX series soon.

Turing GPUs will have two new hardware components - RT Cores, which accelerate real-time ray tracing, and Tensor Cores, which speed deep-learning training and inferencing.

"It's a tremendous privilege to have been selected by NVIDIA to launch Samsung's 16Gb GDDR6, and to have enjoyed the full confidence of their design team in making our key contribution to the NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs", said Jim Elliott, Corporate Senior Vice President at Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

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"Hybrid rendering will change the industry, opening up fantastic possibilities that enhance our lives with more attractive designs, richer entertainment and more interactive experiences", he said. For there also is the AI based Tensor cores that the new chips benefit from and which together makes for Ray Tracing in real time to improve by a factor of 25 compared to Pascal based chips. As the world's first ray tracing GPUs, the company says the architecture "fundamentally changes how computer graphics will be done, it's a step change in realism".

The Quadro RTX Server will be a combination of the new RTX GPUs and Quadro Infinity software. However, we wonder if the next-gen gaming GPUs from Nvidia will be based on the Nvidia Turing architecture or not. We can do awesome things, but they take a lot of effort like placing invisible lights in the environment.

These features are part of the NVIDIA NGX™ software development kit, a new deep learning-powered technology stack that enables developers to easily integrate accelerated, enhanced graphics, photo imaging and video processing into applications with pre-trained networks.

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The RT Cores can churn through ray-tracing performance at a staggering 25x faster than previous Pascal GPUs, Nvidia claims. The Tensor Cores provide up to 500 trillion operations per second that fill in where the real time ray-tracing comes up short. Other applications include "denoising", resolution scaling and video retiming.

The chipmaker on Monday unveiled its eighth-generation Turing graphics architecture at a conference in Vancouver.

In any case, we'll know much more when NVIDIA's Gamescom event kicks off next week at 6 p.m. CET (1 p.m. ET) on August 20. NVIDIA states that the new RTX Server can be used for small installations all the way up to the largest data centers. It's scheduled for "early access" availability in the fourth quarter, with broader shipments to begin early next year.

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