Written by Metal Messiah
It looks like we have some confirmation regarding the AMPERE GPU architecture from Nvidia. NVIDIA’s CEO” Jensen Huang” has just confirmed during a keynote press briefing that the upcoming Ampere architecture is going to launch for both “consumer” as well as the datacenter/HPC markets. This confirms all the previous rumors we have been hearing so far.
We will have Ampere lineup for the Gaming “Geforce cards” as well. The previous generation Volta and Turing series were actually “split” between professional and gaming segments. This changes with Ampere.
According to Jensen this will “streamline” the whole AMPERE GPU lineup. As posted by MarketWatch:
“” Ampere will eventually replace Nvidia’s Turing and Volta chips with a single platform that streamlines Nvidia’s GPU lineup, Huang said in a pre-briefing with media members Wednesday. While consumers largely know Nvidia for its videogame hardware, the first launches with Ampere are aimed at AI needs in the cloud and for research.
“Unquestionably, it’s the first time that we’ve unified the acceleration workload of the entire data center into one single platform,” Huang said. “”
Both the “Tesla” and “GeForce” Ampere lineups are going to have different configurations. TESLA will likely focus on compute applications (FP8/FP16 and FP64), while Geforce gaming series can benefit from faster FP16/32 cores as well. Jensen has confirmed that the GPU architecture will remain the same.
“Nvidia did not release any information about consumer GPUs using Ampere, but when asked by a reporter in the briefing about the difference between enterprise and consumer approaches to Ampere, Huang said “there’s great overlap in the architecture, but not in the configuration.”