Nvidia’s first Ampere GPU is designed for data centers and AI, not your PC
Nvidia is unveiling its next-generation Ampere GPU architecture today. The first GPU to use Ampere will be Nvidia’s new A100, built for scientific computing, cloud graphics, and data analytics. While there have been plenty of rumors around Nvidia’s Ampere plans for GeForce “RTX 3080” cards, the A100 will primarily be used in data centers.
Nvidia’s latest data center push comes amid a pandemic and a huge increase in demand for cloud computing. Describing the coronavirus situation as “terribly tragic,” Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang noted that “cloud usage of services are going to see a surge,” in a press briefing attended by The Verge. “Those dynamics are really quite good for our data center business … My expectation is that Ampere is going to do remarkably well. It’s our best data center GPU ever made and it capitalizes on nearly a decade of our data center experience.”
The A100 sports more than 54 billion transistors, making it the world’s largest 7nm processor. “That is basically at nearly the theoretical limits of what’s possible in semiconductor manufacturing today,” explains Huang. “The largest die the world’s ever made, and the largest number of transistors in a compute engine the world’s ever made.”