Nvidia gets broad support for cutting-edge Volta GPUs in the data center


Data center workloads for AI, graphics rendering, high-performance computing and business intelligence are getting a boost as a Who’s Who of the world’s biggest server makers and cloud providers snap up Nvidia’s Volta-based Tesla V100 GPU accelerators.

Nvidia is rallying its entire ecosystem, including software makers, around the new Tesla V100s, effectively consolidating its dominance in GPUs for data centers.

IBM, HPE, Dell EMC and Supermicro announced at the Strata Data Conference in New York Wednesday that they are or will be using the GPUs, which are now shipping. Earlier this week at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in Beijing, Lenovo, Huawei and Inspur said they would be using Nvidia’s HGX reference architecture to offer Volta architecture-based systems for hyperscale data centers.

Volta architecture is key

Volta GPUs take a giant step forward in supplanting Nvidia’s Pascal architecture. Volta-based Tesla V100s, for example, sport 21 billion transistors and 5,120 CUDA cores, cruising at 1,455MHz boost clock speeds. The Pascal-based Tesla P100, by comparison, offers up to 3,840 CUDA cores and 15 billion transistors.

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