During the GTC 2016 keynote, nVidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang noted that the company's new Pascal Hyperscale GPU has entered volume production and will ship (release date) by first quarter, 2017 (1Q17). Huang expects partners Dell, HP, Cray, and IBM Server to announce availability of the P100 within OEM machines by 4Q16, with production availability in 1Q17.
Pascal in the P100 will ship to Cloud first, then OEMs.
The new Pascal-equipped P100 GPU hosts 150B XTORS, 5.3TF of FP64, 10.6TF of FP32, and 21.2TF of FP16. 14MB of SM RF, and 4MB of L2 Cache. The P100 runs on “five miracles” that nVidia has defined as technologically difficult to overcome: a new Pascal architecture, 16nm FinFET process nodes, CoWoS with HBM2, NVLink, and new AI algorithms.
The Tesla P100 is not a consumer-class card, but has already entered volume production and will utilize the architecture that is expected to ship to consumer (GeForce) later this year.
NVidia indicated that, with thanks to Pascal, there's a 12x speed-up year-over-year for super computer processing on Pascal. NVidia's metrics scale the GPU count upward to 8 Pascal GPUs for processing deep learning data, capable of computing in 2 hours what 4 Maxwell GPUs processed in 25 hours.
More information on Pascal within the consumer market as it emerges.
Editorial: Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke
Photography: Jim Vincent.