NVIDIA Announces Dual-GPU TITAN W, New Weissman Architecture

By Published April 01, 2018 at 12:01 am
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Revealed to press under embargo at last week’s GTC, the nVidia-hosted GPU Technology Conference, nVidia CEO Jensen Huang showcased the new TITAN W graphics card. The Titan W is nVidia’s first dual-GPU card in many years, and comes after the compute-focused Titan V GPU from 2017.

The nVidia Titan W graphics card hosts two V100 GPUs and 32GB of HBM2 memory, claiming a TDP of 500W and a price of $8,000.

“I’m really just proving to shareholders that I’m healthy,” Huang laughed after his fifth consecutive hour of talking about machine learning. “I could do this all day – and I will,” the CEO said, with a nod to PR, who immediately locked the doors to the room.

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“We really just wanted to see how far miners will go,” Huang joked, miraculously sweat-less in his sacrosanct leather jacket, “remember: the more you buy, the more you save. We’ve already tested Titan Ws for cryptocurrency algorithm hashing, and have found that each Titan W generates as much as $8 per day. That’s a lot of savings,” Huang concluded to applause. “Truly incredible – this is the most powerful graphics card ever created: The Titan W!”

Huang then invited the Titan W’s Senior Power Architect to talk about a twenty-year effort to circumvent physics, whom the CEO immediately interrupted. “Isn’t it beautiful, ladies and gentlemen?”

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Above: NVIDIA CEO & Founder Jensen Huang, who recently underwent a transplant to become AI.

Although it lacks GeForce branding, the company simultaneously announced its upcoming “Weissman” gaming architecture, named after the famous data scientist Tsachy Weissman. Weissman’s work is best-known in Silicon Valley’s compression space, where a Weissman Score can be assigned pursuant to product performance with lossless data compression. At present, our understanding from off-record sources is that the Weissman architecture will focus on significant reductions in memory requirements, pushing delta color compression to 128:1.

“Don’t tell anyone I told you this,” our anonymous and off-record contact, Jacob Freeman of EVGA told us, “but the Weissman GPUs will be focused on significant reductions in memory requirements. Also, EVGA’s new cooler will leverage an ongoing meme about hotdogs to improve sales volume and cooling capabilities. We are filling our copper heatpipes with phase-change ketchup.”

The press conference concluded with the ceremonious circle around an effigy of Jensen’s leather jacket, with members of the press interlocking arms and chanting, “the more you buy, the more you save. The more you buy, the more you save. The more you buy, the more you save. The more you buy, the more you save.”

Last modified on March 31, 2018 at 12:01 am
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