Chipmaker Nvidia Unveils High-Speed GPU Interconnect

Nvidia has rolled out a slew of new products, from a high-speed GPU connect that may pave the way for exascale computing to a new product design that could replace physical prototypes with interactive, photorealistic digital models and more.

We caught up with Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, to get his take on NvidiaEUs market moves. He told us the company is going after a much broader swath of markets than it has ever pursued in the past.

EUYou could say that the announcements provide kind of a seed of evidence of the companyEUs broad market strategy and a very clear snapshot of a company that will not limit its ambitions to traditional markets,EU King said. EUNvidia wants to play in areas that might be complementary to, but are also far beyond its traditional market in graphics cards and gaming.EU

With that in mind, letEUs take a closer look at the announcements.

The Power of NVLink

First, Nvidia announced plans to integrate a high-speed interconnect, dubbed NVLink, into its future GPUs. The company claims its innovation would allow GPUs and CPUs to share data five to 12 times faster than currently possibly and do away with bottlenecks. Ultimately, the tech could set the stage for a new generation of exascale supercomputers that are 50 to 100 times faster than today's most powerful systems.

Nvidia is adding the NVLink technology into its Pascal GPU architecture, which is scheduled to launch in 2016. The new interconnect was co-developed with IBM, which is incorporating it into future versions of its POWER CPUs.

"NVLink enables fast data exchange between CPU and GPU, thereby improving data throughput through the computing system and overcoming a key bottleneck for accelerated computing today," said Bradley McCredie, vice president and IBM Fellow at IBM.

"NVLink makes it easier for developers to modify...

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