Nvidia Introduces PCIe Version of Tesla P100 GPU

Tech giant Nvidia is making a play for high performance computing (HPC) on PCIe servers with its new Tesla P100 GPU accelerator. The high-speed serial expansion bus aims to deliver significantly better computing performance for value than comparable CPU-based servers, with an eye toward serving the most computationally demanding AI (artificial intelligence) and HPC data center applications.

The Tesla GPU, which uses the company?EU?s Pascal architecture, is designed specifically to support massive computational jobs that may require trillions of calculations per second, such as powering the AI behind self-driving cars, crunching the numbers on climate models, or performing drug discovery analyses.

Only Path Forward for Researchers

The new accelerator is compatible with modern GPU-accelerated servers, with a single Tesla P100-powered server capable of delivering higher performance than 50 CPU-only server nodes when running the AMBER molecular dynamics code, the company claimed. A Tesla-accelerated server is also faster than 32 CPU-only nodes when running the VASP material science application, according to Nvidia.

Accelerators are the only way data centers can keep up with the ever-increasing demand for supercomputing capacity, particularly in fields of scientific research using AI technology or deep learning techniques, Nvidia said.

"Accelerated computing is the only path forward to keep up with researchers' insatiable demand for HPC and AI supercomputing," said Ian Buck, vice president of accelerated computing at Nvidia, in a statement. "Deploying CPU-only systems to meet this demand would require large numbers of commodity compute nodes, leading to substantially increased costs without proportional performance gains. Dramatically scaling performance with fewer, more powerful Tesla P100-powered nodes puts more dollars into computing instead of vast infrastructure overhead.?EU?

The accelerator enables the creation of "super nodes" that provide the throughput of more than 32 commodity CPU-based nodes and help companies save up to 70 percent in capital and operational costs, according...

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