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Nvidia announces Volta based "Xavier" SOC with 512 CUDA corres, 20W TDP

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It comes with 512 CUDA cores that are based on the Volta GPU architecture. This is a substantial bit as Volta has now been confirmed to be available in 2017. On the CPU side, the chip boasts 8 Custom ARM64 cores

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Also, NVIDIA mentioned some performance numbers for Xavier. The chip is said to feature up to 20 DLTOPs worth of performance at a TDP of 20W. This will be achieved on a single SOC and not a custom board like the Drive PX 2. To put things into perspective, Drive PX 2 delivers 24 DLTOPs worth of performance at 80W. Furthermore, it uses two Parker SOCs and two discrete GPUs based on the Pascal architecture. This is 1 DLTOP (INT8) performance per watt we are looking at and its just a glimpse of the massive power efficiency coming in from the Volta architecture.

Unfortunately this seems to be focused on automotive applications. Though, with the Nintendo NX rumored to have some sort of low powered Tegra SOC, this could be something to think about, whether or not Nintendo will power their next-gen console on this new Volta SOC.

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Interested at 512 CUDA cores. Lost interest at INT8... was hoping it might also be used as a general compute resource, but will have to see how the FLOPS work out when known.


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1 hour ago, ChickenCake248 said:

Unfortunately this seems to be focused on automotive applications. Though, with the Nintendo NX rumored to have some sort of low powered Tegra SOC, this could be something to think about, whether or not Nintendo will power their next-gen console on this new Volta SOC.

This one product is intended for small applications. There are two super computers in the works right now (Sierra and Summit) that are slated to be using NVLInk and Volta, with the goal of each being at or near the top of the Top500 list when they are switched on.

This one particular product in the Tesla line is intended to be used for machine control applications (and maybe some other things), but other than that Volta will be business as usual at Nvidia. I am actually pretty happy that Nvidia is trying to break into the machine control market: I've been thinking about the potential benefits of using OTS MPPs for real time vector processing for a while now. 


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As it takes many months for engineering a console, the NX will at best, use the Tegra X2 (Pascal) chip, and we have to be lucky. And this has nothing to do with Nintendo not wanting to get the latest chip. You have to remember that for Nintendo, they need to make the PCB, OS, drivers, cooling engineering, anbd also for devs: tools and documentation. Sadly, Nvidia chip isn't like getting the same chip but faster. Power delivery changes, power consumption changes, heat produced changes. You can't have fancy circuitry like on our desktop motherboards that accepts everything you through at it, and motherboard manufacturer needs to do little work (in comparison) to support a new chipset. This can be very different for Nintendo, as everything needs to be compact and power efficient to get every last drop of battery life. So it is months of work (including testing).. all assuming, of course, that Nvidia is in state of mass manufacturing the chip to meet Nintendo order demands. If Nvidia has trouble making the chip as the production was not perfectly, it will be an issue for Nintendo, and might need to opt for an older chip.

 

 

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Whats a DLTOP? I'm only aware of teraflops, never heard of DLTOP.


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1 hour ago, rattacko123 said:

Whats a DLTOP? I'm only aware of teraflops, never heard of DLTOP.

Deep learning trial operation. Basically how many digital neurons can you stimulate per cycle.


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