NVIDIA Debuts PCIe-based P100; Broadens Aim at CPU Dominance

NVIDIA seems to be mounting a vigorous effort to dethrone the CPU as the leader of the processor pack for HPC and demanding datacenter workloads. That’s a tall order. Introduction at ISC 2016 of a PCIe-based version of is new Tesla P100 card is one element in the strategy. It should ease the upgrade path for many. But really, NVIDIA’s mantra has been shifting since introduction of the Pascal chip and DGX-1 platform last April. NVIDIA argues that better performance scaling on GPUs (Intel would dispute this), the mainstreaming of AI/deep learning approaches in scientific computing, and the large base of CUDA developers and code are combining to lift GPUs from a supportive to preeminent role. “If you look at real applications, they tend not to scale well as you…


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