The lowdown on NVIDIA Pascal GPU Architecture

Purpose-built as the engine of computers that ‘learn, see, and simulate our world’, NVIDIA are touting Pascal GPU Architecture as innovative at every level.

When NVIDIA say Pascal Architecture is designed for ‘deep learning’ (an actual computer term, not to be confused with a 2am Wikipedia binge), as you’d probably imagine, it all gets fairly technical. That’s why we decided to run down everything you need to know about NVIDIA’s futuristic GPU.

NVIDIA have been vocal about Pascal’s five tech breakthroughs that, in their own words, “enable a new computing platform that’s disrupting conventional thinking from the desk-side to the data centre.” So what are they?

16-nanometer FinFET

Breakthrough number one makes for unparalleled energy efficiency, utilising 150 billion transistors built on ‘bleeding-edge’ FinFET fabrication technology. FinFET is a type of 3D transistor that’s used in the design of contemporary processors. Pascal GPU is the biggest FinFET chipset ever built, and it’s designed to deliver super fast performance for even the most demanding workflows.

Best performance

As the most powerful compute architecture ever built inside a GPU, Pascal delivers over five TeraFLOPS of double precision performance for HPC (high performance computing) workloads. That means it’s really quick at computer-intensive jobs that require large data sets. It also reduces training time from weeks to hours thanks to a vastly improved (12x to be exact) neural network training, as well as a 7x increase in deep learning throughput.

NVIDIA NVLink

Provide maximum application scalability, Pascal is NVIDIA’s first architecture that’s integrated with their revolutionary NVLink high-speed bidirectional interconnect. It’s a high-bandwidth, energy-efficient interconnect that allows breakneck communication between CPU and GPU, and between GPUs.

CoWoS with HBM2

Pascal Architecture uses a fresh approach to memory design called CoWos (Chip-on-Wafer-on-Substrate), which is complimented by HBM2 (second generation High Bandwidth Memory). It provides a 3x boost in memory bandwidth performance.

All-new AI algorithms

NVIDIA say that new half-precision, 16-bit floating point instructions provide 21 TeraFLOPS of unprecedented training performance. Pascal even comes with realtime responsiveness for deep learning, thanks to its 47 TOPS (tera-operations per second) and 8-bit integer instructions.

Pascal-powered graphics cards

According to NVIDIA, the Quadro P series of graphics cards are the worlds most powerful, allowing for work with larger models, complex visual effects and simulations, larger rendering tasks, and more life-like VR experiences. Keeping up the big talk, the P6000 is being called the most advanced pro graphics solution ever created.

NVIDIA Quadro P5000

– 16 GB GDDR5X.

– 256-bit.

– Up to 288 GBp/s memory bandwidth.

– 2560 NVIDIA CUDA cores.

– PCI Express 3.0 x16.

– 180W max power consumption.

– Active thermal solution.

– 112mm × 267mm, dual slot, full height form factor.

– Display connectors: 4x DP 1.4 + DVI-D DL.

– Max simultaneous displays: 4 direct, 4 DP 1.4 multi-stream.

– Max DP 1.4 resolution: 7680 x 4320 at 30 Hz.

– Max DVI-D DL resolution: 2560 × 1600 at 60 Hz.

– Graphics APIs: Shader Model 5.1, OpenGL 4.54 , DirectX 12.05, Vulkan 1.04.

– Compute APIs: CUDA, DirectCompute, OpenCL.

NVIDIA Quadro P6000

– 24 GB GDDR5X.

– 384-bit.

– Up to 432 GBp/s memory bandwidth.

– 3840 NVIDIA CUDA cores.

– PCI Express 3.0 x16.

– 250W max power consumption.

– Active thermal solution.

– 112mm × 267mm, dual slot, full height form factor.

-Display connectors: 4x DP 1.4 + DVI-D DL.

– Max simultaneous displays: 4 direct, 4 DP 1.4 multi-stream.

– Max DP 1.4 resolution: 7680 x 4320 at 30 Hz.

– Max DVI-D DL resolution: 2560 × 1600 at 60 Hz.

– Graphics APIs: Shader Model 5.1, OpenGL 4.54 , DirectX 12.05, Vulkan 1.04.

– Compute APIs: CUDA, DirectCompute, OpenCL.

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