NVIDIA NVLink 2.0 to arrive with Volta in 2017

Published: 24th Aug 2016, 09:53 GMT

NVIDIA is reportedly planning an upgrade for NVLink interface to accommodate higher bandwidth for IBM servers.

NVIDIA NVLink 2.0 and Volta

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IBM server equipped with Power9 CPU and NVLink 2.0 interface would support up to six Volta-based comput co-processors. NVLink 2.0 would benefit from faster interlink between the CPU and GPU (25 Gbps form 20 Gbps), which translates into 50 GB/s bi-directional bandwidth.

Meanwhile PCI-Express 4, which should also arrive next year, would offer a bandwidth up to 64 GB/s. As a comparison, a cluster of four Tesla P100 NVLink co-processors has a bandwidth of 160 GB/s (4* 40), which may explain why NVIDIA has not decided to replace NVLink with PCIe 4.0, and probably never will.

The presentation also confirmed that upcoming Tesla V100 (name is just a guess) would also be designed in SXM2 form factor (which basically confirms it has High-Bandwidth-Memory). Whether Big Volta (aka GV100) would be offered in two variants (computing and gaming-oriented), is yet unknown.

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Source: Fudzilla




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