Kopite was right.
NVIDIA HOPPER and NVIDIA AERIAL
Last month 3DCenter posted a story that NVIDIA’s next-generation architecture will be called Hopper, which is allegedly coming after Ampere. The story was based on an old rumor from June, where a Twitter user called kopite7kimi shared information that Hopper is NVIDIA’s upcoming MCM architecture. There was no indication that this is true. Until now.
On December 4th NVIDIA filed a trademark request at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Just a few days ago, we spotted ‘AERIAL‘ filing, and today ‘HOPPER‘ was officially added as well. We do now know what AERIAL refers to, but HOPPER can’t be a coincidence.
If what Kopite shared on Twitter is true, then this will be NVIDIA’s first multi-chip GPU architecture. The MCM revolution has completely changed the CPU market with AMD’s Ryzen chiplet design. This could very well change the GPU industry the same way.
Grace Hopper was a computer scientist who popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages. This led to the development of COBOL high-level programming language.
Update: NVIDIA AERIAL is a software development kit for GPU-accelerated 5G radio access networks (RANs). More information here.
Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office