It's been a whirlwind year in the PC market, in no small part thanks to the return of AMD. But things just got a whole lot more insane of late, with AMD and Intel - of all companies - announcing a partnership.
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Announced at GTC 2017, the Tesla V100 is an enterprise-level processor powered by the Volta GV100 GPU: the first chip in the world built with a 12nm FFN process. A single Volta GV100 packs in 21 billion transistors, 5120 CUDA cores, 320 texture units and a 4096-bit HBM2 memory interface with a boost clock speed of 1455MHz. It's equipped with 640 Tensor Cores capable of providing 120 teraflops of tensor operations.
Whether you like it or not, autonomous cars are coming - and Nvidia just made it a lot easier for manufacturers to jump on the self-driving bandwagon. The company's Deep Learning Institute (DLI) is offering advanced hands-on courses to aid in the development of autonomous vehicles. Provided it has enough expertise and money, any company can now build one. Ulp.
For the past five years, Nvidia has been building itself a shiny new headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley. When it is completed at the end of this year, the 500,000 square feet structure will house up to 5000 employees across two floors. The site has been specifically designed to encourage collaboration with large congregational areas, open plan offices and staircases to enable chance encounters.
During GTC 2017, we were given a sneak peak inside the building which remains a work in progress. Here are the photos.
The Nvidia Deep Learning Institute (DLI) has dramatically expanded its course offerings with the aim of up-skilling 100,000 developers in deep learning by 2018. The initiative will include instructor-led workshops and on-demand access to online courses - with prices ranging from free to $30. In other words, you can now get trained up in AI applications for next to nothing. Here are the details.
In front of thousands, the pitch sounded good. Bring PC gaming to the hundreds of millions who can't, or haven't experienced it before. It's a sensible, reasonable goal for a publicly listed company like NVIDIA to aim at. And the idea of putting a gaming PC in the cloud has a certain logic to it.
Problem is, we've been here before. It didn't work. And even if the streaming technology was sound, it still wouldn't work for Australians.
It came to light this week that NVIDIA has started sending information about your machine back to HQ via its graphics drivers. While this is kind-of true, it's not the full story, as Steve Burke of Gamers Nexus recently discovered.
Remember how there was a huge uproar when it was revealed that Windows 10 had telemetry services that automatically sent information back to Microsoft on how users were interacting with the operating system? It seems that graphics card maker NVIDIA has now added telemetry into its latest drivers. If you don't want to be tracked by NVIDIA, here's a way to disable it.
It's always easier to replace a video card than it is a CPU and motherboard, so it's not surprising to find people with a GTX 1060 or RX 480 surrounded by comparatively ancient components. These setups are sacrificing some performance by bottle-necking their GPU, sure, but exactly how much is going to waste?
"250 Servers in a box." That's how Nvidia describes the DGX-1 -- the world's first commercially available supercomputer specifically built for deep learning. Packing in eight Tesla P100 GPUs that are capable of delivering up to 170 teraflops at peak performance, it is hands-down the most powerful system Nvidia has ever brought to market. We took some snapshots of this AI behemoth on the GTC showroom floor.
You'll still have to wait until 28 January to get your hands on Rise of the Tomb Raider, but if you're looking to upgrade your GPU at the same time, NVIDIA might have the deal for you. According to the graphics vendor, for a limited time, it'll be bundling the game with its high-end 900 series hardware.
These days, graphics drivers don't just install the software your OS needs to communicate with your GPU. With hardware accelerated video decoding, game recording and other services being provided, you might find a lot of unneeded odds and ends running on your system. Fortunately, disabling them is easy.