Nvidia announces the Turing architecture and its first ray tracing GPUs

16 August, 2018, 09:23 | Author: Leah Owens
  • NVIDIA Turing Architecture

"The ability to support NVIDIA Turing-based Quadro RTX GPUs in select models of Lenovo ThinkSystem servers brings the advancement of RTX technology to those users needing to scale their rendering in leading-edge datacenter implementations".

The announcement represents a major upgrade from its Pascal chips that were introduced in 2016. On-card RAM is supplied by the new Samsung GDR6 RAM, which supplies high-bandwidth capability.

"Turing is Nvidia's most important innovation since we launched modern computer graphics almost two decades ago", said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia, speaking at the start of the annual SIGGRAPH conference.

The new range boasts Nvidia's new RT (ray tracing) Cores, which literally trace the path of lights as it works with objects in a scene environment.

Nvidia held a keynote at Siggraph today, and the star of the show was the company's new Turing architecture.

However, as exciting as it may sound, the new Turing-based Quadro RTX GPU will not be available to gamers.

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Hot on the heels of CEO Jensen Huang's Quadro RTX announcement last night, Nvidia released a teaser video for its upcoming festivities at the Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany.

This concept cinematic was created using real-time ray tracing techniques and Nvidia's RTX technology. This lines up with the CUDA and Tensor core counts also stated, with both the RTX 8000 and RTX 6000 having 4608 CUDA core and 576 Tensor cores, while the RTX 5000 has 3072 CUDA and 384 Tensor cores. Capable of 500 trillion tensor operations per second, the processors can boost AI features such as resolution and scaling.

"This is truly a breakthrough and five years ahead of schedule", Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research, told SiliconANGLE.

"NVidia started with its pursuit to produce the most awesome imagery within one 30th of a second, at the price-point consumers would pay for". The arrival of real-time ray tracing is the Holy Grail of our industry. The new series of GPUs are specifically designed for ray tracing and intensive AI-based computation tasks. Ray tracing also has great potential in machine learning applications, particularly when it comes to sharing workloads or doing things serially such as computing and then rendering, where the RTX series would provide "unimaginable ROI", according to the analyst.

To help developers take full advantage of these capabilities, NVIDIA has enhanced its RTX development platform with new AI, ray-tracing and simulation SDKs. Instead, we're looking at new tools for professionals, that will cost up to $10,000 when it launches later this year.

Nvidia will also incorporate the new cards into its new Quadro RTX Server; a render farm which will offer access to a GPU for multiple users, transforming it into a datacentre-like setup for professional rendering jobs.

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