New NVIDIA Architecture

08 October 2009

On September 30th NVIDIA unveiled its latest GPU architecture, codenamed Fermi. The first Fermi GPUs will contain 512 CUDA Cores, capable of more than 8x the double precision floating-point throughput of its predecessor, the GT200 GPU.  The GPU also incorporates error correcting (ECC) memories and caches, a new cache hierarchy, increased shared memory and register file sizes, and the ability to execute C++ programs.

From the NVIDIA Press release:

SANTA CLARA, Calif. Sep. 30, 2009

NVIDIA Corp. today introduced its next generation CUDA™ GPU architecture, codenamed Fermi. An entirely new ground-up design, the Fermi architecture is the foundation for the world's first computational graphics processing units (GPUs), delivering breakthroughs in both graphics and GPU computing.

NVIDIA and the Fermi team have taken a giant step towards making GPUs attractive for a broader class of programs, said Dave Patterson, director Parallel Computing Research Laboratory, U.C. Berkeley and co-author of Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach.  I believe history will record Fermi as a significant milestone.

Presented at the company's inaugural GPU Technology Conference, in San Jose, California, Fermi delivers a feature set that accelerates performance on a wider array of computational applications than ever before. Joining NVIDIA's press conference was Oak Ridge National Laboratorywho announced plans for a new supercomputer that will use NVIDIA® GPUs based on the Fermi architecture. Fermi also garnered the support of leading organizations including Bloomberg, Cray, Dell, HP, IBM and Microsoft.

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