GPUs

Over the years, the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation's SPECviewperf benchmark has become the industry standard for workstation GPU benchmarking. Owing to the fact that, unlike video games, there's little concept of a "standard" workload for CAD, content creation, and visual data analysis tools, as well as the sheer complexity of these applications, there is an ongoing need for a standardized multi-application benchmark. This is both to offer a wider, holistic view of GPU performance under workstation applications, and even more fundamental than that, to provide a proper apples-to-apples testing environment. With the previous release of SPECviewperf dating back to 2013, the benchmark has been due for a refresh – and that has finally arrived this week with the release of SPECviewperf 2020. An incremental update...

‘Better Yield on 5nm than 7nm’: TSMC Update on Defect Rates for N5

One of the key metrics on how well a semiconductor process is developing is looking at its quantitative chip yield – or rather, its defect density. A manufacturing process...

107 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/25/2020

Intel Moving to Chiplets: ‘Client 2.0’ for 7nm

One of the more esoteric elements of Intel’s Architecture Day 2020 came very near the end, where Intel spent a few minutes discussing what it believes is the future...

67 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/21/2020

Intel Xe-HP Graphics: Early Samples Offer 42+ TFLOPs of FP32 Performance

One of the promises that Intel has made with its new Xe GPU family is that in its various forms it will cater to uses ranging from integrated graphics...

43 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/21/2020

Intel’s SG1 is 4x DG1: Xe-LP Graphics for Server Video Acceleration and Streaming

For the last few years, Intel has had a product line known as the Visual Computing Accelerator (VCA). With the VCA2 product being put on EOL earlier this year...

9 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/21/2020

Micron Spills on GDDR6X: PAM4 Signaling For Higher Rates, Coming to NVIDIA’s RTX 3090

It would seem that Micron this morning has accidentally spilled the beans on the future of graphics card memory technologies – and outed one of NVIDIA’s next-generation RTX video...

66 by Ryan Smith on 8/20/2020

NVIDIA Reports Q2 FY2021 Earnings: Datacenter Revenue Surpasses Gaming for the First Time

This afternoon NVIDIA announced their results for the second quarter of their 2021 fiscal year, closing out on an exceptional quarter for the company that set numerous revenue records...

35 by Ryan Smith on 8/19/2020

Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: Microsoft Xbox Series X System Architecture (6:00pm PT)

Hot Chips has gone virtual this year! Lots of talks on lots of products, including Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, and a special Raja Koduri Keynote...

59 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/17/2020

Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: Intel's Xe GPU Architecture (5:30pm PT)

Hot Chips has gone virtual this year! Lots of talks on lots of products, including Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, and a special Raja Koduri Keynote...

29 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/17/2020

Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: NVIDIA A100 Performance (5:00pm PT)

Hot Chips has gone virtual this year! Lots of talks on lots of products, including Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, and a special Raja Koduri Keynote...

9 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/17/2020

Spotted At Hot Chips: Quad Tile Intel Xe-HP GPU

At last week’s Intel Architecture Day, Intel’s chief architect, Raja Koduri, briefly held up the smallest member of the company’s forthcoming Xe-HP series of server CPUs, the one tile...

28 by Ryan Smith on 8/17/2020

Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: Intel's Raja Koduri Keynote (2:00pm PT)

Hot Chips has gone virtual this year! Lots of talks on lots of products, including Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, and a special Raja Koduri Keynote...

20 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/17/2020

Intel Next-Gen 10-micron Stacking: Going 3D Beyond Foveros

One of the issues facing next-generation 3D stacking of chips is how to increase the density of the die-to-die interface. More connections means better data throughput, reducing latency and...

32 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/14/2020

Intel Xe-HPC GPU Status Update: 4 Process Nodes Make 1 Accelerator

Continuing today’s GPU news from Intel’s Architecture Day presentation, on top of the Xe-LP architecture briefing and Xe-HPG reveal, the company has also offered a brief roadmap update for...

20 by Ryan Smith on 8/13/2020

Intel’s Xe-HPG GPU Unveiled: Built for Enthusiast Gamers, Built at a Third-Party Fab

Among the many announcements in today’s Intel Architecture Day, Intel is also offering a major update to their GPU roadmap over the next 24 months. The Xe family, already...

38 by Ryan Smith on 8/13/2020

The Intel Xe-LP GPU Architecture Deep Dive: Building Up The Next Generation

As part of today’s Intel Architecture Day, Intel is devoting a good bit of its time to talking about the company’s GPU architecture plans. Though not a shy spot...

34 by Ryan Smith on 8/13/2020

Update: NVIDIA Teases GeForce Presentation For September 1st - Ampere Inbound?

Update 8/11: A day later, NVIDIA has published a bit more information, clarifying their product teasing and announcement plans. It looks like NVIDIA's Twitter feed jumped the gun a...

49 by Ryan Smith on 8/11/2020

Intel Schedules Tiger Lake Architecture Presentation For August 13th, Launch on September 2nd

Over the next month or so Intel is scheduled to launch its next-generation Tiger Lake family of processors. Detailed in bits and pieces over the past several months, Tiger...

82 by Ryan Smith on 8/5/2020

NVIDIA Launches Rainbow Six: Siege Game Bundle for GeForce RTX 20 Series Cards

Barely a couple of weeks off of their previous Death Stranding game bundle, NVIDIA is back with a new game bundle for GeForce RTX cards. Dubbed the Frames Win...

22 by Ryan Smith on 7/30/2020

AMD Reiterates 2020 Roadmap: Zen 3 Client & Server, RDNA 2, CDNA Late This Year

As part of AMD’s quarterly earnings presentation, the company has briefly reiterated its product plans for the second-half of the year. The company was previously slated to launch new...

84 by Ryan Smith on 7/28/2020

AMD Reports Q2 2020 Earnings: Notebook and Server Sales Drive a Record Quarter

Continuing our look at tech industry financial results, AMD this afternoon is celebrating setting some new records in its Q2’2020 financial results. Enjoying a continuing turn-around in its fortunes...

36 by Ryan Smith on 7/28/2020

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