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Nvidia released New Turing Chip Technology Targeting Film Industries

NVIDIA Officially Announces Turing GPU Architecture at SIGGRAPH 2018 Nvidia unveils Turing-based Quadro RTX family
Oscar Goodwin | 17 August, 2018, 17:57

The next generation of NVIDIA's GPU designs, Turing will be incorporating a number of new features and is rolling out this year. This is the same architecture that has been the subject of leaks in recent weeks.

In terms of the Turing architecture, Nvidia describes it as "the greatest leap" since the CUDA GPU was revealed in 2006.

"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 company said the chip will "revolutionize" graphic design work.

Additionally, the promo also shows the handle 'Ray, ' which could be a hint that some of Nvidia's ray tracing efforts may also be trickling down to consumer cards. Nvidia reckons its new Quadro RTX chips can boost ray-tracing performance by up to 25 times that of its Pascal chips, performing the necessary calculations at speeds of up to 10 gigarays per second. Indeed, the new RT cores allow ray tracing to perform at 25x that of the company's previous Pascal architecture.

"Turing is Nvidia's most important innovation in computer graphics in more than a decade", Huang said.

Ray tracing is what makes shadows and light render more realistically in a computer-generated scene but it's a hard effect to obtain in real-time as it requires substantial computing power. 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.

In addition to the RT Cores and Tensor Units, Turing also features an all-new design for the tradition Streaming Multiprocessor (SM) GPU units.

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Turing GPUs will have two new hardware components - RT Cores, which accelerate real-time ray tracing, and Tensor Cores, which speed deep-learning training and inferencing. During its Siggraph presentation, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang officially announced the Turing architecture and the RTX Quadro series based on Turing (not an RTX Titan as was rumored). VR support is included as well, thanks to VirtualLink support that will let users power virtual reality headsets over just one USB-C cable.

"We have been able to operate and optimise performance across the stack, removing bottlenecks, and creating new ideas that break Moore's law". It is expected that the first Turing based GPUs will make its way to the market by the fourth quarter of 2018.

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