Nvidia’s CEO Jensen Huang Has unveiled a new variant of the $3000 TITAN V, which the company launched last year and is known to be the most powerful GPU ever.
Huang unveiled the TITAN V “CEO EDITION”at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he gave away 20 of the cards to AI researchers working on robotics and autonomous driving projects. And for now, these are the only people in the world who can get their hands on this limited edition model.
The TITAN V is Nvidia’s most powerful GPU and it’s aimed at researchers and scientists and is built on Nvidia’s Volta architecture featuring Tensor cores.
But for now, the Huang-signed edition is a marketing stunt that lets Nvidia align the brand with AI research and distance it from gaming. According to Nvidia, Huang had them “specially made for AI researchers”.
The standard TITAN V has 12GB of VRAM while this version has 32GB, also the Half-Precision FP16 compute performance increased to 125 TFlops from 110 TFlops
It has a 4096-bit bus instead of the standard 3072-bit bus and 6MB L2 cache instead of the standard 4.5MB L2 cache.
This variant uses 8-High HBM2 stacks instead of 4-High.
Will Nvidia release this GPU to the market? that we don’t know of yet.
The giveaway cards went to researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science, DFKI, Beijing University, Stanford University, Tsinghua University, University of Toronto, University of Tokyo, and University of Washington.
“There’s all kinds of research being done here,” Huang said. “As someone who benefits from your work, as a person who is going to enjoy the incredible research you guys do — solving some of the world’s grand challenges — and to be able to witness artificial intelligence happen in my lifetime, I want to thank all of you guys for that. You guys bring me so much joy.”