NVIDIA's Volta GPU Launches In 2016, Delivers 1TB/s Of Memory Bandwidth
NVIDIA has always been a forward-thinking company, and that was never more apparent than during today's keynote at the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was visibly anxious to unveil the company's Volta, their upcoming GPU targeted for a 2016 release. "Volta is going to solve one of the biggest challenges facing GPUs today, which is access to memory bandwidth. We never seem to have enough!" Huang told the attendees. "This is unbelievable stuff." Unbelievable indeed. The Volta GPU will introduce stacked DRAM (dynamic random access memory). On a technical level, this is accomplished by having multiple layers of DRAM stacked atop each other on the same silica substrate, then drilling a hole through the silicon and connecting each layer. But what does this mean in layman's terms for graphic artists, video editors, animators and gaming enthusiasts? 1 terabyte per second of memory bandwidth. 1TB/s of memory bandwidth means you could move the contents of a jam-packed Blu-ray disc through the chip in a mere 1/50th of a second. Consider that NVIDIA's Titan GPU -- its latest high-end graphics card -- can handle about 288GB/s, and you can only imagine the positive implications for a wide range of people depending on graphics processing horsepower, from game developers to graphic artists. Obviously it's too soon to expect a price tag or firm release date, but NVIDIA's GPU roadmap looks exciting. Stay tuned for more coverage from NVIDIA's GPU Technology conference. I'll also be uploading video of the entire keynote speech later this evening.