[Beowulf] nVidia revealed as evil

INKozin i.n.kozin at googlemail.com
Sat Jan 6 04:06:51 PST 2018

Indeed, it was the reverse until recently but P100 is compute
capability 6.0, the latest GTX cards are 6.1 but V100 is already 7.
Performance-wise P100 is reasonably close to commodity cards on the
Tensorflow benchmarks (especially on 1 or 2 cards).
I don't have figures at hand but currently V100 is not too far from
them either as far as Deep Learning tasks are concerned.
This may change when TF moves to CUDA 9 and cuDNN 7 in the next release.

On 6 January 2018 at 00:43, Gerald Henriksen <ghenriks at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Jan 2018 22:52:19 +0000, you wrote:
>>There has been a conversation going on on the AMBER mailing list for some time, related to this and specifically to the Volta card in some way, since AMBER performs best on the consumer grade stuff and doesn’t require the enterprise class features (I guess the reason for the performance difference is that the next gen consumer cards come out first?).
> Actually, the consumer cards (at least for the last generation or so)
> have been released last.
> Volta has not yet been released in a consumer form - the cheapest
> available so far is the Titan V (direct from Nvidia only) at $3k I
> believe.  Speculation is that consumer Volta may come out this year,
> but there is no pressure on Nvidia given AMD's troubles in the GPU
> market.
> The big difference is that of course most of the work is being done on
> consumer hardware because that's what the developers and researchers
> can afford.  Secondarily, the new feature Volta offers is still to
> recent to be properly supported (and some software may get no benefit
> from it) because affordable hardware isn't yet available to allow
> developer access to the new Tensor cores that Volta offers.
>>Anyhow, I spoke to an NVIDIA rep about it at SC17 and he kind of said “we are happy you’re buying whatever chip of ours). I said, sure, maybe, but I understand you’re putting the screws to the systems vendors so how are we supposed to buy them. Didn’t get a real concrete answer.
> I would think if Nvidia isn't careful this could provide an opening
> for AMD.
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