NVIDIA has unveiled its latest Blackwell GPU and Blackwell platform, a revolutionary architecture designed to supercharge artificial intelligence (AI), particularly generative AI. This marks a significant leap forward in computing power, promising to transform various industries.

“For three decades we’ve pursued accelerated computing, with the goal of enabling transformative breakthroughs like deep learning and AI,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “Generative AI is the defining technology of our time. Blackwell is the engine to power this new industrial revolution. Working with the most dynamic companies in the world, we will realize the promise of AI for every industry.”

  • NVIDIA Blackwell GPU Jensen 3

Unprecedented Performance and Efficiency

At the heart of Blackwell lies the world’s most powerful GPU, boasting a staggering 208 billion transistors. Manufactured using a cutting-edge process, these GPUs deliver exceptional performance while keeping energy consumption low. Notably, costs and energy consumption are reduced by up to 25x compared to previous systems.

Championing Generative AI

Blackwell is specifically designed to excel in generative AI, a technology capable of creating realistic text, images, and even code. The platform features a second-generation Transformer Engine, doubling processing efficiency for handling massive models. This paves the way for advancements in creative fields like design and content creation.

Breakthrough Communication and Security

Blackwell boasts fifth-generation NVLink, enabling seamless communication between multiple GPUs for tackling complex AI tasks. Additionally, 1.8 TB/s bidirectional throughput ensures lightning-fast data exchange crucial for intricate AI models. Security is also prioritized with advanced encryption protocols, safeguarding sensitive information.

A Comprehensive Ecosystem

The impact of Blackwell extends beyond the hardware. NVIDIA is building a robust ecosystem with key players:

  • Cloud Service Providers: Major companies like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure will offer access to Blackwell-powered computing resources.
  • Server Manufacturers: Leading companies like Dell, HP Enterprise, Cisco, Lenovo, and Supermicro will develop servers specifically designed for Blackwell GPUs.
  • Software Developers: Engineering simulation software leaders like Ansys, Cadence, and Synopsys will utilize Blackwell processors to accelerate their tools.
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Blackwell Superchip and Supporting Technologies

The NVIDIA GB200 Grace Blackwell Superchip is a powerful component that combines NVIDIA B200 Tensor Core GPUs with the NVIDIA Grace CPU. This superchip is interconnected by high-speed NVLink technology.

Several other innovative technologies contribute to Blackwell’s performance:

  • RAS Engine: Ensures system uptime and reliability through AI-powered preventative maintenance.
  • Secure AI: Protects AI models and data with advanced encryption.
  • Decompression Engine: Accelerates database queries for data analysis and data science.

NVIDIA Blackwell GPU Partners

Global Network of Partners

A wide range of companies are joining forces with NVIDIA to support the Blackwell platform. This includes cloud service providers, server manufacturers, software developers, and more.

The NVIDIA AI Enterprise suite provides a comprehensive operating system and tools for deploying AI on NVIDIA-accelerated platforms, including NVIDIA NIM inference microservices.

The arrival of Blackwell signifies a new era for AI. With its exceptional performance, lower energy consumption, and focus on generative AI, this platform has the potential to revolutionize various industries. From faster drug discovery to efficient product design, the possibilities are vast.

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