Nvidia unveils Fermi-based Tesla GPUs

By on November 16, 2009, 3:40 PM
Nvidia has unveiled new Fermi-based Tesla products, the Tesla 20 series GPUs, which are aimed at the high-performance computing market. Designed for parallel computing, the company said its Tesla 20 series graphics chips reduce the cost of computing by delivering the same performance of a traditional CPU-based cluster at one-tenth the expense and one-twentieth the power consumption.

Nvidia's Tesla 20 series chips are reportedly equipped with features that speed up many applications, such as ray tracing, 3D cloud computing, video encoding, database search, data analytics, computer-aided engineering, and virus scanning. The new GPUs will also combine various parallel computing features that have never been incorporated on a single device before.

Among the features is support for the next-generation IEEE 754-2008 double precision floating point standard, ECC, multi-level cache hierarchy with L1 and L2 caches, and support for the C++ programming language. The Tesla 20 series also supports as much as one terabyte of memory, concurrent kernel execution, fast context switching, 10x faster atomic instructions, 64-bit virtual address space, system calls, and recursive functions.

Nvidia's new graphics lineup will consist of the Tesla C2050 and C2070, as well as the S2050 and S2070. The first two will be workstation-friendly single GPU PCIe 2.0 cards with up to 3GB and 6GB of GDDR5 memory and performance in the range of 520GFlops to 630GFlops. The latter two will be aimed at datacenters, boasting four GPUs, up to 12GB and 24GB of GDDR5 memory, and a performance of 2.1TFlops to 2.5TFlops.

In order of mention, the Tesla 20 series GPUs will cost $2,499, $3,999, $12,995, and $18,995 -- all will arrive in the second quarter of 2010.

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red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

at least this one doesn't seem to have wood screws holding it together.

poundsmack said:

the future is looks bright for nvidia

raybay said:

Well, it is not that sure what the nVidia future is like... but we wish them well as they go through their travails.

Technochicken Technochicken, TechSpot Paladin, said:

If the first two are aimed at high power workstations, then isn't nVidia competing with itself? They already has the Quadro series for workstations, and I'm sure they will update that line when the new GPU is released.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

These cards are more for render farms than desktop computing right? I'm guessing in this direction because with all the memory that these cards come with, a single DVI connector looks inadequate for a Quadro type replacement. (Unless it's one of those weird ones that have an octopus cable adapter.)

Guest said:

Nvidia's future is dictated by the current state of the world economy.

Guest said:

Nvidia should partner up with Vray / MentalRay people to help those engines render faster. They need to release more specific information before I set a budget for next year!

Timonius Timonius said:

Oh man, I wish that I could wish that I could afford one of these babies! Suh-weeeeet!

BlindObject said:

If they only made such art for gaming...

Guest said:

Anyone want to comment on the statement that there will come in Q2 2010? That's... pretty late!

Guest said:

these are way tooo cheap to be a part of my PC

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

"one terabyte of memory"? That's a lot.

Also, I agree Q2 sounds a little late, and they haven't yet released any info of their consumer level chips. Hopefully that's coming soon.

Puiu Puiu said:

I was expecting them to have more than 2.5 TFLOPs. Doesn't AMD's 5870 have 2.72 TFLOPs? Let's just hope that the 300 series will be good enough to compete with the 5000 series. I want those high prices of dx11 cards to drop a bit before i buy something.

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