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NVIDIA paves the way for Arm-based server processors

NVIDIA introduces its new superchips, which offer a combination of Grace CPU and Hopper GPU chips. These chips enable the entire AI and data center ecosystem to reap the benefits. The team at NVIDIA aims to provide customers with a comprehensive package that allows them to focus on different types of workloads in the industry. This is achieved by integrating CPU GPU into a single design. The Grace Superchips are available as both GPU CPU and CPU-only variants in a 2-chip package.

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However, customers may be limited in some ways, as they are now forced to use either NVIDIA’s Hopper architecture or two CPUs, even if their needs would only require a single chip. However, there are plans by NVIDIA to offer the high-end Grace CPU separately.

Source: NVIDIA

NVIDIA still plans to expand its superchip designs in CPU GPU packages with upcoming architectures such as GH200, GB200 and GX200, according to its current GPU roadmap. However, there is a possibility that the company will make a surprise announcement at the upcoming GTC and introduce the Grace CPU or its successor as a standalone server CPU. At a Wells Fargo event, NVIDIA CFO Colette Kress was asked if the company has plans to offer the Grace architecture as a standalone CPU for the server industry. The official response came with a bit of enthusiasm. Here’s what she had to say:

Is it going to be Grace Hopper, GH200, GH300, whatever the subsequent versions might look like? Or is there just a Grace? Is there a market for just an ARM-based CPU from NVIDIA?

Colette Kress (NVIDIA CFO):

There is an opportunity for just a Grace. There is an opportunity for just Grace. New product scenarios that we could see in the data center, you will likely see opportunities for Grace as well.

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Although no official confirmation has been given by NVIDIA’s CFO, it appears that the company has plans to offer its Grace CPUs separately based on how the industry evolves. The Grace CPU has a total of 144 cores (72 Arm Neoverse V2 per chip) and supports up to 960 GB of LPDDR5X memory with a raw bandwidth of up to 1 TB/s. The combined power consumption is 500 W. Other technical specifications include an L3 cache of 117 MB and 58 Gen5 lanes, all manufactured using the TSMC 4N process node.
Offering Grace CPUs independently could be a major breakthrough for Team Green, especially since their AI products already have a large market share. It would also lead to more competition for x86 solutions from companies like Intel and NVIDIA, as official performance tests have shown that the Grace CPU can compete with the best offerings in the industry in terms of efficiency and performance. NVIDIA is not only eyeing the server market, but also plans to enter the consumer PC market with Arm-based solutions by 2025.



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Wenn es Nvidia ernst damit ist, Grace ARM CPUs alleinstehend für Server anzubieten, könnten sie hier auch mit Ampere (der Firma, die auch ARM Server CPUs anbietet) zusammen arbeiten, und mit dafür sorgen, daß die Patches geschrieben und eingereicht werden, um das Limit im Linux Kernel für die Unterstützung von ARM Prozessor Kernen von derzeit nur 256 deutlich zu erhöhen. Ampere hat ja auch eine 192 Kern ARM CPU vorgestellt, und, zumindest im Moment, können die in Linux deshalb nicht als Dual Socket betrieben werden. Und das würde z.Zt. Nvidias Grace genauso betreffen, da 2 x 144 > 256.

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…plant auch den Eintritt in den PC-Verbrauchermarkt mit Arm-basierten Lösungen bis 2025.

Das lässt hoffen, das Windows on ARM doch noch einmal was wird…

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