Ian Buck said that they are seeing more and more systems are being used for AI exclusively. Facebook for the first time showed up on the TOP500 list. Facebook/NVIDIA is also in the top 10 for the Green500. They have built their own AI supercomputer for doing AI research. Yahoo Japan was also on the list for AI. NVIDIA's traditional HPC customers are looking at doing AI and HPC together. NIVIDA is working right now on the next generation US supercomputer, the Summit, which will not only be a 200 Petaflops supercomputer, putting it easily at the number one spot, but will also be a 3 exaflops AI supercomputer. Summit will be built on NVIDIA's next generation GPUs, a multi-based architecture.
Ian Buck also talked about the new NVIDIA's Volta accelerators. They will be coming to market in Q3 and Q4 of 2017. They come in 2 form factors. The first one is the NV link module with the Volta accelerator in the middle. It is a 16-gigabyte accelerator, called Tesla V100. The NV link module allows the GPUs to work together with 300 gigabytes/second of memory bandwidth in each GPU. The second one is the PCIe version. This is the same processor, the same V100 but in a standard PCIe form factor with a standard PCIe connector which could basically fit in any HPC system from HPE, Dell/EMC, Cray, Lenovo and IBM.
Ian Buck was excited to bring these new GPUs to market. He expected the service will be available in Q4 of 2017.