At its GPU Technology Conference this week, Nvidia took the wraps off a new DGX-2 system it claims is the first to offer multi-petaflop performance in a single server, thus greatly reducing the footprint to get to true high-performance computing (HPC).
DGX-2 comes just seven months after the DGX-1 was introduced, although it won’t ship until the third quarter. However, Nvidia claims it has 10 times the compute power as the previous generation thanks to twice the number of GPUs, much more memory per GPU, faster memory, and a faster GPU interconnect.
The DGX-2 uses a Tesla V100 CPU, the top of the line for Nvidia’s HPC and artificial intelligence-based cards. With the DGX-2, it has doubled the on-board memory to 32GB. Nvidia claims the DGX-2 is the world’s first single physical server with enough computing power to deliver two petaflops, a level of performance usually delivered by hundreds of servers networked into clusters.