03 November 2017
It seems like the name of NVIDIA’s new lineup of graphics cards has surfaced online. The source comes from a website called Heise.de that claims that the company’s 2018 GPU architecture will be named “Ampere”. The source reports that this will succeed NVIDIA’s current generation of GPUs called Pascal. Apart from the name, no actual details of the upcoming architecture are known. However, considering that this is nothing more than a rumour, it should be taken with a grain of salt.
What is extremely surprising is that NVIDIA’s roadmap reveals nothing about Ampere. In fact, nothing after Volta has been mentioned. Volta did make an appearance at GTC 2017 and has been available since September of this year. If everything goes off well, we expect to see Volta early next year for GeForce and Quadro variants. Well, if Ampere is to show up on the scene and replace Pascal, where does that leave Volta?
Well, maybe the logic behind it is a different GPU for consumers and Al/DL users. This has been done in the past with the implementation of INT8/FP64 and Tensor cores. For instance, the Pascal GP 100 never ever made it to the consumer market. As of now, it’s too early to say Ampere could have in store for us. We do know that Volta will be coming in early 2018. So where does this leave us with Ampere? On very shaky and uncertain grounds as all that has surfaced is a name of what could be NVIDIA’s future GPU architecture.