Nvidia CEO Unveils Blackwell. The New AI Platform Could Be a Game Changer.

Nvidia CEO Unveils Blackwell. The New AI Platform Could Be a Game Changer.

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Nvidia CEO Unveils Blackwell. The New AI Platform Could Be a Game Changer.

Nvidia announced its new Blackwell AI Chip architecture at its developers conference on Monday.

Nvidia announced its new Blackwell AI Chip architecture at its developers conference on Monday. (Courtesy Nvidia)

Nvidia’s latest GPUs will dramatically boost the ability for developers to build more advanced AI models.

On Monday, the chip maker announced its next-generation chip architecture called Blackwell and related products, including its latest AI chip called the B200.

The GPU platform, named in honor of mathematician David Harold Blackwell, succeeds the company’s Hopper architecture, which was launched two years ago and helped to send Nvidia’s business – and its stock – soaring.

“Generative AI is the defining technology of our time,” Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said during a keynote address Monday at the company’s developers conference in San Jose. “Blackwell GPUs are the engine to power this new industrial revolution. Working with the most dynamic companies in the world, we will realize the promise of AI for every industry.”

Blackwell GPUs contain 208 billion transistors and can enable AI models that scale up to 10 trillion parameters.

For comparison, OpenAI’s GPT-3 is made up of 175 billion parameters.

Blackwell will be incorporated in Nvidia’s GB200 Grace Blackwell Superchip, which connects two B200 Blackwell GPUs to a Grace CPU. Nvidia didn’t disclose a price.

The new chips are expected to be available later this year. Nvidia said Amazon Web Services, Dell Technologies, Google, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI, and Tesla plan to use Blackwell GPUs.

Nvidia also announced the GB200 NVL72 liquid-cooled rack system, which contains 36 GB200 Grace Blackwell Superchips. The system offers up to 30 times the performance for inference workloads, Nvidia said, compared with its current H100 GPU.

The company also said it will also have a server board, called the HGX B200, that links together eight B200 GPUs.

Nvidia dominates the market for chips used for AI applications and for generative AI. With the higher performance of Blackwell, the chip maker is looking to cement that dominance.

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