Here’s another sign that NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang’s GTC 2020 keynote could focus mainly on data center and other professional, non-gaming applications. Hardware leaker @KOMACHI_ENSAKA has discovered a new trademark application on JUSTIA for a DGX A100, the newest incarnation of NVIDIA’s AI workstation for data science teams. As pointed out by VideoCardz, the naming convention (which is new) would suggest that it’s powered by the company’s newest architecture, Ampere.
NVIDIA DGX A100🤔— 比屋定さんの戯れ言@Komachi (@KOMACHI_ENSAKA) May 3, 2020
“A new entry has been discovered in Justia trademark database, where NVIDIA has filed an application for the DGX A100 trademark,” reported VideoCardz. “NVIDIA has not used such a product name before, so the DGX-1, and DGX-2 will likely not succeeded by DGX-3 but DGX A100 instead. Luckily for us, the new name format basically reveals the name of the processor.”
“The ‘A100’ directly refers to Tesla A100, the computing processor based on GA100 GPU. None of these Ampere devices have been confirmed by NVIDIA. Details on the new DGX are scarce, but we expect at least 8 Tesla A100 computing processors in the system. The transistor count per GPU will likely increase due to a smaller fabrication node (expected to be either 8 nm or 7 nm).”
We’ll find out a lot more about Ampere when NVIDIA uploads Huang’s pre-recorded GTC 2020 keynote on May 14. Unfortunately, there’s a good possibility that the company’s gaming announcements (e.g., the rumored RTX 3000 series) will be reserved for a future event.