Whereas it was not but an official NVIDIA codename for roadmaps, the identify "Einstein" began rumors a number of occasions early this decade. On the time it was alleged that Einstein was the structure Maxwell would observe within the NVIDIA lineup . And whereas we didn’t hear something new about NVIDIA's future roadmap at this yr's present – or any signal of amps or different 7nm chips – I by chance discovered that the rumors about Einstein had been true. Not less than from a sure angle.
Speaking to the NVIDIA analysis group this morning about a few of their newest initiatives (extra on this later this week when I’ve time), the group talked about earlier analysis initiatives. And because it turned out, Einstein was a type of earlier analysis initiatives.
As a substitute of being a mere rumor, Einstein was truly an actual venture at NVIDIA. Nonetheless, this isn’t an structure in itself, however a analysis GPU that the NVIDIA analysis group labored on. And though this analysis venture beneath the identify Einstein had not borne fruit, it was made beneath a a lot better identified identify: Volta .
Whereas this implies we will take away Einstein from the checklist of potential future NVIDIA architectures, the venture itself was actual and an excellent success for NVIDIA. As Einstein turned Volta's structure, it turned the cornerstone of NVIDIA's present era of server and shopper graphics processors. This contains each the common Volta and the graphically optimized by-product Turing.