|Nvidia Kepler GPU in 2011 and Maxwell GPU in 2013|
|Written by TechReport|
|Wednesday, 22 September 2010|
Nvidia Kepler GPU in 2011 and Maxwell GPU in 2013
The next major GPU architecture from Nvidia, code-named Kepler, is slated for release in 2011, with the first products likely coming in the second half of the year. Kepler will be based on a 28-nanometer fabrication process, and Nvidia intends for it to be nearly three times more efficient, in DP FLOPS per watt, than today's Fermi architecture. Huang noted that such an improvement goes "far beyond" what process technology advances alone can achieve. Changes in the chip architecture, design, and software will contribute to that advance, as well.
The Maxwell architecture will come next, in 2013, and will be produced on a 22-nm fabrication process. Maxwell promises nearly an 8X increase in DP FLOPS per watt beyond today's Fermi chips. Huang noted that, in parallel computing, power is the primary constraint, which is why he chose that metric to describe future architectures... TechReport