AMD announce their first Vega powered GPU accelerator

AMD announce their first Vega powered GPU accelerator

AMD announce their first Vega powered GPU accellerator

AMD announce their first Vega powered GPU accelerator

 
 
It looks like AMD has announced their first Vega powered GPU, the Radeon Instinct MI25 Accelerator. This GPU is said to outperform even Nvidia's GTX Titan X Pascal in deep learning applications.
 
Below is a slide from Videocardz showcasing AMD's new Radeon Instinct series of accelerators, showcasing the Polaris 10 powered MI6, the Fiji powered MI8 and the Vega powered MI25. Many of you will notice that the MI6 has almost 6 TFLOPs of GPU power and the MI8 has almost 9 TFLOPs of GPU power, leaving many to think that the MI25 has around 25TFLOPs of GPU power, which is an incredibly high number for any GPU. 
 
One thing that needs to be explained is that the Vega-powered MI25 has "2X Packed Math", which means that the MI25 name and theoretical 25TFLOPs of GPU power are using FP16/Half-Prescision Compute performance numbers, giving this GPU around 12.5 TFLOPs of FP32/single-prescision compute performance. This closely matches early Vega GPU leaks which listed the GPU as having 24 TFLOPs of half precision compute performance. 

  

AMD announce their first Vega powered GPU accellerator

 

Below is a table comparing these leaked specifications from Vega 10 to the known specification of Polaris 10. We can see there that Vega 10 has almost 2x as many GPU cores as the Polaris 10, though the updated GPU architecture will also give this GPU additional performance when compared to AMD's existing Polaris architecture. 

This table is based on previous leaks and has not been confirmed by AMD at this time.

 

 Polaris 10Vega 10
ArchitectureGFX8GFX9
Compute Units3664
GCN cores per compute unit6464?
GCN Cores Total23044096?
Memory typeGDDR5HBM2
Memory cappacity4GB/8GB16GB
TDP150W225W

 

Right now AMD's Vega architecture is expected to release in the first half of 2017, with an updated architecture which improves upon Polaris and offers additional performance and power efficiency improvements. 

Below is a slide which showcases how AMD can offer a performance advantage over Nvidia in some machine learning applications, as AMD's GPUs can offer some high levels of compute performance when compared to their Nvidia counterparts.

Right now it is hard to tell how AMD's GPUs will perform over a wider range of applications, but it looks like AMD intend on taking some market share from Nvidia in the HPC (High-Performance Compute) market. 

  
AMD announce their first Vega powered GPU accellerator

 

You can join the discussion on AMD's Vega-powered MI25 accelerator on the OC3D Forums.

 

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12-12-2016, 06:38:49

AlienALX
Fantastic name for a GPU. I hope they have something equally cool planned for the desktop variants Quote

12-12-2016, 07:04:06

Firedrops
That beast... is passively cooled?!Quote

12-12-2016, 07:05:27

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Firedrops View Post
That beast... is passively cooled?!
Yes. They are designed to go into servers with about 12 fans in the front and rear before and behind the GPU. A wind tunnel, basically. You could never have one in the same room as you.Quote

12-12-2016, 08:41:40

Warchild
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Yes. They are designed to go into servers with about 12 fans in the front and rear before and behind the GPU. A wind tunnel, basically. You could never have one in the same room as you.
Couple this with the leaked info on their engineering sample of the ZEN architecture with 32cores and 64 threads.... They could be back in business.Quote

12-12-2016, 08:43:26

Chopper3
Comparing a Vega to a Titan X (Pascal) makes no sense - compare it to an NVidia Tesla (Pascal), that's what it's designed to go up against.Quote
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