Self-learn­ing with Volta

NVIDIA’s Volta GPU ar­chi­tec­ture to power DRIVE PX Xavier A.I. car su­per­com­puter.

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With NVIDIA’s next-gen­er­a­tion Volta GPU ar­chi­tec­ture now out of the bag, the com­pany an­nounced DRIVE PX Xavier, its new A.I. automotive su­per­com­puter that is de­signed for use in self-driv­ing cars.

“This is the great­est SoC en­deavor I have ever known, and we have been build­ing chips for a very long time,” Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, said to the at­ten­dees at the GPU Tech­nol­ogy Con­fer­ence (GTC) Europe this year.

Xavier is the lat­est SoC to be based on the new Volta GPU ar­chi­tec­ture. It fea­tures a cus­tom 8-core CPU ar­chi­tec­ture, and a new com­puter vi­sion ac­cel­er­a­tor ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing up to 20 TOPS (tril­lion op­er­a­tions per sec­ond) of per­for­mance, all while con­sum­ing only 20W of power. Much like its desk­top GPU coun­ter­parts, Xavier packs seven bil­lion tran­sis­tors, and is man­u­fac­tured on a 16nm FinFET die lithog­ra­phy. Volta it­self was an­nounced dur­ing the com­pany’s in­au­gu­ral GTC 2017 in San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia ear­lier last month, and is the most ad­vanced GPU that NVIDIA has built to-date.

Cre­at­ing an A.I. for a self-driv­ing car can be te­dious, and the SoC that pow­ers the brain of an au­to­mo­bile’s A.I. su­per­com­puter re­quires an in­cred­i­ble amount of com­putein­tense pro­cesses. As the realm of self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles be­come in­creas­ingly more mis­sion-crit­i­cal, faster and smarter A.I. su­per­com­put­ers are nec­es­sary in or­der for a ve­hi­cle to learn how to nav­i­gate its way in and around a des­ig­nated perime­ter.

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