Coronavirus: Nvidia cancels GTC 2020, yet online keynote on Ampere

Nvidia has canceled its GPU Technology Conference due to the coronavirus spread in the Bay Area – at least as a live event. Nevertheless, the company wants to stream a "keynote" from Nvidia boss Jensen Huang, announce important announcements and ensure that the scheduled speakers can make their lectures available online. This emerges from a circular mail to registered conference participants. The latter also promises Nvidia a "full refund" of the registration fees.

At the end of 2019, a new disease began to develop in China, the COVID-19 triggered by a new type of coronavirus. Quarantine measures to contain the virus lead to production downtimes and increasingly serious consequences for the economy. A number of major events were therefore canceled.

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Nvidia plans to present its upcoming GPU architecture at GTC 2020, which will be traded under the code name "Ampere". Should Nvidia boss Huang stream his online keynote at the originally scheduled time, he should therefore unveil the new GPU architecture on March 23.

It is certain that Nvidia will have the upcoming GPU generation manufactured in the 7 nm process with EUV lithography and can therefore accommodate significantly more computing units in the same area. Ampere initially targets professional areas of application, such as AI and deep learning or high-end visualization. Traditionally, Nvidia therefore initially announces professional computing cards from the Tesla series.

Some supercomputer operators are waiting for Nvidia's new generation of GPUs, such as Forschungszentrum Jülich.

(Photo: Research Center Jülich / Ralf-Uwe Limbach)

Supercomputer operators and data centers, such as Forschungszentrum Jülich, are preferred for delivery. The upcoming Nvidia GPU wants to use this for the new Booster 2 module. Accordingly, Ampere will be tailored to faster processing of particularly large amounts of data – it is likely, for example, that the highly specialized tensor cores will be expanded.

The cancellation of the GPU Technology Conference is part of a long list of events that have been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus spread – such as the Game Developers Conference, which was also originally scheduled for March, and Facebook's developer conference f8.


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