NVIDIA Unveils World's Fastest Accelerator for Data Analytics and Scientific Computing

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- (Marketwired) -- Nov 17, 2014 -- NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today unveiled a new addition to the NVIDIA® Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform: the Tesla® K80 dual-GPU accelerator, the world's highest performance accelerator designed for a wide range of machine learning, data analytics, scientific, and high performance computing (HPC) applications.

The Tesla K80 dual-GPU is the new flagship offering of the Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform, the leading platform for accelerating data analytics and scientific computing. It combines the world's fastest GPU accelerators, the widely used CUDA parallel computing model, and a comprehensive ecosystem of software developers, software vendors, and datacenter system OEMs.

The Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator delivers nearly two times higher performance and double the memory bandwidth of its predecessor, the Tesla K40 GPU accelerator. With ten times higher performance than today's fastest CPU, it outperforms CPUs and competing accelerators on hundreds of complex analytics and large, computationally intensive scientific computing applications.

Users can unlock the untapped performance of a broad range of applications with the accelerator's enhanced version of NVIDIA GPU Boost™ technology (PDF), which dynamically converts power headroom into the optimal performance boost for each individual application.

Industry-Leading Performance for Science, Data Analytics, Machine Learning
The Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator was designed with the most difficult computational challenges in mind, ranging from astrophysics, genomics and quantum chemistry to data analytics. It is also optimized for advanced deep learning tasks, one of the fastest growing segments of the machine learning field.

"NVIDIA GPUs have become the de facto computing platform for the deep learning community," said Yann LeCun, director of AI Research at Facebook, and Silver Professor of Computer Science & Neural Science at New York University. "Because the accuracy of deep learning systems improves as the models and datasets get larger, we always look for the fastest hardware we can find. The Tesla K80 accelerator, with its dual-GPU architecture and large memory, gives us more teraflops and more GB than ever before from a single server, allowing us to make faster progress in deep learning."

The Tesla K80 delivers up to 8.74 teraflops single-precision and up to 2.91 teraflops double-precision peak floating point performance, and10 times higher performance than today's fastest CPUs on leading science and engineering applications, such as AMBER, GROMACS, Quantum Espresso and LSMS.

"The Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerators are up to 10 times faster than CPUs when enabling scientific breakthroughs in some of our key applications, and provide a low energy footprint," said Wolfgang Nagel, director of the Center for Information Services and HPC at Technische Universität Dresden in Germany. "Our researchers use the available GPU resources on the Taurus supercomputer extensively to enable a more refined cancer therapy, understand cells by watching them live, and study asteroids as part of ESA's Rosetta mission."

Key features of the Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator include:

  • Two GPUs per board - Doubles throughput of applications designed to take advantage of multiple GPUs.
  • 24GB of ultra-fast GDDR5 memory - 12GB of memory per GPU, 2x more memory than Tesla K40 GPU, allows users to process 2x larger datasets.
  • 480GB/s memory bandwidth - Increased data throughput allows data scientists to crunch though petabytes of information in half the time compared to the Tesla K10 accelerator. Optimized for energy exploration, video and image processing, and data analytics applications.
  • 4,992 CUDA® parallel processing cores - Accelerates applications by up to 10x compared to using a CPU alone.
  • Dynamic NVIDIA GPU Boost Technology - Dynamically scales GPU clocks based on the characteristics of individual applications for maximum performance.
  • Dynamic Parallelism - Enables GPU threads to dynamically spawn new threads, enabling users to quickly and easily crunch through adaptive and dynamic data structures.

The Tesla K80 accelerates the broadest range of scientific, engineering, commercial and enterprise HPC and data center applications -- more than 280 in all. The complete catalog of GPU-accelerated applications (PDF) is available as a free download.

More information about the Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator is available at NVIDIA booth 1727 at SC14, Nov. 17-20, and on the NVIDIA high performance computing website.

Users can also try the Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator for free on remotely hosted clusters. Visit the GPU Test Drive website for more information.

Shipping today, the NVIDIA Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator will be available from a variety of server manufacturers, including ASUS, Bull, Cirrascale, Cray, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, Inspur, Penguin, Quanta, Sugon, Supermicro and Tyan, as well as from NVIDIA reseller partners.

About the Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform
The Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform is designed from the ground up for power-efficient, high performance computing, computational science, supercomputing, enterprise, complex data analytics and machine learning applications. It delivers dramatically higher performance and energy efficiency than a CPU-only approach. The platform deeply integrates the world's fastest GPU accelerators, development tools, high-speed communication technology, a supported ecosystem and NVIDIA CUDA, the world's most pervasive parallel computing model.

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Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the impact, performance, features, benefits and availability of the NVIDIA Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: global economic conditions; our reliance on third parties to manufacture, assemble, package and test our products; the impact of technological development and competition; development of new products and technologies or enhancements to our existing product and technologies; market acceptance of our products or our partners' products; design, manufacturing or software defects; changes in consumer preferences or demands; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated into systems; as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including its Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended July 27, 2014. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on the company's website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

© 2014 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved. NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, Tesla, CUDA and NVIDIA GPU Boost are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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