NVIDIA has beat AMD to market on HBM2 with their announcement of availability of their latest data center accelerator, the Tesla P100, which as it stands is the world’s first HBM2-powered add-in-card. If you remember AMD pioneered HBM technology with its Fury line of graphics cards.
NVIDIA calls the Tesla P100 the world’s most advanced data center accelerator made for workloads such as “Artificial intelligence for self-driving cars. Predicting our climate’s future. A new drug to treat cancer.” NVIDIA’s green graphics show an almost 50x increase in computing power from 8x Tesla P100 accelerators when compared to a dual CPU server based on Intel’s Xeon E5-2698 V3. NVIDIA also explains that a single GPU-accelerated node powered by four Tesla P100s – interconnected with PCIe – can replace up to 32 commodity CPU nodes for a variety of applications – saving up to 70% in overall data center costs.