Skip to comments.Nvidia Develops High-Performance ARM-Based "Boulder" Microprocessor - Report.
Posted on 09/23/2012 8:05:29 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
It is not a secret that Nvidia is already working on project Denver, an Nvidia high-performance central processing unit (CPU) running the ARM instruction set, which will be fully integrated on the same chip as an Nvidia graphics processing unit (GPU). The first implementation of project Denver is code-named Maxwell graphics
Denver and Maxwell fit perfectly into Nvidia's Echelon extreme-scale
Nvidia's Denver/Maxwell will allow running an operating system directly on GPU (or CPU-on-GPU) chip sometimes in 2014. Considering the fact that Denver is a 64-bit ARMv8-compatible architecture, it should offer pretty high compute performance. Apparently, this is not enough for Nvidia, which is why it is also designing Boulder, an ultra-high performance system-on-chip with 8-16+ "fat" ARM-compatible cores as well as high-bandwidth interconnects and I/O, reports Bright Side of News web-site.
Boulder, which is also due in 2014, is said to be aimed at AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon chips in environments where their x86 nature does not matter much, e.g., high-performance computing. Essentially, Nvidia wants HPC servers featuring Tesla compute accelerators to use Boulder instead of traditional x86 central processing units to perform "serial" tasks.
At present, nothing particular is known about Boulder, but its alleged difference from Denver suggests that this will be a high-performance architecture with high-end execution units, massive multi-level, multi-MB caches; advanced branch-predictors; extremely efficient dispatch; advanced scheduling and other features today found on advanced x86 central processing units.
Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.
GPUs, the most powerful processor in your pc.
Nvidia has CUDA and AMD is promoting OpenCL and their Nest Generation Computing architecture for their new GPUs .