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Flagship Nvidia Blackwell Cupboard With 72 Chips to Promote for $3 Million


A brand new report from Taiwan sheds some gentle on Nvidia’s launch plans for its upcoming Blackwell structure. The corporate first revealed the {hardware} again in March however was gentle on particulars on when it would arrive and in what configurations. This new report provides a number of particulars concerning Nvidia’s launch plans, together with that the flagship configuration will probably be a 72-chip cupboard that may reportedly promote for a whopping $3 million.

The brand new report comes from Taiwan Financial Day by day, and it outlines Nvidia’s technique to proceed its dominance of the AI market with Blackwell. The positioning stories Nvidia will start manufacturing of Blackwell within the second half of 2024 and enter the market in earnest in 2025 with the objective of transport 40,000 items by subsequent yr, which appears low to us. Nevertheless, Nvidia’s volumes could be decrease for Blackwell in comparison with Hopper, because it’s not promoting particular person chips however complete programs as an alternative. In accordance to Wccftech, Nvidia will provide three Blackwell configurations: NVL72, NVL36, and HGX B200.

GB200 compute tray

The high-end Blackwell choices are cupboards stuffed with “compute trays” with parallelism on the forefront.
Credit score: Nvidia

The NVL72 is the flagship providing for Blackwell (prime), and it comes as a liquid-cooled cupboard with 36 dual-GPU Grace Blackwell “superchips,” for a complete of 72 Blackwell GPUs and 36 Grace CPUs. Every GPU is related through a 10TB/s interconnect to permit them to perform as a single GPU, and is then related to the Grace CPU with a 1.8TB/s hyperlink as nicely. Nvidia says NVL72 will provide 30x the efficiency of the identical variety of H100 GPUs whereas utilizing 25x much less vitality. The NVL36 will provide roughly half the {hardware} of its massive brother, the NVL72, with 36 GPUs and 18 CPUs.

The GBX 200 appears to be the baseline configuration, as Nvidia says it is a server board with eight B200 GPUs related through NVLink. It additionally helps networking speeds as much as 400Gb/s with its Quantum-2 InfiniBand and Spectrum-X Ethernet networking applied sciences. Foxconn and Quanta are reportedly manufacturing the cupboards and boards for Nvidia, with TSMC making the silicon. The partnerships are anticipated to supply a serious windfall for all concerned, as demand for Blackwell will possible exceed provide for fairly a while, if previous is precedent.

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