Helena Lyng Blak
8 weeks ago

NVIDIA unveils the Blackwell platform: "Powering a new era of computing"

NVIDIA has announced its newest products to fuel AI at the "Woodstock for AI" conference.
Nvidia logo and sign on headquarters.
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The NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference, dubbed the "Woodstock festival for AI developers" by Bank of America due to its significance in the generative AI field, commenced yesterday, attracting as many as 300,000 attendees.

Here, on Monday, NVIDIA announced the arrival of the Blackwell platform.

According to NVIDIA, the Blackwell GPU architecture "features six transformative technologies for accelerated computing, which will help unlock breakthroughs in data processing, engineering simulation, electronic design automation, computer-aided drug design, quantum computing, and generative AI."

NVIDIA expects industry giants such as Amazon Web Services, Google, Meta, Microsoft, and Tesla to adopt the platform.

"Scaling services like Search and Gmail to billions of users has taught us a lot about managing compute infrastructure. As we enter the AI platform shift, we continue to invest deeply in infrastructure for our own products and services, and for our Cloud customers," said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google.

The GPU AI platform is named in honor of David Harold Blackwell, an American mathematician noted for his contributions to game theory, probability theory, information theory, and statistics. He was also the first Black scholar inducted into the US National Academy of Sciences, as NVIDIA highlights.

According to McKinsey, Black Americans constitute about 12% of the US workforce and 8% of employees in the tech industry. According to GlobalData, about 2.4% of NVIDIA's US workforce consisted of Black and African American employees as of 2022, which has doubled since 2020.

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