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NVIDIA partners releasing data centre solutions powered by the NVIDIA Grace CPU

By Ken Wong - on 24 May 2022, 2:37pm

NVIDIA partners releasing data centre solutions powered by the NVIDIA Grace CPU

NVIDIA's vision of the data centre is built around the CPU, GPU, and DPU. Image source: NVIDIA.

According to NVIDIA, we are set to see the first solutions based on the company’s Grace and Grace Hopper coming from partners spanning workloads from digital twins, AI, high-performance computing, cloud graphics and gaming.

NVIDIA’s data centre roadmap is built around the GPU, DPU and CPU, each with a two-year refresh rate swapping focus between x86 and ARM to better meet customer and market needs, all designed around a single architecture.

Starting from the first half of 2023, we can expect to see Grace powered systems from partners like ASUS, Foxconn Industrial Internet, GIGABYTE, QCT, Supermicro and Wiwynn with Grace on schedule to begin shipping next year NVIDIA said.  

The Grace and Grace Hopper Superchips. Image source: NVIDIA.

The NVIDIA Grace CPU Superchip is the company's first CPU-only Arm chip designed for the data centre and is two CPU chips connected on the motherboard, while the NVIDIA Grace Hopper CPU Superchip combines a Hopper GPU and a Grace GPU on the same board.

Both are connected over a high-speed, low-latency, chip-to-chip interconnect called NVLink-C2C.

The four reference designs for data centre solutions. Image source: NVIDIA.

NVIDIA announced four Grace based reference designs based around data centre workloads. These are:

  • NVIDIA HGX Grace Hopper systems for AI training, inference and HPC are available with the Grace Hopper Superchip and NVIDIA BlueField-3 DPUs.
  • NVIDIA HGX Grace systems for HPC and supercomputing feature the CPU-only design with Grace CPU Superchip and BlueField-3.
  • NVIDIA OVX systems for digital twins and collaboration workloads feature the Grace CPU Superchip, BlueField-3 and NVIDIA GPUs.
  • NVIDIA CGX systems for cloud graphics and gaming feature the Grace CPU Superchip, BlueField-3 and NVIDIA A16 GPUs.

Only Grace Hopper will support NVLink-C2C. Image source: NVIDIA.

The company announced the launch of the HGX Grace and HGX Grace Hopper high-density server reference designs for partners, that come based around a 1U and 2U high standard server so partners can easily modify the reference designs based on their requirements to quickly spin up Grace-based servers. However, support for NVLink-C2C will only be available with the HGX Grace Hopper servers.

NVIDIA already has CGX, OVX, and HGX systems available with x86 CPUs so it will be interesting to see how they perform compared to their Grace and Grace Hopper counterparts when they arrive in 2023.

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