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AMD Dracarys: a $10,000 Vega 10 with 1TB memory?

Posted on Friday, October 21 2016 @ 13:15:27 CEST by

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Rumor website WCCF Tech claims AMD is working on a pretty wicked video card for the supercomputer market. Codenamed Dracarys, this is reportedly a $10,000 video card based on the Vega10 GPU and equipped with over 1TB of memory! Early prototypes are said to be up an running and the site's sources claim AMD will tease the card at next month's Supercomputing 2016 conference.

If you watch Game of Thrones, you probably know "Dracarys" is a High Valyrian word for "dragon fire". The first development kits are expected next year for around $10,000, with an official Dracarys launch in the second half of 2017 at a lower price point.

There is a caveat though, the card doesn't feature 1TB memory in the traditional sense, it's reportedly a lot like the Radeon Pro SSG, with 16GB HBM2 plus an onboard solid state disk:
However, the storage solution in Dracarys is far more integrated and a lot “closer to the metal” so to speak compared to the Radeon Pro SSG. Which is more like a graphics card and a PCIe SSD integrated into one expansion card. Where there are a few hoops that have to be jumped over for the Fiji GPU to access all of the available storage space on the SSD, rather than having it as a direct pool of memory. In that respect alone, the new Vega 10 powered Dracarys board is very different. Another key difference is the new 20+ FP16 teraflops VEGA 10 graphics engine which has more than double the graphics horsepower of Fiji In the Radeon Pro SSG. Suffice to say, Dracarys is dramatically more potent.



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