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AMD to take on NVIDIA Tesla with Vega-based Radeon Instinct MI25 (UPDATED)

Posted on Monday, December 12 2016 @ 13:45:07 CET by

UPDATE The official Radeon Instinct announcement from AMD is available over here. Here's a copy listing the three models:
  • The Radeon Instinct MI6 accelerator based on the acclaimed Polaris GPU architecture will be a passively cooled inference accelerator optimized for jobs/second/Joule with 5.7 TFLOPS of peak FP16 performance at 150W board power and 16GB of GPU memory
  • The Radeon Instinct MI8 accelerator, harnessing the high-performance, energy-efficient "Fiji" Nano GPU, will be a small form factor HPC and inference accelerator with 8.2 TFLOPS of peak FP16 performance at less than 175W board power and 4GB of High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM)
  • The Radeon Instinct MI25 accelerator will use AMD's next-generation high-performance Vega GPU architecture and is designed for deep learning training, optimized for time-to-solution
  • AMD says all three products will launch in the first half of 2017.

    AMD is trying to gain a foothold in the deep-learning market with the upcoming Radeon Instinct MI25. This is a passively-cooled card based on the upcoming Vega architecture, it offers 25 teraflops of FP16 computing power and 12.5 teraflops of FP16 computing power.

    The MI25 has a typical board power of "under 300W" and according to AMD's leaked slides it's quite a bit faster than NVIDIA's Pascal-based Titan X in DeepBench GEMM. The specifications slide mentions the MI25 has "2x packed math", not sure what this means but it could be that this is a dual-GPU card, which would also explain the long board size.

    Besides the Vega-based MI25, the lineup also includes the Radeon Instinct MI6 and MI8. The latter seems based on the Fiji-powered Radeon R9 Nano, while the MI6 uses a Polaris 10 GPU. The MI6 offers 5.7 teraflops of FP32 computing power while the MI8 pack 8.2 teraflops. Some more slides and estimations can be found at VideoCardz.

    AMD Vega MI25



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