NVIDIA Launches Two Brand New Ampere Tensor Core GPUs: A10 24 GB GDDR6 & A30 24 GB HBM2 For Datacenter

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In addition to all the CPU & GPU announcements, NVIDIA is also launching today its brand new Ampere-based A10 and A30 Tensor Core GPUs. The two GPUs are aimed at data centers & are mostly geared towards virtualization platforms.

NVIDIA Ampere A10 24 GB GDDR6 & A30 24 GB HBM2 Tensor Core CPUs Launched

What's interesting about these brand new Tensor Core GPUs are their specifications. The A10 is using the GA102 GPU while the A30 is making use of the GA100 GPU. While both of these will be Ampere-based, the memory subsystem for both GPUs will be very different with the A10 offering GDDR6 and the A30 going with the standard HBM2 memory standard for data centers. So let's take a detailed look at the specifications.

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NVIDIA A10 Ampere Tensor Core GPU

The NVIDIA A10 Tensor Core GPU is powered by the GA102-890 SKU. It features 72 SMs for a total of 9216 CUDA Cores. The GPU operates at a base clock of 885 MHz and boosts up to 1695 MHz. It features PCIe Gen 4.0 compliance and in terms of memory, the GPU features 24 GB GDDR6 VRAM which operates at 12.5 Gbps across a 384-bit wide bus interface. The GPU delivers a bandwidth of 600 GB/s.

As for the design of the card, it makes use of a champagne gold-colored shroud which comes in a single-slot, full-length form factor. Since this is a passively cooled card, there is no fan on it & power is provided through a single 8-pin connector with the card running off a single 8-pin connector to meet its 150W TDP demand. In terms of performance, the NVIDIA A10 Tensor Core GPU offers up to 31.2 TF FP32, 62.5 TF TF32, 125 TF BFLOAT16, 250 TOPS INT8, 500 TOPS INT4 & twice the rates with sparsity.

NVIDIA A30 Ampere Tensor Core GPU

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The NVIDIA A30 Tensor Core GPU on the other hand makes use of a GA100 SKU but the exact variant is not known. It seems to be a rather cut-down variant that features a base clock of 930 MHz and a boost clock of up to 1440 MHz. The GPU is equipped with 24 GB of HBM2 VRAM that operates at a speed of 1215 MHz across a 3072-bit wide bus interface. This means that we are looking at only three active HBM2 memory stacks. The stacks deliver up to 933 GB/s of memory bandwidth.

Unlike the A10, the NVIDIA A30 Tensor Core GPU features a dual-slot and full-length design. It is powered by a single 8-pin connector too but has a higher rated TDP of 165W. In terms of performance, the NVIDIA A30 Tensor Core GPU offers up to 5.2 TF FP64, 10.3 TF Peak FP64TF, 10.3 TF FP32, 82 TF TF32, 165 TF BFLOAT16, 330 TOPS INT8, 661 TOPS INT4 & twice the rates with sparsity.

NVIDIA Tensor Core Ampere GPUs
A10 A30
GPU GA102-890 GA100
FP64 5.2 teraFLOPS
FP64 Tensor Core 10.3 teraFLOPS
FP32 31.2 teraFLOPS 10.3 teraFLOPS
TF32 Tensor Core 62.5 teraFLOPS | 125 teraFLOPS* 82 teraFLOPS | 165 teraFLOPS*
BFLOAT16 Tensor Core 125 teraFLOPS | 250 teraFLOPS* 165 teraFLOPS | 330 teraFLOPS*
FP16 Tensor Core 125 teraFLOPS | 250 teraFLOPS* 165 teraFLOPS | 330 teraFLOPS*
INT8 Tensor Core 250 TOPS | 500 TOPS* 330 TOPS | 661 TOPS*
INT4 Tensor Core 500 TOPS | 1,000 TOPS* 661 TOPS | 1321 TOPS*
RT Core 72 RT Cores
Encode/decode 1 encoder
2 decoder (+AV1 decode)
1 optical flow accelerator (OFA)
1 JPEG decoder (NVJPEG)
4 video decoders (NVDEC)
GPU memory 24GB GDDR6 24GB HBM2
GPU memory bandwidth 600GB/s 933GB/s
Interconnect PCIe Gen4 64GB/s PCIe Gen4: 64GB/s
Third-gen NVLINK: 200GB/s**
Form factors Single-slot, full-height, full-length (FHFL) Dual-slot, full-height, full-length (FHFL)
Max thermal design power (TDP) 150W 165W
Multi-Instance GPU (MIG) 4 GPU instances @ 6GB each
2 GPU instances @ 12GB each
1 GPU instance @ 24GB
vGPU software support NVIDIA Virtual PC, NVIDIA Virtual Applications, NVIDIA RTX Virtual
Workstation, NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server
NVIDIA AI Enterprise for VMware
NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server

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NF5280M6: purpose-built for all scenarios, with 2x Intel 3rd Gen intel Xeon Scalable processor and 4x NVIDIA A100/A40/A30/A10 GPUs or 8x NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs in 2U chassis, capable of long-term stable operation at 45°C. The NF5280M6 is equipped with the latest PFR/SGX technology and trusted security module design, which is suitable for demanding AI applications.

Also, Inspur announced the brand-new Inspur M6 AI servers fully support NVIDIA Bluefield- 2 DPUs. Moving forward, Inspur plans to integrate NVIDIA Bluefield- 2 DPUs into its next-generation AI servers, which will enable faster and more efficient management of users and clusters as well as interconnected data access, for scenarios like AI, big data analysis, cloud computing, and virtualization.

Availability

More than 20 NVIDIA-Certified Systems are available now from worldwide computer makers. NVIDIA-Certified Systems featuring NVIDIA A30 and NVIDIA A10 GPUs will be available later this year from manufacturers.

NVIDIA AI Enterprise is available as a perpetual license at $3,595 per CPU socket. Enterprise Business Standard Support for NVIDIA AI Enterprise is $899 annually per license. Customers can apply for early access to NVIDIA AI Enterprise as they plan their upgrades to VMware vSphere 7 Update 2.

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