NVIDIA’s executive keynote introduced the future of competitive gaming hardware and AI-infused services.
NVIDIA today delivered an informative virtual keynote at COMPUTEX 2021. The virtual presentation, entitled “The Transformational Power of Accelerated Computing, from Gaming to the Enterprise Data Center,” was one of the most anticipated highlights of the trade show, organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).
The keynote was delivered by Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of NVIDIA’s GeForce Business Unit, and Manuvir Das, head of enterprise computing. Fisher opened the keynote with a heartfelt shout-out to Taiwan, home of the world-renowned expo.
“We miss Taiwan and wish we could be there in person for COMPUTEX,” Fisher said. “So, we created Taipei City in Microsoft Flight Sim and flew in virtually on a GeForce RTX 3080 (Ti).”
Faster GPUs enable better entertainment
NVIDIA took the opportunity to officially unveil the RTX 3080 Ti, the company’s latest flagship gaming graphics processing unit (GPU) which is claimed to be 1.5x faster than its predecessor. The GPU is capable of running the latest games with nearly photorealistic graphics while maintaining seamless performance.
Fisher proudly touched on how the company’s RTX technologies have also transformed entertainment for 150 million creators, broadcasters and students alike, making RTX the new industry standard.
NVIDIA’s most notable progress, according to Fisher, was in further integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into the company’s hardware. This has enabled a reduction in power consumption while retaining the same high level of graphics performance in similar models.
Democratize AI by Bringing its Transformative Power to Every Company and Its Customers
Regarding AI, Das began by outlining NVIDIA’s three primary goals regarding the use of the technology: AI in every application, AI in every data center and AI in every product.
As a result of the technology’s rapid development, Das said he is convinced that current and future applications must be infused with AI, or they will fall behind.
“Taiwan has always been a special place for NVIDIA,” Das said. “From system builders and solution providers, to universities and the government, all have partnered with us.”
Together, NVIDIA and its partners have laid the foundation for a new computing model based on AI, which, at its simplest, is defined as software that writes software, he said.
This foundation aptly includes GPUs deployed in the cloud and in data centers, areas in which NVIDIA is an industry powerhouse. Many of our NVIDIA Certified program partners are from Taiwan, including Advantech, Altos, ASRock Rack, ASUS, GIGABYTE, QCT, Wiwynn and you will see more in the coming future.
Das explained that the company developed the NVIDIA Certified program for servers that incorporate GPU acceleration. The program was designed to help system manufacturers create AI-optimized designs and to ensure system reliability for customers.
In the future, the NVIDIA Certified program would expand its reach with NVIDIA BlueField Data Processing Units (DPUs), an essential component for handling massive amounts of data.
“Going forward … the DPU will be an essential component of every server, in the data center and at the edge,” Das said.