It's only a matter of a few more years before self-driving cars take over!
Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO at NVIDIA, said the supercomputer will be the key to the development of self-driving cars and technology that augments human driving.
Huang made the announcement during Nvidia’s press conference at the start of the 2016 International CES (the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week).
Nvidia has withdrawn from the smartphone processor market and is instead focusing its efforts on automotive electronics. The new supercomputer uses a Nvidia Pascal graphics processing unit (GPU) and has 12 central processing units, or CPUs. The supercomputer can handle eight teraflops.
Huang said the supercomputer will lead to safer driving, new mobility services, and the redesign of urban architecture.
“I’ll admit, I didn’t think it would take a water-cooled, 250 watt machine to successfully develop a self-driving car platform, but there a few things we need to keep in mind,” said Patrick Moorhead, analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, in an email. “First, the challenge is enormous and evolving and it takes an enormous amount of compute power and secondly, like all technologies, the power and cooling requirements will go down over time. This is a real sweet spot for Nvidia for many reasons given GPU compute but also visualization.”
Originally published @ VentureBeat.
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