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NVIDIA Completely Re-Imagines The Data Center For AI

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An Arm CPU attached to a GPU.

NVIDIA envisions a complete redesign of artificial intelligence systems, with a dedicated Arm CPU attached to each GPU over a fast interconnect providing higher memory bandwidth.

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For 12 years, NVIDIA has used its Spring GPU Technology Conference (GTC) to amaze its customers and investors with new GPUs for graphics and application acceleration. But this year, Founder and CEO Jensen Huang surprised an audience of over 100,000 virtual attendees by announcing not a new GPU but a 2023 Arm-based CPU. NVIDIA believes a custom-designed CPU-GPU platform is the only way it can enable the next generation of hyper-scale Artificial Intelligence and begin to approach the level of computer-based "general intelligence." To this end, NVIDIA announced that the company is developing a platform for AI that connects a forthcoming NVIDIA Arm CPU called Grace, connected to a next-gen GPU over a faster NVLink.

While the company provided few details about Grace itself, let's look into this significant move's underlying motivation. There were many other exciting announcements from NVIDIA, such as the Bluefield 3 DPU and a new platform for Enterprise AI, but for now, let's focus on the big news: Arm.

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