Nvidia launches CPU, touts uptake of Clara AGX kit

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At this week's online Nvidia GPU Technology Conference (GTC), graphics processing unit (GPU) technology developer Nvidia launched its first central processing unit (CPU) specifically for giant-scale artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing tasks and highlighted the increasing uptake of its Clara AGX kit for the development of AI-enabled medical instruments.

Called Grace after computer programming pioneer Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, the new CPU is a highly specialized processor targeting the most data-intensive applications in high-performance computing and AI. The company believes that when coupled with NVIDIA GPUs, a Grace-based computer will deliver 10-times faster performance than today's state-of-the-art Nvidia DGX-based systems, which run on x86 CPUs from Intel.

Market observers saw the introduction of Grace as a competitive move against Intel, which supplies most of the CPUs on the market. The new Grace CPUs will be based on technology from Arm Holdings, a chip architecture licensing company that Nvidia agreed to acquire last year.

Meanwhile, the Clara AGX kit helps researchers incorporate AI into software-based instruments like ultrasound and endoscopes, the company said. Nvidia Clara AGX provides high-bandwidth signal processing, computing reconstruction, AI processing, and 3D visualization. Its design is based on the company's Jetson AGX Xavier developer kit, and it features Nvidia's RTX 6000 GPU and its Mellanox ConnectX-6 SmartNIC.

Nvidia's new AGX AI platform for medical devices. Image courtesy of Nvidia.Nvidia's new AGX AI platform for medical devices. Image courtesy of Nvidia.

Carestream Health is exploring the use of Clara AGX for x-ray applications, and a number of startups are using it as well, including Activ Surgical, AJA Video Systems, Kaliber Labs, Kaya Instruments, Subtle Medical, and Us4us, according to the firm.

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