Nvidia recently revealed massive performance gains for its new NeMo AI training framework, boasting up to 4.2x faster large language model throughput versus prior versions, announcement conspicuously precedes AMD’s AI-focused event this week – is Nvidia flexing its software muscles amid mounting competition?
Specifically, the January NeMo update offers rearchitected optimizations, new capabilities and expanded model support to accelerate neural network development on Nvidia’s AI infrastructure.
Comparisons showcase the H200 GPU training Llama 2 over 70% faster than even Nvidia’s mighty A100. Further gains come from software enhancements atop the H200’s already formidable hardware advantages. Nvidia cites achieving 836 teraflops on the H200 for Llama 2 pre-training as evidence.
The release also introduces Fully Sharded Data Parallelism which improves effective memory through per-layer distributed data. A Mixture of Experts feature further boosts model performance without demanding additional memory. And reinforced learning from human feedback sees notable speed-ups as well.
Make no mistake, this strategically timed announcement seems targeted squarely at AMD. Despite no explicit mentions, clearly Nvidia wants to underscore its established software ecosystem alongside bleeding-edge silicon. The subtext seems clear – hardware alone cannot conquer AI.
Nvidia simultaneously guns to protect its AI stronghold while AMD mounts an ambitious challenge. AMD’s forthcoming data center GPUs may pressure Nvidia’s market share, so showcasing unmatched frameworks and model support reaffirms technical leadership.
Still, with AI workloads exploding, there remains ample growth for multiple vendors. AMD’s innovations could further democratize access by delivering affordable AI-optimized chips, market expansion allows new frameworks like NeMo to spread as developers flock to the technology.
Will AMD’s event herald the coming of a credible AI adversary? Or does Nvidia’s software sophistication cement its place at the summit?