AMD CTO, Mark Papermaster has confirmed that the company will be launching its first CDNA based compute card, the Radeon Instinct MI100 “Arcturus” in the second half of 2020. Like the 1st Gen Navi parts, Arcturus based on CDNA won’t be that different from the preceding GCN based design (Vega), and will likely be a fine-tuned design for data-centers and AI/HPC acceleration.
Where RDNA focuses on latency-sensitive applications like gaming by shortening the dispatch queues and execution cycles, CNDA builds on the legacy of GCN by further improving the compute engine of the Vega design.
The Radeon Instinct MI100 will go up against NVIDIA’s newly launched A100 Tensor Core GPUs, a formidable competitor indeed. Looking at AMD’s previous strategy, it’s likely we’ll see a slightly slower product, albeit with much more competitive pricing. The MI100 launch is expected sometime in Q4, alongside the 3rd Gen Epyc server chips.