AMD Radeon RX 7000 GPUs to Feature Machine Learning Chip for Improved AI Upscaling in Games [Report]

AMD’s Radeon RX 7000 graphics cards are set to launch in the third (or fourth) quarter of 2022. Leveraging TSMC’s 5nm process, and a chiplet-based design, these GPUs are slated to be the first consumer offerings to combine multiple dies on the same substrate. Not only that, but they’ll also be the first graphics processors ever to include 3D stacked L3 (Infinity) Cache, much like the Milan-X and Ryzen 7 5800X3D processors. According to Greymon55, AMD’s next-gen RDNA 3 (Navi 3X) graphics cards will also include a machine learning chip, potentially for some form of neural network driven advanced upscaling (much like NVIDIA DLSS and Intel XeSS).

We got to see such a patent last year which described including machine learning accelerators on the cache die (3D stacked L3?). The resulting device is called an Accelerated Processing Device or APD which can be used for both gaming and data center GPUs via different implementations. The method involves configuring a part of the chiplet memory as cache while the other as directly accessible memory.

The sub-portion of the former is then used by the machine learning accelerators on the same chiplet to perform machine learning operations. The patent is very open-ended with respect to its uses, indicating possible use in CPUs, GPUs, or other caching devices, but the primary target appears to be GPUs with several thousand SIMD units.

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One implementation of the APD is configured to accept commands via both graphics and compute pipelines from the command processor, showing the ability to both render graphics as well as compute-intensive workloads required by convolution networks. The APD contains several SIMDs capable of performing vector operations alongside limited scalar and SP tasks similar to existing AMD GPUs.

Some implementations can include matrix multiplication circuits for Tensors, while other implementations can feature cache/machine learning accelerator chiplets on separate physical dies than the APD core fabricated using a more mature node than the core.

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The memory on the ML chiplets can be switched between cache memory for the APD core or as cache/direct memory for storing the input and output results of the operations performed by the ML accelerators. There are options to allow part of the memory to be used as one and the rest as the other to vise versa.

Furthermore, the cache memory on the ML chiplets can also be used as the L3 cache for the APD (GPU) core, or as the physical interface between the APD core and the memory higher up (closer) to the GPU. Overall, the ML chiplet and its memory are highly configurable, allowing for diverse workloads.

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