Pascal And Volta Support Added With Latest Nvidia GeForce Drivers
While Nvidia’s upcoming Pascal and Volta GPUs might be still a way off, with Volta being scheduled for a 2018 release, there have been a few information leaks regarding the capabilities of both the GPU architectures and the latest one comes courtesy of WCCFTech. In the recently launched GeForce 358.66 drivers, some new information has been uncovered that highlights the addition of CUDA compute capabilities to Pascal and Volta GPUs.
There are a total of 4 new unique CUDA IDs uncovered through OpenCL runtime, 3 for Pascal and one for Volta that suggest three Pascal and one Volta GPU in the works over at Nvidia:
In the past, Nvidia has usually used a single ID for each lineup like 500 for Maxwell, 300 for Kepler and 210 for Fermi. Judging from these, especially the specificity of Pascal GPU IDs, Nvidia might be ready to announce the Pascal line up pretty soon and should be starting mass production in early 2016.
Volta is still far away but before consumer release, two Volta GPUs will be produced in 2017, one for each supercomputer in Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National. Since it has been listed in the driver details, it clearly means that the GPU is atleast in engineering phase right now.
Not a whole lot of information is available regarding Volta yet besides the fact that it will improve upon Pascal architecture in quite a significant manner. Pascal on the other hand will finally see Nvidia moving to the latest FinFET processing as well as HBM2 memory architecture and is rumored to feature a transistor count of atleast twice that of current GM200 based GPUs.