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[Barron's] Nvidia Is Not a ‘Videogame Company.’ Its Founder Explains What It Really Is.

Source: https://www.barrons.com/articles/nvi...ce-51593511201

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People thought we were a videogame company. But we are an accelerated computing company where videogames were our first killer app. We conceived of this idea of adding an accelerator to the microprocessor, and eventually people called it a [graphics processor unit]. We thought about all kinds of names for it, but GPU is fine. It does graphics, but it does so much more.

And what would that first problem be that could allow us to scale to high levels of research and development? It better be something amazing. At the time, videogames were 2-D. But what if they were 3-D? And so we had to go and build a 3-D ecosystem, develop tools, evangelize it. And then, eventually one day, a young genius came along named John Carmack, who put [the 1996 videogame] Quake on a PC, and it changed everything.

And then we kept looking, and we found scientific computing that took us into data centers. And we still do a ton of work there because we believe in advancing science, even though the supercomputer market is not very big. Our work there led us to researchers all around the world, and one day deep learning found us and we found deep learning. The combination of this algorithm, and this processor that we were making, sped up that algorithm from months to days, made it possible for this approach to even be viable. We kind of created the big bang of artificial intelligence.

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So this isn't really anything we didn't already know. nVidia has operations in a number of different fields and isn't "solely" a gaming oriented company anymore. They haven't been only doing consumer GPU's since what, the late 90's?

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This is news? More like a marketing spiel copy pasted from wiki's compiled information.
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gotta physically diversify, and tell all the old timers what's good. Otherwise, they're still just that silly game card maker

also, it's more fallout from the chinese mining GPU sales stuff.

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So this isn't really anything we didn't already know. nVidia has operations in a number of different fields and isn't "solely" a gaming oriented company anymore. They haven't been only doing consumer GPU's since what, the late 90's?
Starting with Fermi their first full compute architecture.

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Only bit of this that's news to me is that Nvidia conceived the GPU and that other ppl started calling it such. I was under the impression that Nvidia marketed the 256 as the 1st GPU.
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Jensen is talking to people who think video games are for 12 year olds and that age-group primarily. They'd have a heart attack if they found out the average age of a gamer these days is 34. LOL
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This isn't news.

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I thought they are in leather jacket business. GPUs were just a hobby.
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I thought they are in leather jacket business. GPUs were just a hobby.
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