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Podcast: Jen-Hsun Huang Press Conference from the GTC Conference in Beijing

In this podcast, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang describes the convergence of HPC and consumer market technologies on the road to Exascale computing. Recorded at the GPU Technology Conference in Beijing on Dec. 14, 2011.

Questions:

  • Will heterogeneous computing be extended to your Tegra handset technology?
  • What is your take on the ARM architecture for HPC?
  • What is your take on the low-cost smartphone market?
  • The line between general computing and graphics has become blurred. You have been riding this trend since the G80 device. I’m wondering, how did you foresee this trend? Was it through your relationship with Microsoft?
  • When do you plan to release Denver and Kepler?
  • What was the name of the Chinese video game that was demoed in the keynote?
  • So we have lightweight CPU kernels and we have efficient graphic kernels. Do you think this combination is sufficient to get to Exascale?
  • Do you still play table tennis?
  • Can you comment on rumors of development delays of Windows on Tegra ARM platforms?
  • What do you think of the Intel MIC architecture?
  • Are you working toward a completely shared memory between CPU and GPU?
  • Could you tell us your strategy for the HPC area?
  • It sounds like the Tesla business is not big enough to support the required R&D to support the R&D investment. What is the future plan to remedy this?
  • This GTC conference is nearly the size of the event in the U.S. Do you expect to bring the event back to China? If so, what do you think the impact will be on the Chinese HPC market?
  • Are you slowing down your desktop device development in favor of mobile devices?
  • The #1 system today is the K computer, which does not use GPUs. Do you think that the top systems in 10 years time will all be hybrid systems using GPUs?
  • ARM is reportedly developing a GPU. What do you think the impact of that will be on Nvidia’s business?
  • Many researchers do not want to have to rewrite their code to take advantage of GPUs. How do you plan to help them?
  • For the digital media market, do you foresee real-time rendering in the Cloud?
  • You build GPUs, but can you do what Intel does, which is basically Tic-Toc, Tic-Toc and build a new high-end GPU each year?
  • Do you see an opportunity in the market with the advent of the new UltraBook computers?
  • How is your business split between desktop and laptop?

I edited this recording so that it is all in English, but I think this is a fascinating discussion for people seeking a better understanding on Nvidia’s business model and how it all fits together with high performance computing. The press corps here in Beijing is mostly consumer technology reporters from the region and Jen-Hsun did a great job of putting HPC in the perspective of the China’s rise as a technology-centric consumer economy.

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