Confirmation of NVIDIA’s next-gen Ada Lovelace gaming GPU architecture for the GeForce RTX 40 series

NVIDIA has officially confirmed that its next-generation gaming GPU architecture for the GeForce RTX 40 series will be named after renowned scientist and mathematician, Ada Lovelace.

NVIDIA confirms Ada Lovelace as the name of its next-gen gaming GPU architecture, powering the GeForce RTX 40 series

Confirmation comes in a new teaser posted by NVIDIA’s Australian and New Zealand handle on Twitter. The teaser says “The future has a past” and shows an image from “Numbers of Bernoulli”. It is an iconic algorithm that was used for the Analytical Engine and was introduced by Ada Lovelace in 1842.

Although we’ve known about the Ada Lovelace architecture for a while, it’s always great to see NVIDIA taking inspiration from the scientists of the past who were crucial in shaping the technological world we live in today. Ada Lovelace GPUs will power a variety of GeForce RTX 40 series graphics cards in the coming months, such as the flagship RTX 4090.

NVIDIA ADA GPU Architecture Summary

In many ways, Ada Lovelace can be considered the world’s first computer enthusiast. She is the first person to realize that the analytical engine proposed by Charles Babbage had applications beyond pure computation and also published what is believed to be the first algorithm (becoming the first computer programmer) intended to be ported by such a machine. It was almost half a century before Alan Turing finished his work and invented the general purpose computer during the World War.

Bernoulli numbers for the analytical engine proposed by Ada Lovelace. (Image credits: wikimedia)

NVIDIA is known for basing its architectures on eminent physicists, mathematicians and scientists and Ada Lovelace is no different. If you look at the heroes featured at GTC’s 2018 keynote, you’ll find not just Ada Lovelace, but potentially all of NVIDIA’s future architectural codenames.

NVIDIA is set to unveil its Ada Lovelace GPU-powered GeForce RTX 40-series graphics cards at GTC 22 next week, so stay tuned for more information.

NVIDIA Ada Lovelace ‘GeForce RTX 40’ GPU Configurations

GPU name GPC / TPC SM by TPC / Total CUDA Cores L2 cache Memory bus Power limit office (peak) Mobile power limit (expected)
AD102 12 / 6 2 / 144 18432 96 MB 384 bit 800W N / A
AD103 7 / 6 2 / 84 10752 64 MB 256 bit 450W 175W
AD104 5 / 6 2 / 60 7680 48 MB 192 bit 400W 175W
AD106 3 / 6 2 / 36 4608 32 MB 128 bit 260W 140W
AD107 3 / 4 2 / 24 3072 32 MB 128 bit 180W 80W

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