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AMD Patents Chiplet-based GPU Design With Active Cache Bridge

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2021/04/05 09:12:52 (permalink)
AMD Patents Chiplet-based GPU Design With Active Cache Bridge | TechPowerUp
 
AMD on April 1st published a new patent application that seems to show the way its chiplet GPU design is moving towards. Before you say it, it's a patent application; there's no possibility for an April Fool's joke on this sort of move. The new patent develops on AMD's previous one, which only featured a passive bridge connecting the different GPU chiplets and their processing resources. If you want to read a slightly deeper dive of sorts on what chiplets are and why they are important for the future of graphics (and computing in general), look to this article here on TPU.

The new design interprets the active bridge connecting the chiplets as a last-level cache - think of it as L3, a unifying highway of data that is readily exposed to all the chiplets (in this patent, a three-chiplet design). It's essentially AMD's RDNA 2 Infinity Cache, though it's not only used as a cache here (and for good effect, if the Infinity Cache design on RDNA 2 and its performance uplift is anything to go by); it also serves as an active interconnect between the GPU chiplets that allow for the exchange and synchronization of information, whenever and however required. This also allows for the registry and cache to be exposed as a unified block for developers, abstracting them from having to program towards a system with a tri-way cache design. There are also of course yield benefits to be taken here, as there are with AMD's Zen chiplet designs, and the ability to scale up performance without any monolithic designs that are heavy in power requirements. The integrated, active cache bridge would also certainly help in reducing latency and maintaining chiplet processing coherency.
 
AMD is still working hard on GPU development in my opinion. 

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    Re: AMD Patents Chiplet-based GPU Design With Active Cache Bridge 2021/04/05 10:45:01 (permalink)
    Taking it step by step. TBH, i dont care how long it takes at least make it right. AMD innovation is what makes it unique from the rest.

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    Re: AMD Patents Chiplet-based GPU Design With Active Cache Bridge 2021/04/05 17:47:23 (permalink)
    Finally! Can't wait to see what the second and third generation chiplet GPUs look like. Unlike CPUs, GPUs can use all the 'cores' one can stuff them with, so lots of chiplets for a super-massive flagship design would become feasible. 


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