AMD Instinct MI200, unveiled the official release period

AMD Instinct MI200, unveiled the official release period

AMD Instinct MI200

A few weeks ago we informed you of the departure of the first shipments related to the new generation Instinct GPU computes based on the CDNA2 architecture, called AMD Instinct MI200 (codenamed Aldebaran), designed to equip supercomputers and provide computational power for high-performance computing applications. performance, such as AI and ML. Now, as reported by colleagues at VideoCardz, AMD has announced that these GPUs will be officially launched by the end of the year.

Credit: AMD Recall that the Instinct MI200 compute GPU should offer twice the performance compared to the Instinct MI100 (184, 6 FP16 TFLOPS, 23.1 FP32 TFLOPS, 11.5 FP64 TFLOPS) and will likely add support for new data and instruction formats. However, we do not know how the CDNA 2 architecture differs from the original, which actually derived from the GCN-based 7nm Vega and was later optimized for computation. Either way, the Instinct MI200 is that it features two dies linked together via Infinity Fabric and is equipped with 128GB of HBM2E memory which connects to the dies using two 4096-bit interfaces. Some leakers have suggested that the MI200 may have up to 16,384 Stream Processors on two of its chiplets, more than double the active 7,680 Stream Processors on the MI100.

The AMD Instinct MI200 “Aldebaran” compute GPU will be deployed in the former exascale-class Frontier supercomputer to the world, which is expected to be delivered in late 2021, competing with Intel Xe-HP (C) and NVIDIA Hopper accelerators, which are expected to debut within the first three quarters. All will use an MCM package design, marking a very important transition for the entire GPU industry. You can take a look at the alleged configuration of Alberan in the image below, created by the Twitter user "Locuza".

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AMD Aldebaran: AMD's first MCM GPU will launch later this year

AMD is now shipping out its very first Radeon Instinct MI200 accelerators, codenamed Aldebaran -- is an exciting new CDNA 2-based MCM (multi-chip module) graphics card made for datacenters of the future.


The new CDNA 2 architecture succeeds the CDNA architecture, which is an architecture AMD created specifically for data centers, with the new Aldebaran GPU now shipping to its first customers. If that's happening, we should expect AMD to push more and more of these out as we slide towards the end of 2021.

We don't know if the new MCM GPU is made on 7nm, but AMD's last slide on Aldebaran simply mentioned they would be using an 'Advanced Node' which could be 7nm+ or 5nm. Aldebaran is AMD's first MCM GPU, but it's for datacenters -- gamers won't get to see an MCM-based Radeon GPU until 2022 with the introduction of the next-gen RDNA 3 architecture.

AMD's next-gen Aldebaran GPU will power the Instinct MI200, Aldebaran will compete against Intel's next-gen Xe-HPC and NVIDIA Hopper GPU architectures. We should expect both of these new GPUs to launch in the next year, but AMD has done it yet again -- been there first like they have been with many technologies over the years.

More AMD next-gen GPU news

AMD will be making multiple Navi 3X GPUs going forward, with Navi 31, Navi 32, and Navi 33 all teased. As for performance, we should expect the flagship RDNA 3 GPU in monolithic form -- which should take form with a Navi 33-based GPU -- to be somewhere in the 100%+ increase over the Radeon RX 6900 XT range.

  • AMD Navi 31: Multi-Compute Die (MCD) tape out in Q4 2021
  • AMD Navi 32: Multi-Compute Die (MCD) tape out in Q4 2021
  • AMD Navi 33: Monolithic GPU (like normal) tape out in Q1 2022
  • We should expect AMD's next-gen RDNA 3 architecture, the flagship Navi 31 GPU (along with the Navi 32, and Navi 33 designs) sometime in Q2 2022.