Sam joins Leo to talk about the upcoming GTC Self Driving car conference sponsored by Nvidia. The conference is being held twice a year, with Nvidia leading the way to make for a smarter and safer, self-driving car. Sam says the conference will be held online and be free of charge. If you're interested, visit the site here.
Sam joins Leo to talk about NVidia's developer's conference, which is coming up. It's free this year, and Sam says it will highlight the latest in video gaming technology and what they are doing in the Automotive space.
Meanwhile, electric vehicles are going off-road, with EVs taking on desert racing. EVs are just as fast as gas-powered cars, and the challenge is keeping the batteries in good shape during the sandy desert conditions.
Franklin wants to know what CUDA is in a video card and can he use it with Linux? Leo says that CUDA is a performance codec that will help higher resolution video perform at various frame rates and resolutions. The key is to make sure he's using the proprietary NVIDIA drivers for the best results. If he's using Linux, though, it's possible he won't get CUDA support, especially with Linux drivers. He could also make sure that he has OpenCL drivers as well.
CryptoCurrency continues to rise in value as more people seek to acquire it and use it to pay for goods and services. Currently, BitCoin's value is over $55,000 as of 2/21. Leo says that bitcoin miners will only be able to generate 21 million bitcoin before it comes to an end as far as BitCoin is concerned. And the closer users get to that amount, the harder it will be to mine bitcoin, which is achieved by solving complicated mathematical problems. But that isn't stopping bitcoin miners from trying.
Sam joins Leo to talk about new processors for Hyundai electric vehicles. Using Nvidia Parker SOC chips, Hyundai will put them in all their future cars with 14" displays for powering their infotainment systems. Sam says that Nvidia has some amazing SOCs available with 30 trillion operations per second: 8 core ARM chips drive the whole thing with machine learning: 10GBit per second ethernet bus. It's a practical supercomputer for the road.
Sam joins Leo to talk about an advanced driver-assist system from Ford called Mobile Eye. The system has advanced collision alert, driver monitoring, driver-assist, autopilot, and more. The system uses powerful Mobile Eye ARM chips. Leo says that will make cars smarter and as such, safer.
Sam also says that Nvidia is poised to buy ARM.
Logan wants to sell his old laptop and build a new gaming PC. Leo says for gaming, he will want to get a PC that has an NVIDIA GPU. Fastest one he can afford. But ironically, the Processor is less important than the GPU now. Leo recommends going to PCPerspective and look at the Hardware Leaderboard. It shows what is the current best configuration by price point. That'll give him a good idea of how to build the computer he wants. Intel or AMD Ryzen?
Yesterday, Sam was a judge at an "orphan car show." It's a show filled with cars that are no longer made. He was able to judge the Packard group, picking their favorite car. Another item for today is a visit to NVidia's Drive Labs, which has been using deep neural networks to develop autonomously driven vehicles. And they've created a playlist of how Nvidia is advancing the art and making autonomous vehicles safe. Check it out here - Nvidia's Drive Labs - https://youtu.be/iTZ9GoN2Q0k
Chris wants to know what Leo thinks of the new Max-Q design for Nvidia powered laptops. Leo says it's for hardcore gamers. But it is thin and light, and uses less power to save battery life. It's still about 10-15% slower than the desktop GTX1080. But for laptop performance, it's impressive. And at $1,000, it had better be.
At CES Mercedes Benz says that they will have a self driving car by next year and are working with NVidia to develop it. Leo says that CES often announces things that don't happen for years, if at all. He thinks that it'll be 5 to 10 years before we see self driving cars on the roads as common place.