NVIDIA Deep Learning SDK Update for Volta Now Available

At GTC 2017, NVIDIA announced Volta optimized updates to the NVIDIA Deep Learning SDK. Today, we’re making these updates available as free downloads to members of the NVIDIA Developer Program.

Deep learning frameworks using NVIDIA cuDNN 7 and NCCL 2 can take advantage of new features and performance benefits of the Volta architecture.

cuDNN 7

  • Up to 2.5x faster training of ResNet50 and 3x faster training of NMT language translation LSTM RNNs on Tesla V100 vs. Tesla P100
  • Accelerated convolutions using mixed-precision Tensor Cores operations on Volta GPUs
  • Grouped Convolutions for models such as ResNeXt and Xception and CTC (Connectionist Temporal Classification) loss layer for temporal classification tasks


  • Delivers over 90% multi-node scaling efficiency using up to 8 GPU-accelerated servers
  • Performs automatic topology detection to determine optimal communication path
  • Optimized to achieve high bandwidth over PCIe and NVLink high-speed interconnect
Left: Caffe2 performance (images/sec), Tesla K80 + cuDNN 6 (FP32), Tesla P100 + cuDNN 6 (FP32), Tesla V100 + cuDNN 7 (FP16). ResNet50, Batch size: 64. Right: Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit multi-node scaling performance (images/sec), NVIDIA DGX-1 + cuDNN 6 (FP32), ResNet50, Batch size: 64

Learn more about Volta’s Tensor Cores and multi-node scaling of deep learning training

Visit the cuDNN 7 and NCCL 2 product pages to learn more and download >

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Brad Nemire
Brad Nemire is on the Developer Marketing team and loves reading about all of the fascinating research being done by developers using NVIDIA GPUs. Reach out to Brad on Twitter @BradNemire and let him know how you’re using GPUs to accelerate your research. Brad graduated from San Diego State University and currently resides in San Jose, CA. Follow @BradNemire on Twitter