While there was never an official NVIDIA code name as far as road maps, the name "Einstein" came in rumors sometimes earlier this decade. At that time, Einstein was rumored to be the architecture that would follow Maxwell in the NVIDIA lineup. And while we unfortunately did not find anything new about NVIDIA's future roadmap on this year's show – or a sign of Ampere or other 7nm chips – I found inadvertently that rumors of Einstein were true. At least from a certain point of view.
While we were talking to NVIDIA's research group this morning about some of their latest projects (more on this a bit later this week when I have the time), the group talked about previous research projects. And as it turns out, one of the previous research projects was Einstein.
Instead of just being a groundless rumor, Einstein was a real project at NVIDIA. But instead of being an architecture, it was a research project that the NVIDIA research team was working on. And although this research project did not bring fruit under the Einstein name, it did under a different name that is far more familiar: Volta .
So while this means we can scrape Einstein out of the list of names for potential future NVIDIA architectures, the actual project was real and it was actually a great success for NVIDIA. As Einstein morphed into what became the Volta architecture, it has become the cornerstone of what is now all NVIDIA's current generation GPUs for servers and clients. This includes both the regular Volta and the graphics-enhanced derivative, Turing.