While it was not yet an official NVIDIA codename for roadmaps, the name "Einstein" has been rumored several times before this decade. At the time, it was rumored that Einstein was the architecture Maxwell would follow in the NVIDIA lineup. And while we did not hear anything new about NVIDIA's future roadmap at this year's show – or any sign of amps or other 7nm chips – I accidentally found that the rumors about Einstein were true. At least from a certain angle.
Speaking to the NVIDIA Research Group this morning about some of their latest projects (more on this later this week when I have time), the group talked about earlier research projects. And as it turned out, Einstein was one of those earlier research projects.
Instead of being just a baseless rumor, Einstein was actually a real project at NVIDIA. However, this is not an architecture in itself, but a research GPU that the NVIDIA research group worked on. And although this research project under the name of Einstein has not borne fruit, it was written under a much better known name: Volta .
While this means, we can use Einstein's name list for possible future NVIDIA architectures. The project itself was real and a great success for NVIDIA. As Einstein became Volta's architecture, it became the cornerstone of NVIDIA's current generation of server and client graphics processors. This includes both the regular Volta and the graphically optimized derivative Turing.