Jenson Huang’s Nvidia: Pioneering the AI Revolution

By Carter Cormier

Nvidia has rocked the world numerous times since Jenson Huang launched it in 1993. From the PC to the internet revolution, Nvidia has fought to dominate each field. The successful company began with Graphic Processing Units (GPUs), staying on top of cloud computing and eventually what it is largely known for as of right now — the driving force behind artificial intelligence. 

In around 2012, Huang and the Nvidia crew recognized the emergence of AI with the development of ImageNet and AlexNet — considered to be the early pioneers of deep learning and pattern recognition/classification. Huang mentions how he responds to new markets such as deep learning, repeatedly posing the question, “how can we make it even better?,” as new fields in engineering appear. 

While interviewing with Nvidia’s CEO, Huang has heavily emphasized his devotion to the development of accelerated computing — the general focus of Nvidia since 1993. He also discusses the importance of accelerated computing in the future, emphasizing that while CPUs will always be needed, acceleration is the best way forward for many applications. 

As it became clear AI was the future,  Huang began to adapt, transitioning his focus away from gaming. This led to the development of the H100, the key to the highly computational demands of the growing industries. It drives deep learning and Chat GPT. It can power image and speech recognition, laying the foundation for breakthroughs in biology with genome sequencing and protein folding simulations. 

Furthermore, the many undeniable feats of the H100 have everyone from companies to countries clamoring for a piece of AI. Saudi Arabia has reportedly ordered 3,000 H100s, coming to about $120 million.  

This, coupled with Jenson Huang’s visions, has led Nvidia’s second quarterly results to wreck expectations, raking in $13.5 billion in revenue instead of Wall Street’s prediction of $11.2 billion. Now with a market cap of $1.12 trillion, it’s safe to say Jenson has led them in the right direction. After the earning reports, he said, “a new computing era has begun.”