Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

China's Huawei Launches Server Chipset

China's Huawei Launches Server Chipset

The launch marked its bid to join the rest of the industry and take computing performance to new heights.

Industry forecasts predict that aggregate data will expand 18-fold between 2018 and 2025, and artificial intelligence (AI) is driving a tenfold annual growth in computing power, Xu told media at Huawei headquarters.

"Intel will remain our most important strategic partner", insisted Xu, further claiming that the Kungpeng 920 would "definitely not [be] a replacement for Intel processors".

"We hope to make our cloud service, together with our partners, one of the top five cloud services in the world", he added.

William Xu, Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei, has commented, "Huawei has continuously innovated in the computing domain in order to create customer value".

Huawei Technologies Company has now finally revealed a new processor chip for the servers as the Chinese telecommunications gear giant has now pushed ahead with the expansion despite the closer scrutiny from the overseas.

Huawei announced its new high-performance ARM-based CPU for servers called Kunpeng 920.

The Kunpeng 920 is designed for server workloads and uses a custom-designed ARMv8-based core. It significantly improves processor performance by optimizing branch prediction algorithms, increasing the number of OP units, and improving the memory subsystem architecture. "At the same time, power efficiency is 30 per cent better than that offered by industry counterparts". The Ascend 910 is also designed for data centers, but serves a different function than the new Kunpeng 920. This chipset integrates right-channel DDR4, and Huawei said memory bandwidth exceeds existing ARM offerings by 46 percent while offering improved system integration capabilities through its two 100G RoCE ports. The chip supports PCIe 4.0 and CCIX interfaces, and provides 640 Gbps total bandwidth. Single-slot speed is "twice that of the incumbent offering", Huawei said, improving the performance of storage and various accelerators.

At the same time, Huawei also announced the launch of its TaiShan series servers powered by the 920 chipset. The chip will be beneficial for big data where the Kunpeng will power some big servers in the future. The ARM architecture is best suited for these scenarios with advantages in many-core and performance per watt.

TaiShan will enable computing platforms with high performance and low power consumption for enterprises. Huawei is not the only company with a 7 nanometer chipset designed for servers. The company works with such organizations as the Green Computing Consortium (GCC), Linaro, and Open Edge and HPC Initiative (OEHI) in cooperation with Hortonworks, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, SUSE, Ubuntu, and China Standard Software. Amazon does not publish exact specifications of hardware used in AWS, generally, though Graviton CPUs are understood to operate at 2.3 GHz with 16 cores, using 2015-era Cortex-A72 designs.

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