Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
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Huawei unveils Kunpeng 920 ARM server CPU

Huawei unveils Kunpeng 920 ARM server CPU

In a statement, the company said the new processor was meant for use in situations involving big data, distributed storage and ARM native application.

The launch marked its bid to join the rest of the industry and take computing performance to new heights. Currently, the diversity of applications and data is driving heterogeneous computing requirements. "Intel will remain our most important strategic partner, " said Xu.

"At the same time, the ARM industry is seeing a new development opportunity", he added. "We hope to make our cloud service, together with our partners, one of the top five cloud services in the world", said William Xu, Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei.

Huawei has unveiled its new ARM-based Kunpeng 920 chip, a next-generation chip for servers, despite mounting resistance to its hardware from overseas. The development and convergence of ARM-based applications on smart terminals are accelerating, along with cloud-device collaboration.

The Kunpeng 920 is designed for server workloads and uses a custom-designed ARMv8-based core. At typical frequency, it scores more than 930 in the SPECint Benchmark, which is 25 percent higher than the industry average, according to Huawei, while delivering 30 percent better power efficiency. Such technology is the latest in the semiconductor industry and allows for smaller components that are more powerful and energy efficient than their predecessors. The Chinese firm has already said that its Kunpeng 920 consumes less power and performs better than competing products.

Kunpeng 920 integrates 64 cores at a frequency of 2.6 GHz. The SoC also supports eight DDR4 memory channels, PCI Express 4.0, and two 100G RoCE ports. In addition, the single-slot speed is twice that of the incumbent offering, effectively improving the performance of storage and various accelerators.

Huawei has also released its TaiShan series servers powered by Kunpeng 920. The chip will be beneficial for big data where the Kunpeng will power some big servers in the future.

Redfox Qiu, President, Intelligent Computing Business, Huawei, was quoted saying that the company has efficiently shipped around 900,000 units of servers in 2018, compared to its 77,000 exports in 2012 when it started.

Hawei wants to "foster an open, collaborative, and win-win ecosystem" and is collaborating with the likes of Ubuntu, SUSE, Linaro, and other organizations.

TaiShan will enable computing platforms with high performance and low power consumption for enterprises. But it is searching for new avenues of growth such as consumer electronics and cloud computing. Combining multiple computing architectures for optimal performance becomes a must.

William Xu at the launch of the Kumpeng 920 in Shenzhen on Monday. Huawei has invested patiently and intensively in computing innovation to continuously make breakthroughs.

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