Huawei unveils new cloud computing processor chip

Donna Miller
January 10, 2019

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, " said Xu.

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

William Xu, director, chief strategy marketing officer, chairman of the Investment Review Board of Huawei, speaks during an unveiling ceremony for a processor chip in Shenzhen, China, on January 7, 2019.

Huawei Technologies unveils new server chipset reducing heavy import dependency, particularly from the United States.

Today at CES 2019, Chinese tech giant Huawei announced its new Kunpeng 920 ARM-based CPU created to boost the development of computing in big data, distributed storage and ARM-native application scenarios. The development and convergence of ARM-based applications on smart terminals are accelerating, along with cloud-device collaboration. The chip is based on the ARMv8 architecture standard and can speed up branch prediction algorithms.

Using a cutting-edge 7-nanometer process, the CPU performs 25 percent higher than the industry benchmark, the telecom equipment giant said.

The Kunpeng 920 joins the Huawei's Kirin chips for smartphones and its line-up of Ascend processors for industrial AI in Huawei's chip portfolio.

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Kunpeng 920 integrates 64 cores at a frequency of 2.6 GHz.

"System integration is also increased significantly through the two 100G RoCE ports", the company said. PCIe Gen4 and CCIX interfaces are present as well allowing for up to 640 Gbps bandwidth.

Huawei has also released its TaiShan series servers powered by Kunpeng 920. The TaiShan servers are built for big data, distributed storage, and ARM-native application scenarios.

TaiShan will enable computing platforms with high performance and low power consumption for enterprises. "For example, in big data scenarios, the TaiShan servers are tuned for optimal many-core high concurrency and resource scheduling to deliver a 20 percent computing performance boost".

With the new server chipset, Huawei moves further towards becoming self-dependent for its chips and potentially reduces the impact of any trade disputes between China and the USA which has already seen both countries implement tariffs on each other's tech imports.

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

Therefore, in view of the industry trends and application requirements, a new era of diversified computing is unfolding.

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