Huawei announced yet another 7 nm chip, designed for the servers Huawei is building for telco networks. It seems to be the largest chip yet announced. Apple and Qualcomm have 16 million transistor chips and Huawei’s Kirin 980 is in the same class.
Designs at that level require hundreds of engineers and cost hundreds of millions. None of the other telecom companies have announced any.
TSMC is the only place on earth that can produce
Huawei will be shipping hundreds of thousands of servers in the next three years.
Deutsche Telekom is a client, ambitious to become the largest cloud in Europe. (Much has been already installed.) China will be offering 5G to hundreds of millions, along with an edge cloud at ~20 ms.
It’s one of five 7 nm chips HiSilicon has in the works, more than anyone else has made public. Without much publicity, Huawei has become by far the largest chip design house in China and is ascending the world rankings.
Apple had bought 70% TSMC’s 7 nm production for the iPhone. That left little for anyone else. But the iPhone sales slump has opened up some capacity.
Huawei Unveils Industry’s Highest-Performance ARM-based CPU
Bringing Global Computing Power to Next Level
[Shenzhen, China, January 7, 2019] Today, Huawei announced the industry’s highest-performance Advanced RISC Machine (ARM)-based CPU. Called Huawei Kunpeng 920, the new CPU is designed to boost the development of computing in big data, distributed storage, and ARM-native application scenarios. Huawei will join with industry players to advance the ARM industry and foster an open, collaborative, and win-win ecosystem, taking computing performance to new heights.
William Xu, Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei, unveils industry’s highest-performance ARM-based CPU called Huawei Kunpeng 920.
“Huawei has continuously innovated in the computing domain in order to create customer value. We believe that, with the advent of the intelligent society, the computing market will see continuous growth in the future. Currently, the diversity of applications and data is driving heterogeneous computing requirements. Huawei has long partnered with Intel to make great achievements. Together we have contributed to the development of the ICT industry. Huawei and Intel will continue our long-term strategic partnerships and continue to innovate together,” said William Xu, Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei.
“At the same time, the ARM industry is seeing a new development opportunity. The Huawei Kunpeng 920 CPU and TaiShan servers newly released by Huawei are primarily used in big data, distributed storage, and ARM-native applications. We will work with global partners in the spirit of openness, collaboration, and shared success to drive the development of the ARM ecosystem and expand the computing space, and embrace a diversified computing era.”
The industry’s highest-performance ARM-based CPU
Huawei Kunpeng 920 is the industry’s highest-performance ARM-based server CPU. Using the cutting-edge 7nm process, the CPU was independently designed by Huawei based on ARMv8 architecture license. It significantly improves processor performance by optimizing branch prediction algorithms, increasing the number of OP units, and improving the memory subsystem architecture. At typical frequency, the Huawei Kunpeng 920 CPU scores over 930 in the SPECint Benchmarks test, which is 25% higher than the industry benchmark. At the same time, power efficiency is 30% better than that offered by industry counterparts. Huawei Kunpeng 920 provides much higher computing performance for data centers while slashing power consumption.
Huawei Kunpeng 920 integrates 64 cores at a frequency of 2.6 GHz. This chipset integrates 8-channel DDR4, and memory bandwidth exceeds incumbent offerings by 46%. System integration is also increased significantly through the two 100G RoCE ports. Kunpeng 920 supports PCIe 4.0 and CCIX interfaces, and provides 640 Gbps total bandwidth. In addition, the single-slot speed is twice that of the incumbent offering, effectively improving the performance of storage and various accelerators.
Huawei TaiShan, ARM-based server with the industry’s best performance
Huawei today also released its TaiShan series servers powered by Huawei Kunpeng 920, including three models: one with a focus on storage, another on high density, and a third focused on balancing both requirements. The TaiShan servers are built for big data, distributed storage, and ARM-native application scenarios. 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. For example, in big data scenarios, the TaiShan servers are tuned for optimal many-core high concurrency and resource scheduling to deliver a 20% computing performance boost. Based on the TaiShan servers, Huawei Cloud also provides elastic cloud services, bare metal services, and cloud phone services.
Building an open and collaborative ARM ecosystem founded on shared success
Huawei continuously promotes industry cooperation in terms of hardware, basic software, and applications. Huawei has been working with industry organizations such as Green Computing Consortium (GCC), Linaro, and Open Edge and HPC Initiative (OEHI) to build an open, collaborative industry ecosystem, alongside partners such as Hortonworks, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, SUSE, Ubuntu, and China Standard Software.
On the hardware side, Huawei is a core member of Linaro. On the basic software side, Huawei is a Platinum member of the OpenStack Foundation and a founding member of Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). With regard to applications, Huawei has joined the GCC. GCC has released the Green Computing Consortium Server Technical Standards Report, along with other efforts to build a green open source computing community. Huawei is also a member of the OEHI.
Huawei believes that an intelligent society with all things connected, sensing, and intelligent is underway, and this trend is picking up speeds. The development and convergence of ARM-based applications on smart terminals are accelerating, along with cloud-device collaboration. In addition, new applications in cloud computing are driving data diversity. For example, big data applications, distributed storage, and some edge computing scenarios have specific energy efficiency requirements for many-core high-performance computing. In such a context, ARM systems stand out with unique advantages in performance and power consumption.
Therefore, in view of the industry trends and application requirements, a new era of diversified computing is unfolding. Multiple data types and scenarios are driving computing architecture optimization. Combining multiple computing architectures for optimal performance becomes a must.
“With Kirin 980, Huawei has taken smartphones to a new level of intelligence. With products and services (e.g., Huawei Cloud) designed based on Huawei Ascend 310, Huawei enables inclusive AI for industries,” William Xu noted. “Today, with Huawei Kunpeng 920, we are entering an era of diversified computing embodied by multiple cores and heterogeneity. Huawei has invested patiently and intensively in computing innovation to continuously make breakthroughs. We will work with our customers and partners to build a fully connected, intelligent world.”