Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Huawei launches server chipset as China pushes to reduce dependence on imports

Huawei launches server chipset as China pushes to reduce dependence on imports

The company also released its TaiShan series servers powered by the new CPU. Three models - one with a focus on storage, another on high-density, and a third focused on balancing both requirements - were launched.

The Kunpeng 920 is built with the help of a cutting edge 7-nanometer process and uses the semiconductor architecture of the ARM holdings, the company revealed in a report.

Huawei, headquartered in the southern city of Shenzhen, has steadily expanded into new industry segments. The company also unveiled a new server based on the processors. In addition, the single-slot speed is twice that of the incumbent offering, effectively improving the performance of storage and various accelerators.

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

The Kunpeng 920 performs 25 percent higher than the industry benchmark, operates at a better power efficiency than its peers and will boost the development of big data, the company said. Xu said that the company, despite the recent move, will continue its long-term strategic partnership with Intel and is not a competitor to the US company's x86 CPUs and servers, but just a complementary. Xu said that Huawei will continue its relationship with Intel but it chooses the best option for each use case. According to its makers, the Kunpeng 920 "is created to boost the development of computing in big data, distributed storage, and ARM-native application scenarios" and is also the most powerful Advanced RISC Machine (ARM)-based CPU to date. TaiShan will deliver 20% higher computing performance and much lower power consumption for enterprises. It will be in direct competition with chips from industry leaders such as Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc, although William Xu, chief strategy officer at Huawei has denied this claim. The development and convergence of ARM-based applications on smart terminals are accelerating, along with cloud-device collaboration. "We're working very closely with ARM to get the optimizations done on the gcc front, and the ARM compiler", which will increase performance as these optimizations produce more efficient binaries. 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. Combining multiple computing architectures for optimal performance becomes a must.

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