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Huawei expands data centre efforts with new CPU and servers

10 January 2019

Huawei's TaiShan server series debuted in conjunction with the Kunpeng 920, and is available in three variants. One focuses on storage, the second on high density, and a third option attempts to balance the two.

Huawei's new ARM-based CPU is not a competitor to the US company's x86 CPUs and servers, but complementary, Mr. Xu added.

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. In addition, the single-slot speed is twice that of the incumbent offering, effectively improving the performance of storage and various accelerators. Huawei is maintaining an open and collaborative stance to encourage an open ecosystem in the industry for the advancement of the ARM-industry and is all too ready to come together with the big players in the said industry for the sole goal of achieving new heights in the field of computing.

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The announcement came as Chinese industries that rely on Western technology step up efforts to develop their own.

The Kunpeng 920 is the highest-performance ARM-based server CPU built using a 7nm process.

Ultimately, says its creator, the Kunpeng 920 could provide "much higher computing performance for data centers while slashing power consumption".

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Huawei has taken the wraps off its Arm-based Kunpeng 920 chip, which the company says performs better than its competition while sucking down less power.

Xu also said Huawei will continue its "long-term strategic partnership" with Intel. The development and convergence of ARM-based applications on smart terminals are accelerating, along with cloud-device collaboration. The ARM architecture is best suited for these scenarios with advantages in many-core and performance per watt.

Hawei wants to "foster an open, collaborative, and win-win ecosystem" and is collaborating with the likes of Ubuntu, SUSE, Linaro, and other organizations. 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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In big data scenarios, the TaiShan servers are tuned for optimal many-core high concurrency and resource scheduling to deliver a 20 per cent increase to computing performance. "With products and services (e.g., Huawei Cloud) designed based on Ascend 310, Huawei enables inclusive AI for industries", William Xu noted. "We will work with our customers and partners to build a fully connected, intelligent world".

Huawei expands data centre efforts with new CPU and servers