China's Huawei unveils chip for global big data market

Judy Cobb
January 10, 2019

Such technology is the latest in the semiconductor industry and allows for smaller components that are more powerful and energy efficient than their predecessors.

Designed by Huawei and based on the ARMv8 architecture license, the Kunpeng 920 scores over 930 in the SPECint Benchmarks test- 25 percent higher than the industry average- while power usage is reduced by 30 percent against industry counterparts. The Kunpeng 920 aims to boost performance in terms of big data workloads, distributed storage, and floating-point calculations.

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 US which has already seen both countries implement tariffs on each other's tech imports.

At the same time, the ARM industry is seeing a new development opportunity.

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

Huawei's TaiShan servers are built for big data, distributed storage and ARM-native application scenarios.

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TaiShan will enable computing platforms with high performance and low power consumption for enterprises.

The launch of the new chipset puts Huawei in direct competition with Advanced Micro Devices Inc and NVIDIA Corp.

William Xu, Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei said "Huawei has continuously innovated in the computing domain in order to create customer value". Now the firm has hopes of becoming one of the top cloud players on the planet competing with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Google, and Alibaba. The company now aims to enhance growth of its revenues in cloud computing and enterprise services as it's equipment unit is under constant scrutiny in the West. 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. The development and convergence of ARM-based applications on smart terminals are accelerating, along with cloud-device collaboration.

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.

Though no benchmarks are available, based on specifications alone, the Kunpeng 920 should easily outperform Amazon's Graviton CPU, which was announced in November 2018. "We will work with our customers and partners to build a fully connected, intelligent world", Xu added.

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