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Chinese telecommunications vendor Huawei Technologies has unveiled the Kunpeng 920, which it says is the industry's top-performing ARM-based CPU, at a function in Shenzhen on Monday.

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.

In a statement, the company said the new processor was meant for use in situations involving big data, distributed storage and ARM native application.

The launch marked its bid to join the rest of the industry and take computing performance to new heights.

The Kunpeng 920 uses the cutting-edge 7nm process and was independently designed by Huawei based on the ARMv8 architecture licence.

It is claimed to significantly improve processor performance by optimising branch prediction algorithms, increasing the number of OP units, and improving the memory subsystem architecture.

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William Xu at the launch of the Kumpeng 920 in Shenzhen on Monday.

"At typical frequency, the SPECint Benchmark of the Kunpeng 920 CPU scores over 930, which is 25% higher than the industry benchmark," the company said. "At the same time, power efficiency is 30% better than that offered by industry counterparts. Kunpeng 920 provides much higher computing performance for data centres while slashing power consumption."

The processor integrates 64 cores at a frequency of 2.6 GHz. The 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," the company said. "Kunpeng 920 supports PCIe Gen4 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 has continuously innovated in the computing domain in order to create customer value," said William Xu, director of the board and chief strategy marketing officer of Huawei.

"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.

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

Representatives from Huawei's partners — the Green Computing Consortium, Linaro, the Open Edge and HPC Initiative, Hortonworks and China Standard Software — were present for the launch.

Photos: courtesy Huawei

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