Kunpeng 920: Huawei just launched a super-powered processor to handle big data and the connected world

Looking at the near future of computing, the volume of data will increase 18-fold, and every year the demand for computing power will increase 10-fold. This will create huge demand for heterogeneous computing. With this in mind, Huawei announced today the Kunpeng 920: an Advanced RISC Machine (ARM)-based CPU (Central Processing Unit) with the industry’s highest performance.

The industry’s highest-performance ARM-based CPU

Kunpeng 920 is the industry’s highest-performance ARM-based server CPU. Using a 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 SPECint Benchmark of the Kunpeng 920 CPU scores over 930, which is 25% higher than the industry benchmark(!). 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.

Changing the data game

Big data brings new challenges for business but technology can help industries meet them and make the most of the existing potential.

The volume of data being produced is expected to be 44 times greater in 2020 than it was in 2009, yet, Forrester estimated, in 2016, that, on average, between 60% and 73% of all the data within an organisation went untouched by analytics. Too many big data initiatives are held back by poor performance and results. Big data analytics applications push not just compute resources to their limit but also storage and network resources.

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.

Potentially, this could see a much broader range of enterprises using analytics and turning data into insight at the speed of modern business.

This would also allow companies to reconcile data from various sources in one place and more efficiently, opening the door to more complex operations like our future connected world (Internet of Things) and the embedding of it in an extended framework.

To add to their offering for speed and increased power, Huawe also announced the TaiShan.

Huawei TaiShan, ARM-based server with the industry’s best performance

Huawei today also released its TaiShan series servers powered by Kunpeng 920. 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.

Can technology alone solve your big data problem? No, but it is coming increasingly closer to it.

Huawei believes that an intelligent society with all things connected, sensing, and intelligent is underway, and this trend is picking up speed. William Xu, Director, Chief Strategy Marketing Officer, Huawei, noted that “Today, with 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.”