INTRO: At the recent Chips 2020 conference over the weekend, IBM unveiled the subsequent generation of its IBM POWER CPU family. Called the IBM POWER10, it’ll offer a platform to satisfy the unique needs of enterprise hybrid cloud computing, said the corporate in a politician handout. The IBM POWER10 processor comes with a 7nm form factor that the corporate claims will offer to 3x greater energy efficiency, workload capacity and container density than the IBM POWER9 processor.
The chip also supports multi-Petabyte memory clusters, because of a replacement technology called Memory Inception. According to the company, the new technology will improve cloud capacity and economics for memory-intensive workloads from ISVs like SAP, the SAS Institute et al. , also as large-model AI inference. It will also bring new hardware-enabled security capabilities, including transparent memory encryption to support end-to-end security.
The POWER10 also comes with new core architectures with an “embedded Matrix Math Accelerator”. According to the company, it’ll provide 10x, 15x and 20x faster AI inference for FP32, BFloat16, and INT8 calculations per socket, respectively, in comparison to the IBM POWER9. The enhanced capabilities would help infuse AI into business applications and drive greater insights, the corporate said.
The Power10 is IBM’s first commercialized 7nm processor that the corporate says is made specifically for the hybrid cloud era. “It includes breakthrough new security features including, memory inception to improve cloud capacity and delivers faster with 4x additional encryption engines for today’s toughest standards and future encryption standards like quantum-safe cryptography, and new enhancements to container security”, the corporate said. Systems using the IBM POWER10 are going to be available within the last half of 2021.