IBM launched its next-generation of IBM POWER CPU – the IBM POWER10 at the Hot Chips 2020 conference, which allows the platform to fulfil the needs of enterprise upgraded cloud computing and AI. The newly launched processor is designed to focus on energy efficiency and performance. According to the company, the POWER10 is 3X energy efficient, workload, and container density than the predecessor IBM POWER9 processor.
“This 7-nanometer chip is about the size of a postage stamp and houses 18 billion transistors. If you’re an enterprise client in any industry from retail, telecom, financial services to healthcare, the POWER10’s goal is to be a state-of-the-art, enterprise-class enabler of your business processes that don’t have to live in a data center,” reads the IBM newsroom.
It took more than five-years to design hundreds of new and pending patents and the IBM POWER10 processor is one of the important evolutions in IBM’s POWER roadmap. According to the report, the systems which are going to take advantage of the IBM POWER10 are going to be available in the second half of 2021.
The IBM POWER10 comes with support for Multi-Petabyte Memory Clusters with a breakthrough new technology called Memory Inception. The technology is designed to improve cloud capacity and economics for memory-intensive workloads from ISVs like SAP, the SAS Institute, and others as well as large-model AI inference.
New Hardware-Enabled Security Capabilities including transparent memory encryption designed to support end-to-end security. The IBM POWER10 processor is engineered to achieve significantly faster encryption performance with quadruple the number of AES encryption engines per core compared to IBM POWER9 for today’s most demanding standards and anticipated future cryptographic standards like quantum-safe cryptography and fully homomorphic encryption. It also brings new enhancements to container security.
New Processor Core Architectures in the IBM POWER10 processor with an embedded Matrix Math Accelerator which is extrapolated to provide 10x, 15x and 20x faster AI inference for FP32, BFloat16 and INT8 calculations per socket respectively than the IBM POWER9 processor to infuse AI into business applications and drive greater insights.
IBM POWER10 is the first commercialized processor from the company, which is built using 7nm process technology. IBM Research has been partnering with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. on research and development for more than a decade, including demonstration of the semiconductor industry’s first 7nm test chips through IBM’s Research Alliance.
Cyberattacks are one of the major concerns for everyone is a newly discovered vulnerability is capable of disruptions as organizations wait for fixes. The company also claims that the IBM POWER10 is capable of enabling clients to proactively defend the new application vulnerabilities in real-time. “IBM POWER10 is designed to give users dynamic execution register control, meaning users could design applications that are more resistant to attacks with minimal performance loss,” reads the official newsroom.
Meanwhile, the IBM POWER10 is also capable of enhancing in-core AI inferencing capability without requiring any additional AI hardware. The newly launched 7nm processor is capable of achieving 10x, 15x, and 20x faster AI inference for FP32, BFloat16, and INT8 calculations respectively. This improves the performance of the enterprise AI inference workloads as compared to IBM POWER9.
Also do note that like IBM POWER9 the newly launched POWER10 is also open of licensing and modification by the OpenPower Foundation, which has more than 250 members including Nvidia, Google, Mellanox, and Tyan.
“With hardware co-optimized for Red Hat OpenShift, IBM POWER10-based servers will deliver the future of the hybrid cloud when they become available in the second half of 2021. Samsung Electronics will manufacture the IBM POWER10 processor, combining Samsung’s industry-leading semiconductor manufacturing technology with IBM’s CPU designs,” reads the official newsroom.