IBM introduced its first 7-nm Power10 processor
During the Hot Chips 2020 conference, IBM presented a new IBM Power10 processor designed to work with big data and made in accordance with the current 7-nm process. The new product has become significantly more efficient than its predecessor in a number of scenarios, including working with AI algorithms.
The new line of processors replaced the Power9 family introduced in 2016. The latest generation of IBM chips, which took five years to create, not only became the company's first 7-nanometer commercial solution but also provided, according to the developers, a three-fold increase in performance compared to its predecessors.
The Power10 series includes several configurations. The company showed both solutions that include up to 15 SMT8 cores on a single chipset, and dual-chip modules (up to 30 cores). The high energy efficiency of the chips is complemented by high performance due to the use of the AES algorithm and homomorphic encryption. According to IBM, processors can be used to develop applications that are resistant to hacker attacks.
A number of technologies used by the vendor are aimed at improving performance in tasks related to artificial intelligence - 10, 15, and 20 times faster in scenarios with FP32, BFloat16, and INT8 calculations, respectively, compared to its predecessor. Using the new processor will increase the efficiency of data centers.
Samsung will manufacture the Power10, and the first commercial samples of the new processors will be released in the second half of 2021.