Huawei used its business investment in Moscow, Russia, to install an Arm-based server farm in the city. After experiencing a series of blows from the Sino-US trade war, Huawei sought diversified investments from the perspective of market and geostrategy.Now, Huawei’s Intelligent Computing System Department has Finish construction Its Moscow Arm server-the company says this is the first such facility in Russia. Huawei stated that “computing clusters will enable our partners and customers to test their software products and join the construction of a new open ecosystem” and help the company develop its own software on Russian soil.
The infrastructure is designed to address the needs of users who want to take advantage of supercomputing and open source software-which is one of the reasons why the new server is mainly focused on serving the academic and scientific communities in Moscow. These servers run on the company’s Taishan infrastructure, which uses the Kunpeng 920 processor developed by HiSilicon, the Huawei subsidiary responsible for custom design of the Arm SoC. Kunpeng 920 SoC adopts Armv8 design, can be expanded to 64 cores, the maximum operating frequency is 2.6 GHz-less than 180W TDP. There is also an eight-channel DDR4 -2933 memory controller in the Kunpeng 920 chip-it is indeed the latest and best when Huawei launched it.
Kunpeng 920 Arm SoC is manufactured on TSMC’s 7nm node, which has stopped delivering to Huawei Last SeptemberAfter the United States imposed sanctions on the Chinese company’s technology exports. This means that the server farm is likely to be built using the inventory capacity of these chips. As for Huawei’s foundry entry after TSMC closed its doors, and because of its relationship with the United States, it was unable to enter Intel or GlobalFoundries. Huawei turned to China Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), which can only manufacture silicon in the United States. The 14-nanometer node.
This is not the first time that Arm servers have entered the field of supercomputing.In fact, the Arm-based supercomputer Fugaku deployed by Fujitsu in Japan is the world’s The most powerful supercomputer For a while, I have never touched the x86 instruction set. Similarly, Lu Lu, director of Huawei’s Russian Intelligent Computing System Department, said, “After testing, the Arm server has been able to fully compete with solutions based on the x86 architecture in multiple scenarios.”
Huawei believes that Arm also has the ability to exist more widely in the server ecosystem, transplanting the power/performance advantages of the mobile-first architecture to the server business—if it must.