Monday, April 13th 2020

Huawei Rumored To Enter GPU Server Market

Huawei may become the 4th player in the GPU server market if a new report by Korean news outlet The Elec is to be believed. The Elec has received reports from Industry Sources that Huawei is readying to enter the market in 2020, this will put them in direct competition with industry leader NVIDIA along with AMD and newcomer Intel. Huawei Korea will reportedly assign the project to the new Cloud and AI Business Group division, talent scouting has already begun with rumors of current and former NVIDIA staff getting poached.

Huawei is no newcomer to the server market having already launched the Ascend 910 one of the worlds most advanced AI accelerators in August 2019. The Ascend 910 outperforms the Tesla V100 by a factor of two, and is developed on a more advanced 7 nm+ technology compared to the 12 nm Tesla V100. In January 2020 Huawei launched their next server product the Kunpeng 920 a big data CPU along with a new server lineup featuring the chip. Considering Huawei's experience and resources in the server market along with Intel's entrance the GPU server landscape is set to become very competitive.
Source: The Elec
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13 Comments on Huawei Rumored To Enter GPU Server Market

#2
ratirt
ZoneDymo
Huawei gaming gpu when?
Server GPU and AI not gaming. Who knows, maybe after some time they would strike gaming segment as an expansion if all goes well with the server market
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mak1skav
Yeah judging from their previous products I don't have any hope for this to be a gaming graphics card too but who knows maybe in the near future they may be able to compete it that department too.
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FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
More backdoors for the CCP.
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night.fox
This is good news. More competition to lower prices and better products (i hope).
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#6
ARF
ZoneDymo
Huawei gaming gpu when?
We don't need anyone besides original legacy quality Matrox and today's AMD.
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Chomiq
night.fox
This is good news. More competition to lower prices and better products (i hope).
Not really since these will be probably limited to China chicom builds.
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Caring1
They really should be called Graphics Accelerators, that way people won't confuse them with mainstream GPUs.
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renz496
Caring1
They really should be called Graphics Accelerators, that way people won't confuse them with mainstream GPUs.
this thing is simply accelerator. it cannot do graphic at all.

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night.fox
This is good news. More competition to lower prices and better products (i hope).
for professional space yes. but consumer? no.
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Caring1
renz496
this thing is simply accelerator. it cannot do graphic at all.

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for professional space yes. but consumer? no.
To correct that misinformation for you.
The card is specifically a GPGPU
A general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU), is a graphics processing unit (GPU) processor that is used for purposes other than rendering graphics.
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night.fox
renz496
this thing is simply accelerator. it cannot do graphic at all.

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for professional space yes. but consumer? no.
But its a start right? Once they have funds, a possible RD will be formed for consumer. Who knows
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renz496
Caring1
To correct that misinformation for you.
The card is specifically a GPGPU
A general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU), is a graphics processing unit (GPU) processor that is used for purposes other than rendering graphics.
I know what GPGPU is. But GPU can render 3d application and games aside from doing general computation. Can GV100 render games? Yes we saw that on titan volta. This huawei accelerator can't do that. That's why we don't hear AMD and nvidia make a fuss about it. There are tons other company out there also making AI related hardware. Just becauee huawei poaching some talents from nvidia meaning they will going to make GPU. when it comes to AI hardware nvidia probably have the most experience out there. Right now nvidia have prototype hardware called RC18 that is purely made for AI workload. According to nvidia engineer they can release the chip as it is or include them inside their gpu architecture in the future. It is more like an asic instead of GPGPU much like tensor cores.

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night.fox
But its a start right? Once they have funds, a possible RD will be formed for consumer. Who knows
But to make their own GPU they need their own GPU IP or license them from existing player. I don't think they have any GPU related IP. ARM only license ready made GPU design not allow other people use their IP to create their own GPU. same with imagination. Hence when apple try to build their own GPU they enter into legal issue with imagination before because apple does not have GPU IP of their own. And imagination also did not allow others to use their IP to create their own GPU. maybe they can help you to make custom gpu for your need but not building your own. ARM and imgination business model are more or less the same when it comes to licensing their GPU.
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ratirt
renz496
I know what GPGPU is. But GPU can render 3d application and games aside from doing general computation. Can GV100 render games? Yes we saw that on titan volta. This huawei accelerator can't do that. That's why we don't hear AMD and nvidia make a fuss about it. There are tons other company out there also making AI related hardware. Just becauee huawei poaching some talents from nvidia meaning they will going to make GPU. when it comes to AI hardware nvidia probably have the most experience out there. Right now nvidia have prototype hardware called RC18 that is purely made for AI workload. According to nvidia engineer they can release the chip as it is or include them inside their gpu architecture in the future. It is more like an asic instead of GPGPU much like tensor cores.
I think the Huawei GPU can render 3D but less efficient so there is no point. The Threadrippers can render Crysis by itself. Of course the quality of an image and speed is poor. Does this mean they are GPUs? No, they are not and yet TR can do that.
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