Monday, August 17th 2020

IBM Reveals Next-Generation IBM POWER10 Processor

IBM today revealed the next generation of its IBM POWER central processing unit (CPU) family: IBM POWER10. Designed to offer a platform to meet the unique needs of enterprise hybrid cloud computing, the IBM POWER10 processor uses a design focused on energy efficiency and performance in a 7 nm form factor with an expected improvement of up to 3x greater processor energy efficiency, workload capacity, and container density than the IBM POWER9 processor.

Designed over five years with hundreds of new and pending patents, the IBM POWER10 processor is an important evolution in IBM's roadmap for POWER. Systems taking advantage of IBM POWER10 are expected to be available in the second half of 2021. Some of the new processor innovations include:
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  • IBM's First Commercialized 7 nm Processor that is expected to deliver up to a 3x improvement in capacity and processor energy efficiency within the same power envelope as IBM POWER9, allowing for greater performance.
  • Support for Multi-Petabyte Memory Clusters with a breakthrough new technology called Memory Inception, 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.
"Enterprise-grade hybrid clouds require a robust on-premises and off-site architecture inclusive of hardware and co-optimized software," said Stephen Leonard, GM of IBM Cognitive Systems. "With IBM POWER10 we've designed the premier processor for enterprise hybrid cloud, delivering the performance and security that clients expect from IBM. With our stated goal of making Red Hat OpenShift the default choice for hybrid cloud, IBM POWER10 brings hardware-based capacity and security enhancements for containers to the IT infrastructure level."

IBM POWER10 7 nm Form Factor Delivers Energy Efficiency and Capacity Gains
IBM POWER10 is IBM's first commercialized processor built using 7 nm 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 7 nm test chips through IBM's Research Alliance.
With this updated technology and a focus on designing for performance and efficiency, IBM POWER10 is expected to deliver up to a 3x gain in processor energy efficiency per socket, increasing workload capacity in the same power envelope as IBM POWER9. This anticipated improvement in capacity is designed to allow IBM POWER10-based systems to support up to 3x increases in users, workloads and OpenShift container density for hybrid cloud workloads as compared to IBM POWER9-based systems.

This can affect multiple datacenter attributes to drive greater efficiency and reduce costs, such as space and energy use, while also allowing hybrid cloud users to achieve more work in a smaller footprint.

Hardware Enhancements to Further Secure the Hybrid Cloud
IBM POWER10 offers hardware memory encryption for end-to-end security and faster cryptography performance thanks to additional AES encryption engines for both today's leading encryption standards as well as anticipated future encryption protocols like quantum-safe cryptography and fully homomorphic encryption.

Further, to address new security considerations associated with the higher density of containers, IBM POWER10 is designed to deliver new hardware-enforced container protection and isolation capabilities co-developed with the IBM POWER10 firmware. If a container were to be compromised, the POWER10 processor is designed to be able to prevent other containers in the same Virtual Machine (VM) from being affected by the same intrusion.

Cyberattacks are continuing to evolve, and newly discovered vulnerabilities can cause disruptions as organizations wait for fixes. To better enable clients to proactively defend against certain 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.

Multi-Petabyte Size Memory Clustering Gives Flexibility for Multiple Hybrid Deployments
IBM POWER has long been a leader in supporting a wide range of flexible deployments for hybrid cloud and on-premises workloads through a combination of hardware and software capabilities. The IBM POWER10 processor is designed to elevate this with the ability to pool or cluster physical memory across IBM POWER10-based systems, once available, in a variety of configurations. In a breakthrough new technology called Memory Inception, the IBM POWER10 processor is designed to allow any of the IBM POWER10 processor-based systems in a cluster to access and share each other's memory, creating multi-Petabyte sized memory clusters.

For both cloud users and providers, Memory Inception offers the potential to drive cost and energy savings, as cloud providers can offer more capability using fewer servers, while cloud users can lease fewer resources to meet their IT needs.

Infusing AI into the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud to Drive Deeper Insights
As AI continues to be more and more embedded into business applications in transactional and analytical workflows, AI inferencing is becoming central to enterprise applications. The IBM POWER10 processor is designed to enhance in-core AI inferencing capability without requiring additional specialized hardware.

With an embedded Matrix Math Accelerator, the IBM POWER10 processor is expected to achieve 10x, 15x, and 20x faster AI inference for FP32, BFloat16 and INT8 calculations respectively to improve performance for enterprise AI inference workloads as compared to IBM POWER9,2 helping enterprises take the AI models they trained and put them to work in the field. With IBM's broad portfolio of AI software, IBM POWER10 is expected to help infuse AI workloads into typical enterprise applications to glean more impactful insights from data.

Building the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud of the Future
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.

Read more about how IBM POWER10 is expected to impact the enterprise hybrid cloud market, here: https://newsroom.ibm.com/Stephen-Leonard-POWER10.
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18 Comments on IBM Reveals Next-Generation IBM POWER10 Processor

#1
gmn 17
Yay more POWER ^ 10
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#2
edbe
IBM a dinosaur that got really scared by a cactus named EPYC.
And soon the whole BiG company's will run EPYC with GENOA flavour.
And IBM will remain a dinosaur, extinct..
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#3
ZoneDymo
edbe
IBM a dinosaur that got really scared by a cactus named EPYC.
And soon the whole BiG company's will run EPYC with GENOA flavour.
And IBM will remain a dinosaur, extinct..
pretty sure IBM has its fingers in just about every pie in the techworld
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#4
Vya Domus
ZoneDymo
pretty sure IBM has its fingers in just about every pie in the techworld
Spreading yourself thin means you'll never master anything.
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#5
R0H1T
ZoneDymo
pretty sure IBM has its fingers in just about every pie in the techworld
That was true perhaps 20 years back, as of now they're not even a jack of all trades! IBM for all intents & purposes is a relic of the past.
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#6
XiGMAKiD
If they're gonna build an AI supercomputer they should call it Sherlock :D
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#7
Jism
R0H1T
That was true perhaps 20 years back, as of now they're not even a jack of all trades! IBM for all intents & purposes is a relic of the past.
Excuse me?
  • IBM revenue for the quarter ending June 30, 2020 was $18.123B, a 5.42% decline year-over-year.
    IBM revenue for the twelve months ending June 30, 2020 was $75.498B, a 3.03% decline year-over-year.
    IBM annual revenue for 2019 was $77.147B, a 3.07% decline from 2018.
    IBM annual revenue for 2018 was $79.591B, a 0.57% increase from 2017.
    IBM annual revenue for 2017 was $79.139B, a 0.98% decline from 2016.
Now compare that to Intel:
Intel revenue for the quarter ending June 30, 2020 was $19.728B, a 19.53% increase year-over-year.
Intel revenue for the twelve months ending June 30, 2020 was $78.955B, a 12.17% increase year-over-year.
Intel annual revenue for 2019 was $71.965B, a 1.58% increase from 2018.
Intel annual revenue for 2018 was $70.848B, a 12.89% increase from 2017.
Intel annual revenue for 2017 was $62.761B, a 5.68% increase from 2016.
You can do the math, but saying they are something from the past? lol.
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#8
Steevo
R0H1T
That was true perhaps 20 years back, as of now they're not even a jack of all trades! IBM for all intents & purposes is a relic of the past.
Most trains, planes, and other essential services like that run on Iseries servers due to their extreme reliability. Sure some kiosks at the airport fetch data and windows crashes, but those are NOT the servers airports and flights use.

3270 is still alive and well.
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#9
PowerPC
lol @ people who say the biggest IT consultant in the world is somehow dead... IBM is swimming in money and corporate customers. If you don't use IBM services, it only shows me that you are a clueless broke customer. The kind Google and Facebook like to milk for all their data to offer "free" services. If you have money to invest and need a certain level of support, like for governments and corporations, IBM are still the go-to guys.
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R0H1T
Jism
Excuse me?



Now compare that to Intel:



You can do the math, but saying they are something from the past? lol.
Right & here I though I was talking about IBM today, mostly a software & consultancy firm, to peak IBM :rolleyes:

Maybe you should look at the IBM of the past & compare your own statements, if you're simply going to compare revenue or profits then yeah go ahead draw your own conclusions but IBM today isn't anywhere close to what IBM (achieved) in the past :shadedshu:
PowerPC
lol @ people who say the biggest IT consultant in the world is somehow dead... IBM is swimming in money and corporate customers. If you don't use IBM services, it only shows me that you are a clueless broke customer. The kind Google and Facebook like to milk for all their data to offer "free" services. If you have money to invest and need a certain level of support, like for governments and corporations, IBM are still the go-to guys.
No they're not, IBM has perhaps their second biggest (or biggest?) workforce in India outside the US & I know they're not as big as you are making them out to be. They were definitely bigger in the past.
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#11
tomc100
One step closer to Skynet
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#12
PowerPC
R0H1T
Right & here I though I was talking about IBM today, mostly a software & consultancy firm, to peak IBM :rolleyes:

Maybe you should look at the IBM of the past & compare your own statements, if you're simply going to compare revenue or profits then yeah go ahead draw your own conclusions but IBM today isn't anywhere close to what IBM (achieved) in the past :shadedshu:

No they're not, IBM has perhaps their second biggest (or biggest?) workforce in India outside the US & I know they're not as big as you are making them out to be. They were definitely bigger in the past.
Who cares what IBM was in the past, literally more than a hundred years ago, and when it had ZERO competition.... You're arguing a very strange point.

Fact is that IBM is very much alive today through sheer perseverance. The company was founded in 1911 and they were doing other things going back to the 1800s under a different name. And they still are at least top 3 pure IT consultancy in the world. They made $4,2 Billion in consulting revenue in 2019. But by prestige, they are definitely the first and it won't change very soon. You can't show a longer track record than IBM in this area. If you know more, then name another company that surpasses IBM.
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#13
R0H1T
I counted 20 years or about 2 decades back, when they last competed in the PC (Mac) & enterprise hardware space. Fact is you're arguing against a point I never made.
PowerPC
And they still are at least top 3 pure IT consultancy in the world. They made $4,2 Billion in consulting revenue in 2019. But by prestige, they are definitely the first and it won't change very soon.
Yeah right, you can assume whatever you want to but it doesn't make it true.
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#14
PowerPC
R0H1T
I counted 20 years or about 2 decades back, when they last competed in the PC (Mac) & enterprise hardware space. Fact is you're arguing against a point I never made.
Yeaah right, you can assume whatever you want to but it doesn't make it true.
I'm not even an IBM sycophant but you are just blatantly misrepresenting the facts about IBM and comparing them with companies in the hardware space. IBM was never a pure hardware company like Intel... In fact, they even sold their ThinkPad line to Lenovo because they are 100% focused on services and not hardware anymore. Cloud and AI services is what they are concentrating on right now and that whole field isn't going away any time soon. But you people keeping calling them a "dinosaur" although their whole focus is on the future, is just hilarious to me.

You don't get that they aren't selling you the IBM Power 10 Processor. They are building massive data centers with it and renting out the use of cloud services where they control the whole infrastructure down to the hardware. That is something people are willing to pay good money for. Often more than it costs to build your own server. Because you get way more than just a server. Most of the future is in this kind of cloud, if you haven't noticed.
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#15
Freebird
7nm FORM FACTOR??? that is a dam small chip... maybe it should say 7nm PROCESS.
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#16
cyneater
so how long before we can get these on the desktop like the power 9 :P ?
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#17
Fourstaff
Trying to figure out whether they are fabricating their own chips, or are they using Samsung's foundries.
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#18
BArms
No chance in hell IBM has a working 7nm node.

These are great for very specific database workloads which is likely all they'll be used for.
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