This is the first mass-produced 7nm processor from IBM
IBM has unveiled the next generation of its Power processor family, the IBM Power10. Designed “to meet the unique needs of enterprise hybrid cloud computing,” the IBM Power10 processor was the first mass-produced 7nm processor from IBM. According to IBM, the use of advanced technology standards has allowed three times the energy efficiency of the processor, while keeping the power consumption in the same range as that of the IBM Power9.
IBM Power10 took five years to develop. The processor has many innovations, as evidenced by “hundreds of new patents and patent applications.” In particular, this is support for multi-petabyte memory clusters using a revolutionary technology called Memory Inception, designed to increase cloud capacity and save resources for resource-intensive workloads from independent software vendors such as SAP, SAS Institute and others, as well as for AI inference. for large models.
The manufacturer also highlights new hardware-assisted security features, including transparent memory encryption designed to support end-to-end security. The processor delivers significantly improved encryption performance by up to four times the number of AES ciphers per core compared to the IBM Power9. It also includes improvements to improve container security.
The new processor core architecture in the IBM Power10 processor includes the Matrix Math Accelerator, which delivers 10x, 15x, and 20x faster AI inference in FP32, BFloat16, and INT8 calculations, respectively, than the IBM Power9 processor.
The processors will be manufactured by Samsung. Systems on the new processors are expected to arrive in the second half of 2021.