IBM Power10 CPU will have 2.6x performance per watt and the 7nm CPU will be fabbed by Samsung. It should become available in late 2021. This is another report from Sander Olson.
It will have up to 60/30 cores/socket (240 HW threads) Modular Building Block Die New Core uArch AI-optimized ISA Energy Efficiency Focus HW Enforced Security Enterprise Focus PowerAXON 2.0 PCIe G5 Memory Clustering.
POWER10 Design Focus
Data Plane Bandwidth, Capacity, Composability, Scale
Terabyte/second sockets, Petabyte system memory capacities, 16-socket SMP → Clusters
Powerful Enterprise Core
New Core Architecture, Flexibility, Larger caches, Reduced Latencies
Hardware enabled and co-optimized with PowerVM hypervisor
3x improvement over POWER9
10-20x matrix-math performance / socket compared to POWER9
SOURCES – Hot Chips 32, IBM, Sanders Olson
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4 thoughts on “IBM Power 10 Will Have 2.6X Performance Per Watt”
Outsourcing the Fab was a good idea. But it still cause a lot of money to design and test each new generation. Eventually, it will die.
After PowerPC swapped endian-ness to match x86, the big cloud boys started sniffing around, testing them with recompiled linux software. The improvements over Intel at least were attractive enough that Google at one point was seriously thinking of building one datacenter-worth of them. Though how much things have changed after AMD (and now to a certain extent Intel) have embraced chiplets and heterogenous chips threw a spanner in that. At least the PowerPC folks have been rather embracing of new interconnects, which again the big cloud guys find interesting for internal needs.
I am surprised the POWER CPU isn’t dead yet. I predicted two decades ago that most CPUs would died because of the increasing cost of FAB as you shrink the geometry. You have to be able to sell a certain minimum number of CPU to justify the cost of designing, testing and manufacturing the CPU. So year after year CPUs joined the dustbin of time. But I guess IBM can afford to waste money keeping POWER alive when they should let it die. IBM need to let marginal products like POWER die when they can see there is no future for them.
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