IBM is feeling Powerful in the Core Wars, details on the Power9 architecture have arrived
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2016 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, power9
IBM's Power9 processor is scheduled to appear on the scene just over a year from now and finally we have some details about what it will be. Firstly the core count is to be two higher than Intel, 24 cores and is optimized for use in two socket servers. The chips are 14nm FinFETs fabbed by GLOBALFOUNDRIES which will be compatible with modern industry standards including DDR4, PCIe 4.0 and NVLink 2.0 so you can even take advantage of Jen-Hsun's latest products.
The list of customers is quite impressive, Google has moved to Power8 already and described changing to the infrastructure as simple as flipping a switch, the US Department of Energy will build their next HPCs using Power9 and Rackspace is currently working with Google to develop Power9 server blueprints for the Open Compute Project.
Several Chinese companies will take advantage of those OpenPower blueprints to develop their own 'partner chips', Power8 and 9 architecture which will be using 10nm gates in 2018 to 2020. This is somewhat amusing considering the shipping of Xeon processors to China has been banned by the US Government. Check out more of the slides from IBM's presentation at The Register.
"IBM's Power9 processor, due to arrive in the second half of next year, will have 24 cores, double that of today's Power8 chips, it emerged today.
Meanwhile, Google has gone public with its Power work – confirming it has ported many of its big-name web services to the architecture, and that rebuilding its stack for non-Intel gear is a simple switch flip."
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