The much-awaited, one of its kind processor is here! IBM recently unveiled its next-generation processor – the IBM Power10 processor. IBM considers this processor as an important evolution in its POWER journey. To add on, this Power10 chip is faster at AI computing tasks. To be precise, 20 times faster than its previous generation chip.

The Power10, designed over five years – is IBM’s first commercial 7-nanometer processor. This processor can meet all the hybrid cloud computing needs of an enterprise. Also, it can provide up to

  • 3x greater processor energy efficiency,
  • workload capacity, and
  • container density than the IBM Power9 processor.

As per the latest reports, Samsung Electronics will manufacture the IBM Power10 processor and will be available to all in the 2nd half of 2021. 

Features of the new IBM Power10 processor:

  • The Power10 processor provides faster encryption performance with quadruple the number of AES encryption engines per core in comparison to the IBM Power9. 
  • Besides power savings, the IBM Power10 processor offers hardware memory encryption with an estimated 40% faster cryptography. Thanks to new AES cores and enhancements such as support for homomorphic encryption techniques. The Power10 also delivers hardware-enforced container protection and isolation capabilities, co-optimized with its firmware. Therefore, enabling the prevention of other containers in the same virtual machine from being affected by a single intrusion.
  • The Power10 processor’s core architecture is embedded with a Matrix Math Accelerator. And this is extrapolated to provide 10x, 15x and 20x faster AI inference for FP32, BFloat16, and INT8 calculations per socket respectively to infuse AI into business applications and drive greater insights.
  • The IBM Power10 processor features dynamic execution register control. In other words, users can design apps more resistant to attacks with negligible performance loss. Beyond this, it ships with what IBM calls “memory inception.”  This feature lets any Power10-based system in a cluster – to share the memory with other systems. Meanwhile, on the AI side of the equation, IBM says it expects the Power10 processor to achieve 10 to 20 times better performance for enterprise AI inference tasks when compared to Power9.
  • The Power10 processor consumes less power. Thereby, driving greater data center efficiency and reducing costs, while allowing hybrid cloud setups to achieve more work in a smaller footprint. To add on, memory inception will drive further savings, as cloud providers offer more capabilities using fewer servers with pools of shared memory. And as a result, cloud users lease fewer resources to meet their IT needs.

Finally,

IBM POWER10-based servers are sure to positively impact the enterprise hybrid cloud market. Let’s wait and see what it has in store for all of us! 

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