Huawei opens Russia’s first ARM-based data center

Huawei opens Russia’s first ARM-based data center

Chinese multinational technology company Huawei Technologies has announced the launch of a new data processing centre in Russia.

According to a press note from the global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, the new data centre is the first in Russia based on ARM technology.

The new data centre, located in the Huawei Moscow office, was created to be compatible with Huawei’s ARM-based Taishan servers so that local customers can explore the uses of ARM technology.

Huawei said however the ARM processor are dominant in mobile technology but it can be a replacement to the x86 architecture in the data centers. On the other hand, Ampere, Fujitsu, and Microsoft are also preparing to launch ARM CPUs for the server market.

Huawei Russia’s Intelligent Computing System Department Director- Liu Yu said: “High-performance Arm cores have proven themselves well not only in tasks with numerous parallel computing, such as big data, virtualization systems, databases, storage systems, but also other tasks. The tests carried out have shown that in several scenarios Arm servers can already compete fully with solutions based on the x86 architecture.”

In 2019, Huawei launched the Kunpeng 920 processor along with the first ARM-based server CPU to deliver higher performance. This processor was based on ARMv8 architecture, the 7nm Kunpeng 920 comes with 64 cores and operates at 2.6GHz, with eight channels of DDR4 memory.

Huawei said that the Russian scientific and academic community is using the facility to optimize open source solutions and supercomputing development. The construction of the new facility indicates the company’s aim to develop software products in Russia.

Huawei has promised $1.5 billion to help develop Arm-native applications to help it overcome sanctions. Last month, the Chinese tech firm announced it was working with Sitronics to develop hardware that meets domestic localization requirements.

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