ARM SVE Architecture Details Revealed, Will Power Super Computers
ARM Holdings, the UK based semiconductor giant, has revealed some details about its ARM SVE architecture. This will be used to power one of the world’s most advanced and most powerful supercomputer that will be built by Fujitsu. The supercomputer is going to be used at Japan’s RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science.
ARM SVE architecture was revealed at the Hot Chips conference that was held recently. The ARM SVE architecture is powerful enough to handle vectors from 128 to 2,048 bits in length. It is targeted at supercomputer makers. This will allow companies to make the shift towards ARM products and allow them to be used in the most powerful supercomputers around the world.
Lakshmi Mandyam, director of server systems and ecosystems at ARM states:
A vast number of the workloads being deployed on servers are things like storage, web applications and networking. Those kinds of things make up a significant proportion of the server market. They are also some of the fastest growing applications in terms of the workloads being deployed.
These workloads are ‘scale out’ workloads that lend themselves to running across many different nodes. Each one of those nodes doesn’t have to be very compute intensive.
Those workloads are actually more about the input-output and memory performance than they are about the compute performance [of the microprocessor].
Fujitsu chose to go with the ARM SVE architecture back in July to power the Post-K supercomputer. This is number 5 on the list of top 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world. So you know why this is a big deal and why everyone wants to know about the ARM SVE architecture and what it has to offer this supercomputer.
ARM SVE architecture is a big deal in the supercomputing world and it has a big role to play in the future. We will see more about the ARM SVE architecture in the coming days.