ARM has a new chip for data centres

Eniac-USarmyPhoto700A few weeks after Japanese company Softbank said it would buy ARM for $32 billion. ARM is expected to announce a design to crash into the server and Internet of Things market.

The chip design is being detailed at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California today.

It looks like ARM has got the nod to build a new supercomputer based on the new chip design which will be installed in Japan. The Post-K supercomputer will be developed by Fujitsu, which dropped SPARC architecture for ARM for high-performance computers. Fujitsu helped ARM develop the new chip.

Post-K will be 50 to 100 times speedier than its predecessor, the K Computer, which is currently the fifth fastest computer in the world.

The new ARM processor design will be based on the 64-bit ARM-v8A architecture and have vector processing extensions called Scalable Vector Extension. Vector processors drove early supercomputers, which then shifted over to less expensive IBM RISC chips in the early 1990s, and on to general-purpose x86 processors, which are in most high-performance servers today.

Goodbye Intel.