ARM releases new Neoverse processors: single-core performance soars by 50%

“The performance advantages of the Arm processor core have not only been recognized by large Internet companies in the United States, but also have made a lot of progress at the level of large Internet companies in China and the broad software ecosystem. We believe that the software ecosystem is particularly In the infrastructure market, it is very important.” At the “Arm Neoverse Product Roadmap Update Media Communication Conference” held recently, Chris Bergey, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Arm Infrastructure Division, said.

Neoverse advanced again

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The launch of the Neoverse solution is the first step for Arm to move towards infrastructure. Now, in order to further accelerate the infrastructure transformation, Arm announced that Neoverse has added two new platforms-Arm Neoverse V1 platform and the second-generation N series platform Neoverse N2.

It is reported that Neoverse V1 is the first platform of the V series. Compared with the N1, its single-threaded performance can be improved by more than 50% . For applications with higher CPU performance and bandwidth requirements, it is the platform with the best performance. Importantly, Neoverse V1 supports Scalable Vector Extensions (SVE), bringing huge application potential to markets such as high-performance cloud, high-performance computing, and machine learning.

ARM new Neoverse

Neoverse N2 is positioned as a solution that can provide higher performance computing to meet the performance requirements of horizontal expansion. Its use cases can span the cloud, smart network cards (SmartNICs), enterprise networks, and edge devices with limited power consumption. Compared with Neoverse N1, Neoverse N2 maintains the same level of power and area efficiency, while its single-thread performance has increased by 40%.

ARM Neoverse

At the communication meeting, Chris Bergey specifically introduced the differences between Neoverse V series, N series, and E series in product strategy and market orientation. He said that in the market-oriented strategy, Arm adopts close communication with partners and customers, and provides appropriate solutions according to its corresponding fields. “On the whole, if customers value threading requirements, the N series is more suitable. If customers need to run workloads in the field of high-performance computing, then the V series can provide greater value. It depends entirely on the customer’s Power consumption, performance, area requirements and configuration.”

It is reported that Arm Neoverse’s new computing platform is expected to continue to be optimized until 2021 with a 30% annual growth in platform performance. It can also be seen from the above that Arm’s products released this time have increased by 50% and 40% respectively compared to Neoverse N1. When it comes to how to ensure that the Arm CPU does not slow down, Chris Bergey said that Arm’s future roadmap plan announced in 2018 hopes that each generation will have more than 30% performance improvement, which is similar to Arm. The effort and investment of the engineering team are inseparable, and it has a lot to do with the gradual maturity of the software ecosystem.

Continue to invest in the software ecosystem

Compared with hardware performance, software ecology is another problem faced by enterprise applications. It is reported that Arm continues to invest in the software ecosystem to provide a lossless development experience and “installed and ready to use” software. Chris Bergey said that in the field of cloud and edge computing, Arm’s opportunities include the support of cloud-native software, the performance and power consumption of Arm technology in this application field, and assisting customers in overcoming challenges brought about by the deceleration of Moore’s Law through customized forms. Wait.

According to Chris Bergey, Arm divides software into two types, one is cloud-native software, and the other is traditional enterprise software. “Cloud native software is an area that Arm has always valued. In this area, Arm is now a first-class citizen with the largest continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform, and in the ecosystem of most programming languages, Arm is Plays a core role. At the same time, Arm also sees cloud-native technology becoming more and more important in the field of edge computing, and launched the Cassini project in this field with the goal of providing software developers with a smooth experience.” Chris Bergey said .

With the rise of projects such as V-RAN and O-RAN, cloud native software will also become an important part of the future development of 5G. On the other hand, the development trend of “software as a service” (SaaS) has emerged in the traditional enterprise software field. Chris Bergey said that in the face of this trend, many independent software vendors (ISVs) have shown a strong interest in Arm because of the ability to create very beneficial products based on the Arm architecture, and have invested in the Arm camp in the Chinese market. This trend is particularly significant.

Finally, Chris Bergey said that to strengthen the competitiveness of Arm’s cloud market, the biggest challenge is time. “From Arm’s IP to chip design, to the ability to deploy in the data center, and the support of the software ecosystem, it still takes a certain amount of time, and it also requires the cooperation of partners in the industry chain.”

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