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Russian supercomputing will use self-developed CPU: 28nm 8-core ARM


Abandoning AMD/Intel: Russian supercomputing will use self-developed CPU: 28nm 8-core ARM

According to British media reports, Russia will develop its own high-performance supercomputing system RSK Tornado , instead of using AMD or Intel ‘s x86 processors, using ARM processors developed by local companies .


According to reports, this platform will be developed by the large system integrator RSC Group , which said that RSK Tornado can use two different processor architectures equally, switch from x86 to ARM is not affected, and work with the storage system developed in Russia, A rack can have 104 servers installed.


The core of this supercomputing is the ARM processor Elbrus series developed by a Russian company. Although the current report does not mention the details, it was reported two years ago. This is an ARM processor developed by the Russian MSCT company .


The Elbrus processor is the fourth generation of MCST 64 -bit ARM architecture, with a maximum of 8 cores, a frequency of 1.3GHz , equipped with 4MB L2 cache, 16MB L3 cache, 28nm process manufacturing, and floating-point performance of 250GFLOPS .


However , the performance of the Elbrus processor is a problem due to the long development time. The test results were announced before . It took 2 minutes and 52 seconds to run the rendering RyzenGraphic_27 model in Blender 2.8 3D .


In comparison, AMD ‘s Phenom II X4 965 processor took 2 minutes and 34 seconds to render the same test, which was a bit faster, while a processor like the Core i7-7700K only took 36 seconds to render , a performance gap of nearly 4- 5 times.


To put it simply, this processor has the performance level of x86 more than 10 years ago , and the 28nm process is relatively outdated. It is far from the current supercomputing chip in terms of energy efficiency, and the resulting supercomputing power consumption is also high. question.

Russian supercomputing will use self-developed CPU: 28nm 8-core ARM