Aug 17, 2020

IBM reveals its next-generation POWER10 processor

Harry Menear
2 min
Credit: Connie Zhou for IBM
IBM's new POWER10 processor delivers staggering benefits to enterprise hybrid cloud operators...

After five years of development, the next generation of IBM’s line of central processing units (CPUs) has just been unveiled. 

The IBM POWER10 has been specifically created to handle the demands of enterprise hybrid cloud computing architectures, and could represent a generational leap in the capabilities of data centre processing power. The technology has resulted in hundreds of patents filed by IBM and is expected to revolutionise processing in data centres by driving greater efficiency and reducing costs, such as space and energy use, while also allowing hybrid cloud users to achieve more work in a smaller footprint. 

The processor has been designed with an emphasis on energy efficiency and performance. 

According to an IBM press release, the unit has a 7 nanometre (nm) form factor, which is expected to deliver a 300% increase in processor energy efficiency, workload capacity, and container density, compared to the IBM POWER9 processor currently in use. 


A collection of IBM POWER10 7nm processors on a silicon wafer. The wafer is cut into individual chips that become the “brains” behind IBM Power Systems servers. Each IBM POWER10 chip can deliver up to 3x the capacity and energy efficiency of the previous generation and up to 20x faster INT8 AI inferencing. Credit: Connie Zhou for IBM

"Enterprise-grade hybrid clouds require a robust on-premises and off-site architecture inclusive of hardware and co-optimised software," said Stephen Leonard, general manager of IBM Cognitive Systems. 

"With IBM POWER10 we've designed the premier processor for enterprise hybrid cloud, delivering the performance and security that clients expect from IBM. With our stated goal of making Red Hat OpenShift the default choice for hybrid cloud, IBM POWER10 brings hardware-based capacity and security enhancements for containers to the IT infrastructure level."

As part of IBM’s Research Alliance, the company has been working with South Korean tech giant Samsung for over a decade on semiconductor development, including the world’s first industry test of a 7nm chip back in 2015. 

According to the company, in order to address new security considerations associated with the higher density of containers and the ongoing growth of cyber attacks, IBM POWER10 is “designed to deliver new hardware-enforced container protection and isolation capabilities co-developed with the IBM POWER10 firmware.” 

The result is that, if a container becomes compromised, the POWER10 unit can isolate and protect other containers in the same Virtual Machine from being affected by the intrusion.

The processor is also being constructed with the ongoing growth of AI applications in mind. The POWER10 has an embedded Matrix Math Accelerator, which is expected to deliver 10x, 15x, and 20x faster AI inference for FP32, BFloat16 and INT8 calculations respectively.

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Jun 18, 2021

Group Management: Superior compliance in construction

Group Management
3 min
Group Management’s Steve Cressey on a uniquely collaborative partnership with Mercury Engineering and almost 15 years of compliant construction projects

Group Management Electrical Surveys is a long-standing and vital partner to Mercury Engineering. The company offers an innovative suite of electrical inspection, test and documentation services to ensure compliance in complex major construction projects for many of the UK and EU's leading companies. Utilising in-house cutting-edge solutions and its highly competent and experienced engineers, Group Management provides everything from electrical inspection and testing to thermal imaging surveys, QA/QC management, torque compliance, technical support, DSEAR compliance and electrical installation condition reports.

“No project can achieve handover without the correct documentation and safety critical electrical certification in place,” says Managing Director Steve Cressey. “Our services ensure that project critical documentation and certification can be correctly produced in an efficient, cost effective manner, which makes Group Management an important part of any construction project.” 

Cressey joined the business in 2009, bringing strong and incisive leadership to Group Management, with decades of industry experience giving him a unique understanding of the design through to handover construction process. He has stewarded the business’ partnership with Mercury since its inception and describes it as uniquely collaborative.  

“Our relationship with Mercury Engineering stretches back many years. We partnered with Mercury  on our first Data Centre project together in Watford in 2007, and since then the relationship has gone from strength to strength,” says Cressey.

“The partnership is longstanding, and we’ve built an incredibly strong working relationship. Partnering with Mercury, who are an innovative, cutting-edge technology provider, means we must constantly improve our services offering. We strive to be the best in what we do, and Mercury can trust we will be efficient in delivering on time, on budget, to achieve a successful handover that meets both Mercury’s and the end clients’ future needs.”

Group Management has since successfully completed more than 30 Data Centre projects throughout the EU as Mercury’s preferred electrical compliance partner. The relationship has also seen Group Management partner with Mercury Engineering on four brand-new hospitals in the UK and Ireland, key pharmaceutical projects and a number of commercial and leisure spaces. 

“To ensure the continued success and growth of Group Management we always discuss projects with key clients and their teams, take feedback on the performance of both our business and our individuals, and in turn use that to improve our services,” Cressey says. 

“The professional development of our employees is essential to our success. All our employees are encouraged to continue their education, to further develop their skills through additional training, and that in turn drives better service and a superior product for our clients. We now offer four more services to Mercury than when the partnership began, which has helped spur Group Management’s growth and success within the wider market.”



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