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Intel Partnered with Huawei to Showcase World's First 32-Socket Mission Critical Server "KunLun" at IDF16

14.04.2016 0:00:00 Author: Source:

[Shenzhen, China, April 14, 2016]

At the Intel Developer Forum 2016 (IDF16) held in Shenzhen, China, Intel unveiled state-of-the-art computing technologies. Intel partnered with Huawei, a world-leading information and communications technology (ICT) solution provider, to demonstrate the world's first 32-socket open-architecture midrange computer, KunLun. KunLun is a new-generation enterprise mission critical server developed by Huawei based on the Intel Xeon E7 v3 series CPUs to deliver flexibility, interoperability, and affordability unrivaled by reduced instruction set computers (RISCs).

At the IDF16 opening keynote speech, Intel elaborated the significance of the innovative technologies powering Huawei's Kunlun mission critical server

Positioned for enterprise mission-critical service applications and high-performance computing, the Intel Xeon E7 v3 series CPUs boast the highest reliability and computing performance among the Intel CPUs. Leveraging the Intel Xeon E7 v3 CPUs, Huawei's KunLun mission critical server incorporates innovative RAS 2.0 and processor interconnection technologies to offer single-computer reliability and compute power that surpass those of x86 processor-based servers.

  • Employing Huawei's groundbreaking RAS 2.0 technology, KunLun features proactive fault management by supporting fault prewarning, fault isolation, and alerting maintenance personnel in advance to parts of high failure risks for proactive replacement. KunLun is also the industry's first server to support online maintenance for core parts such as CPUs and memories, and delivers an overall reliability as high as 99.9996%, significantly slashing annual downtime to under 2 minutes.
  • KunLun ranked No.1 in the SPECint_rate2006 and SPECfp_rate2006 computing performance tests in the first quarter of 2016, achieving an 18 million times/minute score in the tpmC testing (demonstrating OLTP performance), which is over 40% higher than the best of traditional mid-range computers.
Enabled by the mature open ecosystem of x86 servers, KunLun supports wider applications and employs an open architecture to support higher interoperability, which improves ease of use and reduces costs for users. Huawei's Kunlun works seamlessly with mainstream databases (SAP HANA/IBM DB2/Oracle/SQL Server), middleware, and OSs (Red Hat Linux/SUSE Linux/Windows Server) to form optimal solutions for customers. Compared with RISC midrange computers, which are based on a close architecture, KunLun boasts overwhelming advantages in terms of flexibility, interoperability, and affordability to better meet long-term strategic requirements of enterprises in the digital economy.
KunLun servers apply to conventional databases, in-memory computing, high-performance computing (HPC) fat nodes, and large virtualization platforms.
Huawei KunLun was debuted and launched in Hannover, Germany, on March 14, 2016.

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