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ARM Takes On IBM, Nvidia

ARM Takes On IBM, Nvidia

UK-based chipmaker ARM is set to upset IBM, Intel and Nvidia when it launches its scalable vector extensions (SVE) technology being developed for the ARMv8-A architecture supercomputer, observers say.

The SVE architecture is already set to be used by Fujitsu for the Post-K supercomputer being built for Japan’s Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science.

Observers say the machine should be the world’s most powerful when it goes live in 2020.

SVE was detailed at the Hot Chips conference in San Francisco, and can handle vectors from 128 to 2048 bits in length. It is intended for supercomputer makers like Fujitsu to help them adopt ARM products and deploy them in the world’s biggest and most powerful computers.

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