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Huawei opens first ARM data centre in Russia

Written by Thu 29 Jul 2021

Huawei, a multinational provider of consumer electronics and telecommunications equipment, has announced the launch of a new data processing centre in Russia.

According to the company, the new data centre is the first in Russia based on ARM technology.

The new data centre, located in the Huawei Moscow office, was created to be compatible with Huawei’s ARM-based Taishan servers so that local customers can explore the uses of ARM technology.

ARM refers to a RISC-based architecture for processors, fundamentally different from the Intel-style CPUs.  Almost a year ago, Huawei announced that as a result of U.S. sanctions, it would have to halt the production of ARM-based custom Kirin chips. Then, in April 2021, ARM – a company headquartered in the UK – said that, after investigation, it had determined that U.S. export restrictions did not apply to the new ARMv9 chip architecture. Therefore, ARM is free to license ARMv9 intellectual property to Huawei.

With continued access to ARM architecture, Huawei is free to continue exploring ARM as an alternative processing architecture, including providing the Russian market access to ARM through the new data processing centre.

When announcing the launch of the data centre, Huawei said that the new facility “demonstrates the company’s intention to develop software products in Russia.”

“This computing cluster will enable our partners and customers to test their software products, to join the construction of a new open ecosystem,” said Nikita Solodun, intelligent computing systems expert at Huawei in Russia.

The new data centre will facilitate the use of ARM-based technology by the Russian scientific and academic communities looking to explore the opportunities posed by open source and supercomputing.

“Prior to the commissioning of this data centre, we had to spend resources on the delivery of equipment and deployment of servers at the customer’s sites, now it is possible to provide both remote and local access to equipment with virtually no time delays.”

Liu Yu, Director of the Department of Intelligent Computing Systems for Huawei in Russia, noted that ARM cores have a number of uses, including “big data, virtualization systems, databases, storage systems, but also other tasks. The tests carried out have shown that in a number of scenarios ARM servers can already compete fully with solutions based on the x86 architecture.”

Written by Thu 29 Jul 2021


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