IBM has unveiled details of the upcoming new IBM Telum Processor, designed to bring deep learning inference to enterprise workloads to help address fraud in realtime.
Announced at the annual Hot Chips conference, Telum is IBM’s first processor that contains on-chip acceleration for AI inferencing while a transaction is taking place.
Three years in development, the new on-chip hardware acceleration is designed to help customers achieve business insights at scale across banking, finance, trading, insurance applications and customer interactions.
A Telum-based system is planned for the first half of 2022.
Innovations across banking, finance, trading, insurance
Today, businesses typically apply detection techniques to catch fraud after it occurs, a process that can be time consuming and compute-intensive due to the limitations of today’s technology, particularly when fraud analysis and detection is conducted far away from mission critical transactions and data.
Due to latency requirements, complex fraud detection often cannot be completed in real-time – meaning a bad actor could have already successfully purchased goods with a stolen credit card before the retailer is aware fraud has taken place.
According to the Federal Trade Commission’s 2020 Consumer Sentinel Network Databook, consumers reported losing more than $3,3-billion to fraud in 2020, up from R1,8-billion in 2019.
Telum can help clients to move their thinking from a fraud detection posture to a fraud prevention posture, evolving from catching many cases of fraud today, to a potentially new era of prevention of fraud at scale, without impacting service level agreements (SLAs), before the transaction is completed.
The new chip features a centralised design, which allows clients to leverage the full power of the AI processor for AI-specific workloads, making it ideal for financial services workloads like fraud detection, loan processing, clearing and settlement of trades, anti-money laundering and risk analysis.
These features mean that clients will be positioned to enhance existing rules-based fraud detection or use machine learning, accelerate credit approval processes, improve customer service and profitability, identify which trades or transactions may fail, and propose solutions to create a more efficient settlement process.
The chip contains eight processor cores with a deep super-scalar out-of-order instruction pipeline, running with more than 5GHz clock frequency, optimised for the demands of heterogenous enterprise class workloads.
The redesigned cache and chip-interconnection infrastructure provides 32MB cache per core, and can scale to 32 Telum chips. The dual-chip module design contains 22-billion transistors and 19 miles of wire on 17 metal layers.
Telum is the first IBM chip with technology created by the IBM Research AI Hardware Centre.
Samsung is IBM’s technology development partner for the Telum processor, developed in 7nm EUV technology node.