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Supercomputer hopes to deploy by 2015

Reports indicate that China is hard at work on a supercomputer that is claimed to be five times faster than a supercomputer the U.S. is expected to deploy soon. That U.S. supercomputer is called Titan and promises performance of about 20 petaflops.

The Chinese supercomputer, which will be deployed in 2015, is boasting performance of 100 petaflops. The computer will be called the Tianhe-2 according to the Guangzhou Supercomputing Center where the computer will reside. Performance of 100 petaflops works out to a quadrillion floating-point calculations per second.

Supercomputer industry experts believe that computers will start reaching the 1000 petaflop performance barrier by 2018. China briefly had the world's fastest supercomputer in 2010 with the Tianhe-1A that had a peak theoretical speed of 4.7 petaflops. That computer is now the fifth fastest in the world.

The new Chinese supercomputer is being designed by the China National University of Defense Technology. The Chinese are aiming for the 100 petaflop barrier by 2015 and then 1000 petaflops, or 1 exaflop, by 2018.

"Taking the top spot in the world's fastest supercomputers gave us a lot of drive, and gave us more confidence to develop better machines," Zhang Yunquan said. Asked Chinese supercomputer should use processors from Intel and Nvidia. However, Zhang says that using hardware from American companies could change as China invests more in the development of homegrown technologies. An example is the completely Chinese developed Shenwei 1600 processor used in the Sunway Bluelight supercomputer last year.

"This [Shenwei 1600] showed that we can make a supercomputer capable of 1 petaflop of performance with our own technology," Zhang said. "I think in the future, as China tries to reach for exascale computing, the designs of these new supercomputers could fully rely on domestic processors. I wouldn't dismiss the possibility."

Source: IT world

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States better smarten up!
By ImmortalSamurai on 11/1/2012 10:49:27 AM , Rating: 3
Make no mistake, this was partially funded by the Chinese is going to be used for hacking and cracking on the US.

RE: States better smarten up!
By Arkive on 11/1/2012 10:57:15 AM , Rating: 3
I disagree. They're not going to brute-force attack a foreign entity with a publicized super computer. They're going to do it using botnets and underground assets that don't necessarily link directly to them. It's all about doing what you want with as much deniability as possibly, and using this computer wouldn't offer them that.

RE: States better smarten up!
By FITCamaro on 11/1/2012 10:59:30 AM , Rating: 4
Agreed. They'll use this once they have our encrypted data to crack it.

RE: States better smarten up!
By NellyFromMA on 11/1/2012 12:37:17 PM , Rating: 2
It's somewhat even potentially worse than that. Remember when China was able to route all internet traffic briefly through their DNS's? Imagine routing all traffic and real-time capture and decryption of the information.

Having more FLOPs available to you means you can decrypt faster than they can encrypt.

RE: States better smarten up!
By Amedean on 11/2/2012 1:30:35 AM , Rating: 2
WOW, thankfully I stumbled into this page to be informed because everyone here is a security expert that knows exactly how China will attack the U.S.

So confident that nobody here used words like "might", or "more likely" or even acknowledged any kind of possibility of another alternative.

I checked online before earlier but here you guys confirm everything I read on the first couple paragraphs of Wikipedia searches so I am now confident you are all qualified to know definitively how China will attack. Just amazing.....

RE: States better smarten up!
By NellyFromMA on 11/2/2012 11:32:30 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, I assumed you were actually trying to deduce things. I'll be sure to keep my grammar to your liking going forward. Anything else I can do to help your panties become less bunched?

RE: States better smarten up!
By Amedean on 11/2/2012 11:44:05 PM , Rating: 3
I take you don't take criticism very well.....

Nothing wrong with a little satire poking fun of a know-it-all! The internet is filled with these parachute experts chopping up other people's opinions.

RE: States better smarten up!
By Schadenfroh on 11/1/2012 11:11:31 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, the PRC's military uses "misguided patriots" behind botnets; they would not dare wage open attacks on The West with their public leaders openly supporting it and dedicating publicized supercomputers.

The US and/or Israel never openly waged a "cyber war", Flame / Stuxnet lurked for years and did not rely on supercomputers.

Make no mistake, the US, Japan and Europe are dominant when it comes to super computing power (take a look at the top 25 list). The PRC likes holding the top spot for PR reasons (using CPUs / GPUs designed / built by Americans, I might add).

RE: States better smarten up!
By NellyFromMA on 11/1/2012 12:34:22 PM , Rating: 2
They've hacked into enough American firms where they likely have obtained more than enoguh information to start domestically developing solutions. Everyone assumes that this is the case.

RE: States better smarten up!
By bupkus on 11/1/2012 1:24:23 PM , Rating: 5
Perhaps the added value brought by Chinese scientists will prove worthy of us hacking into their systems for their IP?

Can we imagine a world where theft becomes the new diplomacy?

"Did you get that gift I hacked for your birthday?"

"Yes, thank you, but I already re-gifted it before it arrived and am about to send you a thank you."

"Don't bother I already read it from your iPad."

"Ha ha, love you."
"Heeh heeh, bye."

RE: States better smarten up!
By NellyFromMA on 11/1/2012 12:31:53 PM , Rating: 2
It's not for bruteforce. It's for real-time or decryption.

RE: States better smarten up!
By ipay on 11/1/2012 11:40:27 AM , Rating: 1
"partially funded by the Chinese Defense" who was funded by and supplied with the technology IP by western companies greed... and Walmart shoppers.

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