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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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Perhaps a move in the right direction?
By bupkus on 11/1/2012 1:06:20 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps a move in the right direction?

I, and I assume one other here, recall a time when the threat was 100 megatons; now it's 100 petaflops.

I'm hoping it's a giant abacus.




RE: Perhaps a move in the right direction?
By Ringold on 11/1/2012 3:43:01 PM , Rating: 2
At least nuclear war never did break out, whereas IP theft by China is real and extremely damaging. :\

Read a good interview by Elon Musk regarding SpaceX a couple weeks back. He can't talk about much of what he does to keep costs down and can't patent any of it because he knows as soon as he did, the Chinese would just use it all as a blueprint to copy his work.

Hurricane Sandy provides an interesting example. All that destruction sounds like about 50 billion worth last I heard. Lets go with a low, low estimate that Chinese IP theft or coercion costs 50 billion a year to our economy. We don't see it, because its spread out amongst all of us instead of localized in one place, but thats a Hurricane Sandy every single year tearing at the guts of the economy.


RE: Perhaps a move in the right direction?
By bupkus on 11/1/2012 4:38:36 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for your post, but I do get it and I do get angry when theft especially affects the lesser 47% of the population as by law it must. So I do hope we manage to cauterize this bleed of IP.


RE: Perhaps a move in the right direction?
By Ringold on 11/1/2012 5:53:02 PM , Rating: 2
The legal impact probably falls directly on the top 5% or so.. the engineers, high-end programmers etc that create the IP. It flows down to the bottom half when those companies sales get driven in to the ground from cheap Chinese knock-offs and thus have to lay off staff. It really impacts the 100%; it's why property rights are the cornerstone of sound economics for most people.

I figured you knew how damaging it was though, but Sandy just provides a visceral, clear example of the damage, just focused instead of dispersed. Normally it's like farm subsidies; enormously helps one tiny group, but only very slightly hurts most people, so it goes relatively unnoticed, and never mentioned on CNN.


By wordsworm on 11/1/2012 7:00:24 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that IP is very important to a successful economy. Usually I hear people on this board deride the concept of IP and the rules around it. So, I'm surprised not to hear the 'I steal, you steal, we all steal,' mantra.


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