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China's Fastest Supercomputer to Have China-Made Chips


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Tianhe supercomputer

The Tianhe supercomputer housed at the National Super Computer Center in Tianjin weighs 155 tons and covers an area of about one thousand square meters.

Credit: He Shuyuan / Xinhua

China's fastest super computer "Tianhe-1," is to be equipped this year with China-made central processing unit (CPU) chips, replacing the only part of the computer that is currently imported.

Zhang Yulin, president of the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) which developed the computer, told Xinhua Monday (March 8) that the chips, also developed by the NUDT, are customized for the super computer. "The new CPUs will greatly raise the peak speed and computing efficiency of Tianhe-1," Zhang said on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress, the country' s top legislature now meeting in Beijing.

"Tianhe-1," unveiled in October last year, theoretically is capable of more than one quadrillion calculations per second when operating at peak speed.

 

From Xinhua News Agency
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