Tag: China

Tianhe-1A Shuts Down After Deadly Double Blast

Aug 13, 2015 |

Citing safety and security concerns following an industrial accident that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more in northeast China on Wednesday night, officials have shut down Tianhe-1A, the supercomputer that heralded China’s rise into the elite fold of supercomputing in 2010. The machine is housed inside the National Supercomputing Center of Tianjin, on the Read more…

China Scores Fifth TOP500 Win with Tianhe-2

Jul 14, 2015 |

When China grabbed the TOP500 crown for its Tianhe-2 supercomputer in June 2013 with double the peak FLOPS of the next fastest machine (Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory), could anyone have foreseen that the machine would still hold on to the top spot a full two years later? As we can see from the 45th edition Read more…

Fourth Annual Asian Supercomputing Challenge Winners Revealed

May 27, 2015 |

The fourth annual Asian Student Supercomputing Challenge concluded last Friday evening with a grand celebration dinner for all the finalists, their advisers, and invited guests at the old Taiyuan University of Technology campus in Taiyuan, China. All 16 teams, nearly 100 students total, were being honored not only for their efforts over a grueling five-day Read more…

Blacklisting Doesn’t Slow Intel Investment in China

Apr 28, 2015 |

Intel may be barred from selling leading edge technology to China’s top supercomputer sites but it is nonetheless ramping up its high-end collaboration with China. On April 21st, Intel launched the first Intel Parallel Computing Center in China, a joint effort with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with widely publicized ceremonies in China. “This Read more…

Four Chinese Supercomputing Orgs Named on US Blacklist

Apr 8, 2015 |

HPCwire has uncovered that four Chinese organizations, including the National University of Defense Technology, which used US-manufactured parts to produce the current fastest supercomputer, Tianhe-2, were placed on the United States’ Entity List on February 18, 2015, meaning that found to be acting contrary to the interests of the US.

Supercomputing Makes for Smarter Chinese Cities

Aug 19, 2014 |

Home to some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, China is looking to apply that computing power to solve issues that are important to its populace. On Monday, a Chinese researcher revealed a plan to use China’s Tianhe-1A system toward the construction of new “smart cities.” Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of urban planning, Read more…

China’s Supercomputing Strategy Called Out

Jul 17, 2014 |

Since China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer has successfully held on to its number one position for three iterations of the TOP500 list, there has been a lot of attention focused on just how useful this nearly 34-petaflops (LINPACK) beast actually is. In fact for many years the consensus on supercomputing in China has centered on a dearth of application Read more…

ASC14 Marks Seventh Win for GPUs

May 29, 2014 |

The past decade has seen a sharp rise in heterogenous computing, processing or coprocessing using more than one processor type. One of the most prominent examples of heterogenous elements in HPC is the GPU computing ecosystem that has been fostered by NVIDIA and AMD. General-purpose GPU (GPGPU) adoption has become widespread in HPC, and student supercomputing Read more…

Fastest Supercomputer Runs Ubuntu, OpenStack

May 27, 2014 |

Although cloud is still widely considered a technology for the masses, the proliferation of cloud within HPC now goes all the way to the highest echelons of supercomputing. China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), which oversees reining TOP500 chart-topper, Tianhe-2, and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, have entered into a partnership to support both Ubuntu Read more…

Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge Emphasizes Applications, Scalability

Apr 21, 2014 |

This morning at 8am local time, the final round of the 2014 Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC14) commenced in Guangzhou, China. The setting for the challenge is the Guangzhou Supercomputer Center, part of the Sun Yat-sen University campus and home to the world’s fastest supercomputer Tianhe-2. According to its backers, ASC14 aims to “promote the fundamental and Read more…

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