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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…

Russia, India Take Aim at China’s FLOPS Lead

Apr 9, 2014 |

The race to build the world’s fastest supercomputer – and possibly even the first exascale-class system – just got more interesting. Russia and India are considering an alliance that would enable them to more effectively compete with rival supercomputing powers, in particular China. Last month, Boris Shabanov of the Russian Academy of Sciences extended an Read more…

Peek into China’s Plans for Top Supercomputer Shows No Slowdown

Mar 20, 2014 |

This week we learned more about Japan’s exascale plans for the 2020 timeframe, but also on the contender list to be among the first to reach exascale-class computing levels is China. For now, however, the country has its sights set on continuing to dominate the list in 2015 and beyond. To put this and the Read more…

China Prepares for Quantum Age

Jan 24, 2014 |

Exascale isn’t the only international computing race currently underway. Around the world national interests are also scrambling to build quantum computers capable of making and breaking amazingly-complex codes. Take China for example. Already home to the most powerful supercomputer in the world, Tianhe-2, researchers in China have set their sites on the holy grail of Read more…

Asia’s Place in the Exascale Pack

Dec 6, 2013 |

Efforts to field the first exascale supercomputer are currently in play by such nations as China, Japan, the US, and the EU. Not only would this achievement provide a powerful science and industry tool for the winning nation, there’s a substantial symbolic victory hanging in the balance. Over at Intel’s IT Peer Network blog, Victor Na, Read more…

China’s Exascale Ambitions

Oct 11, 2013 |

“Beware the sleeping dragon. For when she awakes the Earth will shake.” — Winston Churchill, speaking about China For two decades, TOP500.org has published a biannual list of the world’s fastest computing machines. For the first 17 years, the competition for the number one spot was a back-and-forth match between the United States and Japan. Read more…

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