Supercomputer Part 2

NSA, DOE say China’s supercomputing advances put U.S. at risk

Mar 15, 2017

  • Advanced computing experts at the National Security Agency and the Department of Energy are warning that China is “extremely likely” to take leadership in supercomputing as early as 2020, unless the U.S. acts quickly to increase spending. China’s supercomputing advances are not only putting national security at risk, but also U.S. leadership in high-tech manufacturing. If China succeeds, it may “undermine profitable parts of the U.S. economy,” according to a report titled U.S. Leadership in High Performance Computing by HPC technical experts at the NSA, the DOE, the National Science Foundation and other agencies.

US needs a lot of supercomputing spending or risk falling broadly behind China by 2020

March 15, 2017

  • In June of 2016, China newest supercomputer, the Taihu Light system, nearly triple the previous record-setting numbers of another Chinese supercomputer, Tianhe -2. These results were achieved using a Chinese designed and fabricated 28nm System -on -Chip (SOC) architecture. This announcement was coupled with impressive advancements in indigenously developed system software and high performance computing ( HPC) applications , as shown by having three Chinese research teams as finalists for the 2016 Gordon Bell prize. These results indicate that China has attained a near -peer status with the U.S. in HPC. The U.S. asserted its intention to maintain a leadership position in HPC in the July 2015 Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI).

Tianhe-3: China says its world-first exascale supercomputer will be ready by 2020


  • Meng Xiangfei, a director at the National Supercomputer Center at Tianjin, told the China Daily newspaper that his institute aims to have a prototype of its Tianhe-3 ready by 2018. For that they will need breakthroughs in high-performance processors. But Meng is confident. If they succeed, Tianhe-3 will be 10 times faster than the current fastest supercomputer in the world, the Sunway TaihuLight.

China to Reveal Prototype of World’s First Exascale Supercomputer this Year

Feb 07, 2017

  • China is developing its first exascale supercomputer as part of its 13th Five-Year-Plan (2016-2020). The government of Tianjin Binhai New Area, the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) and the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin are working on building the Tianhe-3 prototype.

China Says Its World-First ‘Exascale’ Supercomputer Is Almost Complete

20 JAN 2017

  • “A complete computing system of the exascale supercomputer and its applications can … be expected in 2020, and will be 200 times more powerful than the country’s first petaflop computer Tianhe-1, recognised as the world’s fastest in 2010,” Zhang Ting from the National Supercomputer Centre told state news agency Xinhua.

The Next Supercomputing Superpower – Chinese Technology Comes Of Age

January 3, 2017

  • Chinese supercomputers have comfortably sat on the top of the biannual list since June 2013, when Tianhe-2 achieved a Linpack benchmark speed of 34 petaFLOPS—a staggering 1,000 times faster than leading machines in the preceding decade. In fact, Tianhe-2’s number one spot would remain unchallenged for six consecutive TOP500 lists.

Chinese Research Team that Employs High Performance Computing to Understand Weather Patterns Wins 2016 ACM Gordon Bell Prize

November 17, 2016

  • The fully-implicit solver successfully scales to the entire system of the Sunway TaihuLight, a Chinese supercomputer with over 10.5 M heterogeneous cores, allowing for a performance of 7.95 PFLOPS in double precision. The Chinese team contends that this is the largest fully-implicit simulation to date. The Sunway TaihuLight is ranked as the fastest supercomputer in the world. It is nearly three times as fast as the Tianhe-2, the supercomputer that previously held the world record for speed. Winning team members include Chao Yang, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Wei Xue, Tsinghua University; Haohuan Fu, Tsinghua University; Hongtao You, National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering and Technology; Xinliang Wang, Beijing Normal University; Yulong Ao, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Fangfang Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lin Gan, Tsinghua University; Ping Xu, Tsinghua University; Lanning Wang, Beijing Normal University; Guangwen Yang, Tsinghua University; and Weimin Zheng, Tsinghua University.

China still has the two most powerful supercomputers in the world

Nov 14, 2016

  • China’s Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2 topped the list of supercomputers, maintaining the lead the systems had six months ago, according to the Top500 supercomputer rankings. The U.S. and China increased the number of supercomputers in the list and are now neck and neck with each having 171 systems, according to the 48th edition of the rankings, released Monday. China had 167 systems to 165 from the U.S. in June’s edition of the biannual listing.

China on the Spotlight as Development of Sugon Super Computer Kicks Off

Nov 07, 2016

  • As China’s 13th Five-Year plan kicks off its system development stage, the country is taking the center stage as Tianjin-based Sugon Corporation recently announced its plan to research and develop a world-leading super computer, China Daily reported. The Sugon super computer is an EFlops High Performance Computer (HPC), which is able to “conduct exascale floating point operations per second (or eFlops),” the article said.

A billion billion calculations per second: where no computer has gone before

29 October, 2016

  • China has started to develop its first exascale computer capable of performing a billion billion calculations per second, as the country steps up efforts to stay in the lead of the global supercomputer race. The high-performance computer, if it can be built by 2020, will boost the country’s scientific capability and possibly maintain its prestige of housing the world’s fastest calculating system.

Supercomputer prototype to be finished next year


  • A model machine of a supercomputer capable of at least a billion calculations per second will be finished by the end of next year, making it the first supercomputer to reach the highest level of independent research and development nationwide by far, Liu Guangming, director of the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, said on Monday.