Supercomputer ‘Sunway BlueLight MPP’ unveiled by China, based on its own chips

China is trying to make space in the field of super computers. It has made its first supercomputer based on Chinese microprocessor chips, an advance that surprised high-performance US computing specialists.

The announcement was made this week at a technical meeting held in Jinan, China, organized by industry and government organizations. The new machine, the Sunway BlueLight MPP, was installed in September at the National Supercomputer Center in Jinan, the capital of Shandong province in eastern China.

The Sunway system, which can perform about 1,000 trillion calculations per second – a petaflop – will probably rank among the 20 fastest computers in the world. More significantly, it is composed of 8,700 ShenWei SW1600 microprocessors, designed at a Chinese computer institute and manufactured in Shanghai.

Currently, the Chinese are about three generations behind the state-of-art chip making technologies used by world leaders such as the United States, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

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