China to develop prototype super, super computer in 2017

China plans to develop a prototype exascale computer by the end of the year, state media said Tuesday, as it seeks to win a global race to be the first to build a machine capable of a billion, billion calculations per second.

If successful, the achievement would cement its place as a leading power in the world of supercomputing.

The Asian giant built the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight machine, in June last year, which was twice as fast as the previous number one. Continue reading

Now 500 global users of China’s Tianhe-1 supercomputer

More than 500 global users from a range of industries, including oil exploration, biomedical science, aviation, and weather forecasting, are now making use of China’s Tianhe-1 supercomputer, which resides at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin.

The Tianhe-1 runs more than 1,000 programs every day, and its users originate from countries such as the US, Singapore, and Spain, reports the state-run China News Service. Continue reading