As technological tensions run high between the U.S. and China these days (see Google's recent dust-up with the party, etc.), the People's Republic has unveiled more details on its quest to phase U.S.-made processors from its microchip diet. China's next supercomputer – a Linux-running machine known as the Dawning 6000 – will run purely on Chinese processors, possibly before the end of this year.
China has been developing its own CPUs at the state-run Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) for several years, but iterations of its chip – known as Loongson or "Dragon Core" – have been incapable of breaking into the elite ranks of supercomputing. China's last supercomputer, the Dawning 5000a, was intended to run on Loongson processors, but was eventually constructed around AMD processors when the ICT couldn't deliver a powerful enough chip quickly enough.
The Loongson 3, under development since 2001, should change all this if the ICT can deliver on its promise. Based on the MIPS architecture, the chips theoretically can be strung in 16-core clusters to perform at extremely high speeds, possibly hitting the petaflop performance mark with just 782 16-core chips. That's one quadrillion operations per second, for those of you keeping score.
Right now, of course, this is all on paper (well, a quad-core chip is in prototype, but the proposed 16-core bad boy is still under development). But authorities in the supercomputing field seem to agree that the chips, running in clusters, can hit the performance marks necessary to create a top-tier supercomputer. This isn't the first time the Chinese have promised a home-grown high-performance supercomputer, but for the first time it looks like they are going to deliver.
oh good. after china's hacking, now they are getting more power :p
there's a huge difference between "home grown" and "home made". China has done squat when it comes to developing its own products. the likelihood that this is just another copy of a U.S. company's design runs quite high.
i agree with locutus this a mere case of reverse engineering of American products ,and the article seems like to glorify and struck fear to the readers ,in fact only a small portion of reality is being shown , and in reality , everything is only a wishy washy wish list ,
Whoopdy do, India makes a rocket ship and China made a computer chip why are we amazed thats the U.S. isnt the only country to innovate? Its not like were the most technologically advanced society filled with a population of mostly genius's... the news here is , if any that theres a new chip that could make a supercomtpuet that does a quadrillion operations per second.PERIOD.
If this chip performs like other Chinese made electronics it will crap out the day after its warranty is up! LOL! Those Chinese hacks are taking great strides in electronics but they are still a mile behind us in the technology race.
Will our government stand up to China when we find out they are just copying Intel or AMD design ? "Hacks" is too nice...
Its based on a MIPS design. I think they even reached an agreement on an infringement issue wrt some important instructions dealing with sync/parallelism. If they can beat intel in a free market then have at it. This is China govt investing in computing just like the US does at at DOE. They posted a top5 result last time and are going to the moon. better wake up - USA.
So, if AMD makes Intel clones, it's the free market at its best, but if the Chinese make a processor, they're just copying?
does anyone else comment on here other than paid corporate trolls jealous of China's development. i am very happy to see China making procesors. i am tired of amd, and intel dominating the market. the people of the world should be given an alternative to a western dominated procesor industry. i look forward to also seeing Chinese memory, and hard drives.