Prototype of next-gen supercomputer to be launched this year

By Xinhua - Global Times Source:Xinhua-Global Times Published: 2018/1/28 23:18:39

China will put into operation its next-generation exascale supercomputer this year, a researcher said.

"The prototype's launch will pave the way for the development of a supercomputer capable of a billion billion calculations per second," said Zhang Ting, a researcher at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The new supercomputer will be 200 times faster and have 100 times more storage capacity than the Tianhe-1 supercomputer, China's first petascale supercomputer launched in 2010, Zhang said.

The supercomputer center in Tianjin began developing the exascale supercomputer with the National University of Defense Technology in 2016.

Zhang said that with the help of Tianhe-1, the center is capable of supercomputing, cloud computing and big data, which provide support to research institutes, universities, companies and governments around the country.

The national plan for the next generation of high performance computers states that China will develop an exascale computer in the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20).

The Tianhe-1 currently supports various tasks, including oil exploration, high-end equipment manufacturing, biological medicine and animation design.

It is estimated that Tianhe-1 has helped hundreds of companies save up to 100 million yuan ($15.65 million) in R&D, and generated 3 billion yuan for them in profits, Zhang said.

The Tianhe-1 supercomputer serves industries like animation, online finance and big data, as well as e-governance of the Binhai New Area.

"The Tianhe-1, which performs more than 1,400 tasks a day, is running at full capacity. We need a next-generation supercomputer to replace it," Zhang said.

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