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Supercomputer built in China takes wing in Jinan

(Xinhua)

08:40, January 20, 2012

THE Sunway BlueLight supercomputer, built with domestically produced microprocessors and capable of performing about 1,000 trillion calculations per second, has gone into official operation at the National Supercomputing Center in the eastern Chinese city of Jinan, the center said yesterday.

The computer was installed last September and underwent a three-month-long trial operation period before going into official use, making China the third country in the world to be capable of producing a supercomputer with domestically produced processors after the United States and Japan.

Developed by the National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering and Technology, Sunway BlueLight marks a technological leap for China's innovation in high-performance computers, according to the center.

The computer will help promote scientific and economic development of Shandong Province, of which Jinan is the provincial capital. It will be used in the fields of ocean utilization, biopharmacy, industrial design and financial risk prediction.

The computer will also serve as a node in China's national computing grid, contributing to scientific and economic development of the whole country, the center said.

A combination of high-density packaging and low-energy consumption technologies, the Sunway BlueLight ranks among the world's leading supercomputers in comprehensive performance, according to the center.

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dave at 2012-01-20184.66.11.*
must be exciting.
  

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