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Supercomputer 'Magic Cube' to be installed in Shanghai
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14:48, April 07, 2009

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China's first supercomputer with a computing speed of over 100 trillion times per second, the Dawning 5000A, also called the "Magic Cube," will officially be installed in the Shanghai Supercomputer Center in mid-May, according to the Dawning Information Industry Company.

The Dawning 5000A, which is to be installed in Shanghai, will have three important missions— the national grid, Shanghai's basic scientific research platform, and information services for the eastern China region, said Li Jun, President of the Dawning Information Industry Company. It will provide massive information processing, information development services, and high-performance computing services for the purpose of scientific research in all sectors of eastern China.

Officials from the Shanghai Supercomputer Center noted that the Dawning 5000A will provide powerful computing services to fields such as meteorology, undersea tunnels, environmental protection, shipping, jumbo jet manufacturing, automobiles, construction, iron and steel, petroleum, electro mechanics, and universities and scientific institutions, while also offering strong safety support for urban disaster reduction and precaution against earthquakes.

The Dawning 5000A officially came off the production line at the Dawning Tianjin Industrial Base on September 16, 2008, ranking among the world’s top 10 supercomputers that year and making China the second country to independently design and manufacture a high-performance computer with a computing speed of over 100 trillion times per second after the US.

Besides its super strong computing capacity, the "Magic Cube" also features independent intellectual property rights, super high density, super high cost performance, super low power consumption and super wide application, according to the Dawning Information Industry Company. Although its performance is 20 times greater than the Dawning 4000A, its size is merely two-thirds that of the Dawning 4000A and has only a 50 percent increase in power consumption.

The Dawning Information Industry Company was established in 1995 with the support of the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Research Center for Intelligent Computing Systems. Through years of development, the company has accumulated abundant experience in server product research, development and application. In addition, it accomplishes the industrialized production of domestically-made high-performance computers and builds up a server industry chain integrating research, development, design and manufacturing.

By People's Daily Online

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