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Homemade CPUs on the Way for Local Supercomputers.

People’s Daily (China) (03/07/11)

China’s supercomputers will use Chinese-made chips by the end of this year, says Hu Weiwu, the chief developer of the Loongson series of processors at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Hu says the forthcoming Dawning 6000 supercomputer will use Loongson microchips as its core component and will have a computing speed of more than 1,000 trillion operations per second. “Just like a country’s industry cannot always depend on foreign steel and oil, China’s information industry needs its own [central processing unit],” he says. The Dawning 6000 supercomputer will employ less than 10,000 Loongson microchips and will boast greater energy-efficiency. The Institute of Computing Technology of CAS, the Jiangnan Institute of Computing Technology, and the National University of Defense Technology all have their own supercomputer projects that are scheduled to be running on Chinese-made microchips by the end of 2011. However, Hu notes that few applications have been developed for them so far. “We have enough supercomputers in China but still can’t fully utilize them,” he says.

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