China launches next-generation supercomputer

In China, Dawning Information Industry Ltd. has introduced a new prototype of an ‘exascale’ computing machine, the next-generation supercomputer. The Shuguang computer is expected to be put into operation in national supercomputing centers in Shanghai and Shenzhen. 

Exascale’ computers are computing systems capable of at least one exaFLOPS, or a billion calculations per second. Such capacity represents a thousandfold increase over the first petascale computer that came into operation in 2008. To put it simple: ‘exascale computing is believed to be the order of processing power of the human brain at neural level.  

Shanghai Daily Reports that in China, prototypes of this supercomputer are being developed by three teams led by the National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering and Technology, Dawning Information Industry, and the National University of Defense Technology.  

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