China`s super computer becomes operational

China`s first indigenously made computer is being used for system debugging and testing.

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2010, 21:24 PM IST

Beijing: China`s first indigenously made
computer, which can handle 1000 trillion floating point
operations per second, has become functional and is being used
for system debugging and testing.

Earlier this year, the first device of Tianhe-1, a
computer system capable of reaching peak performance of 1,000
trillion floating point operations per second, was put into
operation at the National Supercomputing Centre in Tianjin.

The computer containing 13 cabinets is now providing
24-hour remote network applications and running in good
condition, official `People`s Daily` reported today.

After the petaflop computer system is completed, the
calculation tasks will be transferred to the petaflop system.

Currently, the number of users of the National Supercomputing
Centre in Beijing and Tianjin is gradually increasing.

With high-performance CPU chips, the system`s overall
processing power has increased substantially and its
information security is receiving more technological
guarantees, the report said.

Tianhe-1 was developed by the Changsha-based National
University of Defence Technology in 2009, making China the
world`s second country capable of developing petaflop
supercomputers after the United States. It was ranked fifth on
the list of the Top-500 supercomputers issued in November
2009.

One second of calculations conducted by Tianhe-1 is
equivalent to 88 consecutive years of calculations by 1.3
billion people. The data that the supercomputer can store is
equivalent to the sum of the collections in four national
libraries with 27 million books each, the report said.

Tianhe-1 will mainly be used for animation rendering,
biomedical research, aerospace equipment development,
processing of resource exploration and satellite remote
sensing data, data analysis for financial engineering, weather
forecasts, new materials development and design and
theoretical calculation.

PTI