China's 100 Petaflop/s supercomputer circumvents U.S. sales ban


17 Apr 2016 - According to VR world, China, after not being allowed to import Intel processors for the new Tianhe-2 supercomputer invested all the funds intended for Intel and other foreign vendors - into the development of in-house Alpha and ARM superprocessors, which have the potential to beat the traditional x86 architecture. In terms of funds, NUDT planned to buy 32,000 more Xeon processors (this time, based on Haswell-E) and 48,000 more Xeon Phi co-processors. VR world has been hearing that over $500 million was invested in bringing the Chinese silicon from a prototype phase to production-grade level.
VR world concludes that bottom line is, the sales restriction enabled a small startup - Phytium Technologies - to deliver a product which achieves higher performance than the products it was supposed to replace. All in all, a win for NUDT, and a small company that 'no one ever heard off'. We will see how the market will develop, and is there a space for Phytium Technology on the supercomputing market. Tianhe-2 might be just the beginning.
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