China develops its own supercomputer

China develops its own supercomputer

Summary: Chinese Academician Chen Guoliang and his team launched the country’s first self-developed super computer, the KD-90.


Powered by independently-designed eight-core processors and a ultra-multi-port Gigabit Ethernet switching chip, the high-performance supercomputer “KD-90” was developed in December by academician Chen Guoliang with help from the China University of Science and Technology and a team from Shenzhen University, according to a Chinese tech newspaper's report.

Equipped with 10 eight-core processors, the Long Xin 3B, the KD-90 has a theoretical peak computing ability of one trillion times per second. The whole computing system, which consists of a front server, five compute nodes, two Gigabit Ethernet switches and a monitoring unit, is no bigger than a microwave oven. Compared to the KD-60, it uses 62 percent less power at 900w.

The supercomputer uses open-source software, some of which are mathematical function libraries especially optimized for the Long Xin 3B processor. The computer also features a visual monitoring and administrating operation system which is highly compatible, easy to upgrade, and user-friendly.

The supercomputer KD-90 can be used for mathematics, science and engineering , military and national security, and economics. According to the experts, the KD-90 is rated among the world’s most highly advanced systems in terms of programming models and networking applications in the computer and server markets.

Before KD-90, Chen and his team developed its predecessors, KD-50 and KD-60, in 2008 and 2010, both of which were powered by China’s self-designed processors, the Long Xin series.

Topic: China

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  • might be fast, but is it smart?

    well, lets see how smart it is when it goes up against Watson on Jeopardy !!
  • China develops its own supercomputer

    reminded me of darpa sponsored research on supercomputing that mit and ibm did in the early years ... welcome to the club! do we need to worry?
  • MIPS-Based, So Very Power-Efficient

    Did you know the biggest cost with running a supercomputer facility these days is the electricity bill?