Dawning 5000A, a China-made supercomputer, is expected to be installed in Shanghai in April.
Li Jun, president of Tianjin-based Dawning Information Industry, said the supercomputer, with a peak capability of more than 200 trillion FLOPS (Floating-point operations per second), will be used for information processing and fundamental scientific research at the Shanghai Supercomputer Center (SSC).
The SSC, founded in 2000, is a high-performance public computation platform.
Dawning 5000A will help with weather forecasting, construction of seabed tunnels, environmental protection, large passenger aircraft production and earthquake predictions.
Even with expensive imported AMD chips, Dawning 5000A cost only RMB200 million ($29 million). The U.S. Department of Energy spent $100 millon on IBM Roadrunner which is comparable in speeds.
Source: China View
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