The Dawning 5000A, the Chinese-made supercomputer, has started operation in Shanghai. 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.
Local officials said It’s China’s first supercomputer with a speed higher than 100 trillion floating-point operations per second (teraFLOPS).
It is the only supercomputer not in the United States to be ranked among the world’s 10 fastest for computing speed.
The Shanghai Supercomputer Center’s vice director, Yuan Jun, said the supercomputer, with a peak capability of 230 teraFLOPS, will be used for information processing and fundamental scientific research.
Magic Cube was made in the Tianjin-based Dawning Information Industry last September. Sent to Shanghai on May 15, its name was chosen from among public submissions and it underwent a month of testing.
China View reports that Magic Cube takes up 75 square meters and consumes 700 kilowatts of electricity an hour. It cost about RMB 200 million ($29 million) and was paid for by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Shanghai Municipal Government.