Com­put­ing Cham­pion

China Pictorial (English) - - buzzwords - Edited by Li Zhuoxi

An E-class com­puter ca­pa­ble of mak­ing tens of bil­lions of cal­cu­la­tions per se­cond will be­come the “next reign­ing su­per­com­puter.” Coun­tries in­clud­ing the United States and Ja­pan have pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of such a com­puter, and China has listed it as a ma­jor tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment strat­egy.

On Au­gust 5, 2018, af­ter more than two years of painstak­ing ef­forts, China’s in­de­pen­dently de­vel­oped Sun­way E-class pro­to­type com­puter of­fi­cially be­gan op­er­a­tion at the Na­tional Su­per­com­puter Cen­ter in Ji­nan, cap­i­tal of Shan­dong Prov­ince.

Core de­vices such as pro­ces­sors, net­work chipsets, stor­age and man­age­ment sys­tems are all made in China. Six ap­pli­ca­tions of the pro­to­type were se­lected for the Gor­don Bell Award, the “No­bel Prize of su­per­com­put­ing.”

For the first time, the Sun­way E-class pro­to­type com­puter es­tab­lished an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) soft­ware eco­log­i­cal chain on a Chi­nese-made su­per­com­puter. Based on Sun­way deep learn­ing li­brary and frame­work, it fea­tures a large-scale AI ap­pli­ca­tion for game sys­tems, med­i­cal im­age recog­ni­tion and ma­chine trans­la­tion—in which it leads the world in terms of data size, par­al­lel com­put­ing and train­ing speed.

So far, the Sun­way E-class pro­to­type com­puter has com­pleted 35 ma­jor com­put­ing tasks in 12 fields in­clud­ing global cli­mate change, oceanic nu­mer­i­cal sim­u­la­tion, bio­med­i­cal sim­u­la­tion, big data pro­cess­ing and brain-like in­tel­li­gence.

Fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tion prospects are broad. For ex­am­ple, it could up­grade the ac­cu­racy of weather fore­cast­ing from kilo­me­ters to me­ters to even pre­dict the weather con­di­tions of a spe­cific sta­dium. In the field of med­i­cal R&D, it can help shorten the de­vel­op­ment cy­cle for new drugs to a few weeks from a few years, which would min­i­mize the cost of new drugs.

Au­gust 5, 2018: The Sun­way E- class pro­to­type be­gins op­er­a­tion at China’s Na­tional Su­per­com­puter Cen­ter in Ji­nan, cap­i­tal of Shan­dong Prov­ince. Xin­hua

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