China v USA

“China on Monday revealed its latest supercomputer, a monolithic system with 10.65 million compute cores built entirely with Chinese microprocessors. This follows a U.S. government decision last year to deny China access to Intel’s fastest microprocessors.
There is no U.S.-made system that comes close to the performance of China’s new system, the Sunway TaihuLight. Its theoretical peak performance is 124.5 petaflops, according to the latest biannual release today of the world’s Top500 supercomputers. It is the first system to exceed 100 petaflops.China’s Sunway TaihuLight theoretical peak performance is 124.5 petaflops.”
See China builds world’s fastest supercomputer without U.S. chips
I’ve been criticized in these pages for planning to go Intel-free. China has been banned from buying Xeons and went ahead building world-class super-computers using home-grown chips. Other countries are using ARMed processors, why not me? I don’t need petaflops. ARM is certainly good enough for my needs. More motherboards/boxes are coming onto the market every month which may be good enough to do my IT.

It will be interesting to see whether Trump continues the “ban” on Xeons to China along with all his other nonsensical attitudes to China. With his imminent trade-wars he may well promote the idea of going Intel-free or at least cutting Intel’s margins around the world.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to China v USA

  1. oiaohm says:

    Deaf Spy its a three way race. MIP64 vs ARM64 vs X86

    The Phytium Mars is interesting. Phytium is a company that made SPARC chips for SPARC based super computers now they are moving to ARM64.

    Yes Phytium is china. So we have MIP64 and ARM64 vendors in China competing for the super computer market.

    Of course the Phytium Mars being 28nm is a problem but on performance vs power its matching up to 14nm Xeon.

    So we are starting to see more makers produce some serous server class arm chips with serous amounts of PCI-e connections.

  2. dougman wrote, “ARM is a joke.”

    It’s not a very funny joke. I think ARM is very serious. Their people are shipping 40million CPUs per day. Their CPUs are used in HPC, servers, infrastructure, mobile devices, controllers, and yes, even desktops like TLW has. She can hold it in her hand like a smartphone but it is much more resourceful.

  3. dougman says:

    “There is no U.S.-made system that comes close to the performance of China’s new system, the Sunway TaihuLight”

    124.5 petaflops in a complete system? YAWN…

    Arguably, the DWAVE quibit processor is vastly superior, but using readily available technology I say that the Bitcoin Network would be the fastest.

    Network Hashrate – PetaFLOPS: 26494908.71

    ARM is a joke.

  4. Deaf Spy wrote, “how did you exactly manage to get ARM into this”.

    ARM is another technology that I know and use. The Chinese HPC are now using a different technology derived from MIPS or such. Neither are based on Intel.

  5. Deaf Spy says:

    Interestingly, Robert, how did you exactly manage to get ARM into this? The Chinese CPU mentioned in the article has nothing to do with it. Or, are you convinced that anything different than Intel is ARM? 🙂

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