“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 worldâ€™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.