China has this week unveiled its new super computer
built using homegrown microprocessors. The new Sunway BlueLight MPP
Supercomputer was announced last week by China’s National Supercomputer
Center in Jinan and is capable of a theoretical peak speed of 1.07
petaflops (quadrillion floating-point calculations per second), and a
sustained performance of 0.79 petaflops.
The Sunway BlueLight MPP Supercomputer is equipped with 8,704 "Shenwei 1600″ microprocessors
that have been developed by a design center in Shanghai. The unveiling
of the new supercomputer has come a a surprise to high performance
specialists in the US. As China was thought to be about three
generations behind other state-of-art chip making technologies currently
available in the United States, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.