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China Switching To Home-Grown Chips For Supercomputers 198

rubycodez writes "The Tianhe-1A system will be the last Chinese supercomputer to use imported Intel and AMD processors. By years end, China's own 64 bit MIPS-compatible 65nm 8-core 1GHz version of the Godsen (Longsoon family) processors will be used, including 10,000 of them for the 'Dawning 6000' supercomputer. Yes, the chips can and usually do run GNU/Linux, but also can run FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD."
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China Switching To Home-Grown Chips For Supercomputers

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  • Re:Domination (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Issarlk ( 1429361 ) on Saturday March 12, 2011 @09:25AM (#35463202)
    That sounds like a good thing. These guys actualy make stuff instead of trolling the world with ever more batshit insane *CTA treaties.
  • Re:Domination (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jacksonyee ( 590218 ) on Saturday March 12, 2011 @09:27AM (#35463210) Homepage

    As a Chinese American, I'm glad to see China using their own technology, but it's hardly any sign of world domination, especially when the Chinese chips aren't anywhere close to Nehalem, Fusion, or Sandy Bridge. China has already forced Microsoft to hand over the source code to Windows previously, and being aware of exactly what you're getting from a foreign company or agency is a wise move for any developing nation. Remember the big debate over the NSA_KEY variable a while back?

    Besides, when it comes to spying, I would take Mossad over Intel or AMD anyday.

  • Re:Domination (Score:1, Interesting)

    by chichilalescu ( 1647065 ) on Saturday March 12, 2011 @10:30AM (#35463578) Homepage Journal

    just playing devil's advocate.
    the fact is that up to about a hundred and fifty years ago or less, the chinese (and japanese) lived healthier and longer lives than europeans and americans (on average).
    and nowadays chinese traditional medicine is being adapted by europeans and americans. my mother (medic, general practitioner) learned to practice acupuncture in the 1980s, and she uses it regularly. she told me several times that the religious stuff behind it is kind of stupid, but the technique works for a series of problems.
    I am however aware that research into acupuncture didn't see a difference between acupuncture and sticking needles at random (so it might just be placebo). But I'm convinced it deserves some further research, because something is happening to these patients.
    Regarding the GPs comment: as far as I know, going to a point where China is a superpower with the most advanced technology on Earth would simply be a return to the natural order of things... But I would like their views on human rights to change before they get very powerful.

  • Re:Domination (Score:2, Interesting)

    by DeadCatX2 ( 950953 ) on Saturday March 12, 2011 @12:10PM (#35464204) Journal

    Whoa there, watch the straw men.

    You said it yourself; the Chinese have been doing this processor business for about 9 years, while Intel has been doing it for about 30. What on earth makes you think that the people with 3x the experience are stupider? If a veteran company such as Intel can make terrible mistakes like FDIV or the more recent Sandy Bridge recall, what makes you think some relative noobs won't make such mistakes?

    At least in the US, when Intel gets nailed, we hear about it in the press. Do you think the repressive Chinese government would let the media know that their country's national processor has a flaw?

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"