China Launches Homegrown Supercomputer

China has announced the launch of its latest homegrown supercomputer today.  The new machine, based on homegrown server standards, it said to make 230Tflops peak and a usable compute mark of 160Tflops.  Dawning 5000, as its named, was developed by a cooperation between the Chinese Academy of Sciences [CAS] and Dawning Information Industry Co. Ltd.

Dawning 5000 uses quad-core silicon to increase performance over the previous model, Dawning 400A, by a factor of ten.  Eventually, the Dawning 5000 will be sold commercially for RMB 100 million [14.6 million US by today's exchange rate].

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