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China unveils 1-petaflop supercomputer with local chips

10/31, 8:05pm

Sunway BlueLight MPP uses 8,700 nation-built CPUs

China has announced that it has created its first supercomputer built upon its own microprocessor chips. The computer, the Sunway BlueLight MPP, is rated at one petaflop per second (1,000 trillion calculations per second) and is comprised of 8,700 ShenWei SW1600 microprocessors. The computer has been up and running in the country's National Supercomputer Center in Jinan, a city in the Shandong Province in eastern China, since September.

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