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[Wired] China Builds World-Class Supercomputer Sans Intel, AMD

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http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise.../sunway_super/

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Revealed last week at a conference in Jinan, China and profiled in The New York Times, the Sunway BlueLight MPP supercomputer doesn’t use microprocessors from Intel or AMD. It uses a chip designed by the Chinese themselves — and it’s not the Chinese microprocessor the supercomputing community was expecting. In other words, the Chinese are developing two microprocessors that could shift not only bragging rights in the worldwide supercomputer game, but the general market for server silicon.
Sans NVIDIA, ARM as well?
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Bring it.
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More competition is a good thing especially considering the massive price difference that will eventually ensue with chinese made processors.
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As long as they don't do it better than the U.S. we'll be fine. And even if they do we still have them beat in the software end.

As long as we can keep that(which we should considering Windows, Apple, and Google aren't going away anytime soon) we should be fine.

Hopefully this type of competition will fuel some INVESTMENT into IBM, AMD, Nvidia, Via(?), etc# from the government... in a 'Cash on delivery' sorta way.
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Originally Posted by Ryleh View Post
As long as they don't do it better than the U.S. we'll be fine. And even if they do we still have them beat in the software end.

As long as we can keep that(which we should considering Windows, Apple, and Google aren't going away anytime soon) we should be fine.

Hopefully this type of competition will fuel some INVESTMENT into IBM, AMD, Nvidia, Via(?), etc# from the government... in a 'Cash on delivery' sorta way.
Thought AMD was a canadian company. What does it have to with US government support?
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Thought AMD was a canadian company. What does it have to with US government support?
Ati was a canadian company (which was purchased by AMD) AMD is american company located in Santa Clara if i recall correctly
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Interesting. I wonder if they're able to market their microprocessors or just in their home nation only? Competition is always good anyway.
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i was looking into thier MIPS processors the other day, pretty impressive actually.
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As long as they don't do it better than the U.S. we'll be fine. And even if they do we still have them beat in the software end.

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Does not mean that private investors can't invest money as well.
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Wonder what sort of architecture they're built around. Says they use a different instruction set--however software has been exceedingly slow to deviate from x86, so even if a new, revolutionary architecture is built, everyone's still stuck on x86 as long as software producers keep with it. I'm hoping win8 will help to change that, but we will have to wait and see how much it matters and how fast it can change.
    
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