By the end of 2011 China-made supercomputers will bid farewell to foreign microchips and start using their own “Chinese core”, according to one of the country’s leading scientists, Hu Weiwu.
“Dawning 6000” supercomputer, jointly developed by the Institute of Computing Technology of CAS and the Dawning Information Industry Company (DIIC), will adopt Loongson microchips for the first time as its core component. It will have a computing speed of more than 1,000 trillion operations a second.
The supercomputer developed by CAS and DIIC is scheduled to be available as early as this summer.
“It still needs another decade before China-made chips meet the needs of the domestic market. Hopefully after two decades, we will be able to sell our China-made CPUs to the US just like we are selling clothes and shoes,” Hu said.