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US block Intel's China supercomputer update

US block Intel's China supercomputer update

US block Intel's China supercomputer update

US block Intel's China supercomputer update

 

The US government has refused to let Intel help China update the world's biggest supercomputer, the Tianhe-2, over fears that China will be conducting Nuclear Research on it.

The Tianhe-2 is the world'd largest supercomputer which is comprised of 80,000 Intel Xeon CPUs, giving it a 33.86 petaflops of CPU performance, making it the world's most powerful supercomputer for the last 18 months.

 

US block Intel's China supercomputer update  

China currently wants to upgrade the machine's capacity to over 110 petaflops over a series of upgrades this year, but this relies heavily on Intel being allowed to ship new Xeon chips.

The US department of commerce has published a an online notice saying that it refused Intel's application to export chips and components for China's Tianhe-2 and 3 other Chinese Supercomputers over fears that the Chinese are using these supercomputers for Nuclear research. The statement also said that places where the supercomputers are located were "acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States".

Intel has complied with the order made by the US government, meaning that China will have to accelerate their efforts to fabricate their own chipmaking efforts in order to upgrade their supercomputers.

In the US Intel has also recently signed a deal worth $200 million (£136m) with the US government to build a new supercomputer for one of the country's national laboratories.

 

You can join the discussion on the US Blocking Intel upgrading Chinese supercomputers on the OC3D Forums. 

 

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10-04-2015, 10:24:53

cemerian
I don't get what is the reasoning behind this, china already has nuclear weapons, so there is nothing to worry about in weapon side of thing, it almost looks like they don't want any advances made in nuclear energy by any other country than themselves, the explanation they gave makes zero senseQuote

10-04-2015, 12:50:32

semitope
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Originally Posted by cemerian View Post
I don't get what is the reasoning behind this, china already has nuclear weapons, so there is nothing to worry about in weapon side of thing, it almost looks like they don't want any advances made in nuclear energy by any other country than themselves, the explanation they gave makes zero sense
Having it is not the end of it all. Still more research to be done. Those computers can be used in planning nuclear attacks and other things (deployment mechanisms including aircraft, work on using stolen stealth fighter tech, miniaturizing etc etc etc etc).

My guess is they know whats going on in those facilities already.

And ultimately its in intels interest not to help china. Unless intel thinks they can move their company to china and be successful if anything happened to the US.Quote

10-04-2015, 12:56:48

Feronix
Not trying to spark a political debate here (this is a tech forum after all) but it wouldn't be the first time the US accuses a country of doing something to use it as an accuse for attacks (whether military or economical) on 'rival' countries. WMD's in the middle east anyone?

Even though the US themselves do have nuclear technology, no that's fine but when other countries do it they're a threat to the world. Also remember when the US accused China of spying on other governments? Haha, oh wait...

I think it's really weird that a government can forbid a company to do business with another government personally.Quote

10-04-2015, 13:47:17

Merxe
USA knows that China, in time, can get ahead of them so they need to slow them down.Quote

10-04-2015, 13:53:12

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
Not trying to spark a political debate here (this is a tech forum after all) but it wouldn't be the first time the US accuses a country of doing something to use it as an accuse for attacks (whether military or economical) on 'rival' countries. WMD's in the middle east anyone?

Even though the US themselves do have nuclear technology, no that's fine but when other countries do it they're a threat to the world. Also remember when the US accused China of spying on other governments? Haha, oh wait...

I think it's really weird that a government can forbid a company to do business with another government personally.
Its best not to spark a political debate by not bringing up conspiracies. Every government spies on others. Whether they admit it or not. It's always a test of who can swing the biggest stick between them. That's really all we know tbh.Quote
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