China Expects to Compete with Intel, in 20 Years

Instead, the country intends to rely on its own Loongson series of processing cores.

The upcoming Dawning 6000 supercomputer is expected to use 10,000 of these chips to achieve an estimated 1 Petaflop of processing performance. While it is a national priority to use its own processors, scientists admitted that it is difficult at this time to exploit the full potential of the chips as there aren't programmers who can squeeze every bit of horsepower out of them.

China's Tianhe-1A supercomputer, currently the world's fastest supercomputer, uses a total of 186,368 cores and achieves a peak performance of 4.7 PFlops. The systems uses Intel Xeon X5670 CPUs as well as Nvidia Tesla GPUs.  

China expects that it will take at least 10 years until the chips will be able to supply the domestic market. In 20 years, China wants to compete with companies such as Intel here in the U.S.      

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  • Anonymous
    I'd suspect that these computers utilizing Chinese-made cpus will probably fail constantly. :)
  • atminside
    cool, that means intel prices will drop
  • pelov
    aaron11I'd suspect that these computers utilizing Chinese-made cpus will probably fail constantly.


    The plastic that it's made from will fall apart and crumble.