National Supercomputing Center in Changsha enters service
The National Supercomputing Center in Changsha started operations on Nov 4, marking Hunan province in Central China as officially becoming one of the few “supercomputing provinces” in the country.
The Center will provide a significant support platform for the development of “Digital Hunan” with its ultra-high-speed network, mass data storage, and high-performance computing.
It is the third national supercomputing center after Tianjin and Shenzhen that received approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology in October, 2010.
The Changsha Center is located in the campus of Hunan University, with a construction area of some 27,000 square meters. It has received a total investment of 860 million yuan ($140.65 million).
Hunan University is responsible for the overall management and operation of the center, while the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), another comprehensive national key university located in Changsha, provides technical support.
Meanwhile, an expert committee composed of well-known computer specialists, both at home and abroad, will serve as its long-term technical backstop.
A staff member checks on the supercomputing system in the National Supercomputing Center in Changsha, which officially began operations on Nov 4. [Photo by Zou Lin/Changsha Evening News]
The Center has adopted a Tianhe-1A, a supercomputer system developed by NUDT in 2009, which made China the second country in the world after the US to be able to build a petaflop-super computer.
Since its trial operation in 2011, the Center has provided high-performance computing services to departments of public services such as meteorology, land and resources, water conservancy, and public health.
The Center has more than 40 major clients so far, covering the fields of scientific study, public service, industry, and so on. It has established strategic cooperation relationships with enterprises such as Sany Heavy Industry, Zhongye Changtian International Engineering, Dongfeng Motor, and Talkweb.
“Sany used to have to pay a lot if it needed a superior data analysis of some of its products, before our center was established, because it had to buy the services from other countries. Now the cooperation with us brings them both efficiency and low costs,” said a principal of the Supercomputing Center in Changsha.
By Zhang Qiong, edited by Brian Salter
Source: Changsha Evening News