China's first supercomputer, the "Magic Cube," which has a computing speed of more than 100 trillion bytes per second, is running at full capacity in the Shanghai Supercomputer Center with a utilization rate of 90 percent, said Li Jun, president of the Dawning Information Industry Company.
After officially coming off the production line on Sept. 16, 2008 in the company's production base in Tianjin, the Dawning 5000A was finally named "Magic Cube." The computer was formally installed in the Shanghai Supercomputer Center on June 15, 2009 and has helped Shanghai become China's largest general-purpose commercial computing platform.
Li said that the "Magic Cube" has been operating smoothly since it settled in the Shanghai Supercomputer Center more than a year ago. Due to the growing domestic demand for supercomputing, the supercomputer's utilization rate has been increasing steadily and now stands at 90 percent, close to its saturation point.
Reporters learned that many customers have to wait as long as a month to use the supercomputer. With the present situation, the company and the center plan to upgrade the "Magic Cube" to provide greater efficiency and faster computing speeds.
According to the Shanghai Supercomputer Center, the "Magic Cube" has provided high-performance computing support to higher education institutions, engineering design institutes, industrial companies, and various research institutes from more than 20 provinces and cities nationwide since it was put into use. It has also supported many major national projects in more than 20 fields, such as nanophase materials, biomedicine and aviation.
By People's Daily Online