Chengdu, February 20 (Xinhua) question: visit Chengdu Supercomputing Center: the highest computing speed is 1 billion times / second, filling the gap in Western China

Reporter Wang Peng

In the early spring of Xinglong lake, the sun is shining. On the edge of the lush vegetation lake, a blue building is very eye-catching and full of a sense of future. This “Blue Magic Cube” in Tianfu New District of Sichuan Province is the core building of Chengdu Supercomputing Center.

Chengdu Supercomputing Center, which will be built and put into operation in 2020, has a maximum computing speed of 1 billion times per second, and has entered the top ten in the world. After a recent on-the-spot visit, the reporter learned that Chengdu Supercomputing Center has filled the gap in Western China, and will also provide important support for Chengdu to build a science and technology innovation center with national influence.

Gu Qin, chairman of Chengdu Supercomputing Center operation and Management Co., Ltd., introduced that the construction of Chengdu Supercomputing Center was started in August 2019. In less than a year, three core buildings, namely silicon cube, power building and scientific research building, have sprung up, completed the installation, debugging and testing of Chengdu supercomputing host system, and put into trial operation.

“The construction of supercomputing system itself took only six months, which is an amazing speed in the field of domestic scientific and technological innovation. It can be said that Chengdu supercomputing has set a new record in the construction of National Supercomputing Center.” Gu Qin said.

The reporter saw at the scene that the appearance of Chengdu Supercomputing Center is particularly special. Two huge buildings are arranged in an arc. The center of the arc is a blue cube building, which is the supercomputer room of Chengdu Supercomputer Center silicon cube.

Gu Qin said that the silicon cube has five layers, and the whole supercomputing system is distributed among them. Such a three-dimensional space can reduce the length and difficulty of network wiring, and maximize the efficiency of space use. “More importantly, Chengdu Supercomputing Center has a” Chengdu core “, and the chip is designed by Chengdu.”

Entering the supercomputer room, the reporter heard a low sound of water flow. It was the supercomputer room’s liquid cooling system cooling the supercomputer. With the low sound of water flow, supercomputers with the highest computing speed of 1 billion times per second are running.

What’s the use of Supercomputing Center? According to Gu Qin, supercomputers with a computing power of 1 billion times per second and 10 billion times per second seem to be far away from people’s daily life. In fact, supercomputing continues to serve the scientific research and innovation of universe evolution simulation, weather forecast, aerospace, seismic analysis, life and health, and has been fully integrated into all aspects of people’s life.

Gu Qin, for example, said that all 2003 special effects shots in a movie were produced and synthesized by computer. One of them overlooking the earth for 2 minutes took the producer half a year to complete the animation design, setting up scenes, post synthesis and other links. “If Chengdu supercomputing is available, it only takes 6 days to complete.”

“Scientific research institutes in Colleges and universities, scientific and technological enterprises represented by artificial intelligence, and social livelihood services are all important customers of Chengdu Supercomputing Center.” Gu Qin said that at present, Chengdu Supercomputing Center has provided computing resources, software development, personnel training and introduction, major scientific research projects, and the promotion of computing industrialization services to more than 200 customers, and has completed the calculation of 1.52 million scientific research projects, with the CPU calculation utilization rate reaching 30%.

He Tiening, a researcher at the National High Performance Computer Engineering Technology Research Center and a member of the overall expert group on high performance computers of the national key R & D program, said that the completion of Chengdu Supercomputing Center, which fills the gap in the western region, will accelerate the gathering of artificial intelligence, big data analysis and big data processing industries, “which is equivalent to attracting the” nest “of scientific and technological enterprises, and the Supercomputing Center is equivalent to scientists With supercomputing centers, scientists and scientific and technological enterprises will follow

Gu Qin revealed that in the next step, Chengdu Supercomputing Center will gather enterprises related to supercomputing application software research and development, technological achievements transformation, software product promotion, application technology services and application scenarios, cultivate supercomputing application industry ecology, and actively strive to be included in the National Supercomputing system.

It is understood that Chengdu Science City, where Chengdu Supercomputing Center is located, has developed very rapidly in the past three years, with 212 major projects and a total investment of over 240 billion yuan; the revenue of leading industries has reached 15 billion yuan; 438 high-tech enterprises have been attracted, with the average annual growth rate ranking the first in Chengdu; more than 3600 new economy enterprises have been gathered, with the average annual growth rate of over 20%. (end)