United States government restricted Intel to help China update its supercomputer.
Intel’s license was rejected to export thousand of chips to update the Chinese supercomputer; the Department of Commerce felt that China might use this machine to expand its nuclear research.
US government has signed a $200m deal with the Intel by which Intel is bound to build a super computer at one of US national laboratories.
The Chinese supercomputer Tianhe-2 uses 80,000 Xeon intel chips to produce processing capacity of more than 33 petaflops. Petaflop is around thousand trillion calculations per second. Tianhe-2 has been declared world’s powerful machine by an organization ‘TOP 500’ that monitors supercomputers.
Tianhe-2 was supposed to be upgraded to expand its calculations past 110 petaflops. The initial upgrades depend on New Xeon chips.
The US commerce depart viewed this upgrade as against the National Security and Foreign Policy interest of the United States. China on the other hand has now started working on its chips manufacturing to upgrade its program.
By Asim Ahmed Mallick