Nation builds momentum in computing power to drive industrial upgrading

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In a world where computing power could become the next strategic competitive arena, China is expected to popularize computing applications to more industries for new momentum under the East-Data-West-Computing project, government officials and industry experts said.

“China’s” computing power has gained momentum over the past few years and has reached an advanced level worldwide. It is expected to develop more rapidly as it serves more fields and becomes popular.

Computing power roughly refers to the ability to process data. It is widely recognized as a new type of productivity that can be used by people like water and electricity.

“China has witnessed an increase in demand for computing power in recent years as digital simulations of traditional scientific research expand in scale and demand for digital twin technologies amid industry upgrades and transformations,” said Qian.

That said, demand for computing power for “new” applications such as artificial intelligence continues to grow, he added.

According to the latest data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China ranked second in the world in terms of computing power scale last year, accounting for 27% of the world’s computing power. On the other hand, the United States was 31%.

Although a late entrant to high-performance computing, China now ranks first in the world with about 35% of the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers.

However, Qian also pointed out that the computing power between supercomputing centers and data centers is relatively isolated, and the related infrastructure needs to be further improved in the east-data-west-computing project.

The East-Data-West-Computing project involves transferring data collected by China from its prosperous eastern region to the less developed but resource-rich western region for storage, computation and feedback. Maximize the layout of your digital infrastructure and the value of your data more productively.

As Guizhou is one of the eight national computing hubs of this mega project, Guiyang Mayor Ma Ningyu said at the conference that the city will accelerate the construction of data centers and computing infrastructure to become a national computing hub.

“Guiyang will strive to improve the efficiency of computing resource use and inject new impetus into the development of the country’s digital economy, especially amid the opportunities brought by the East-Data-West-Computing project,” Ma said.

By 2025, the number of data center racks and servers in Guizhou is expected to reach 800,000 and 4 million, respectively. A data center rack consists of a physical frame that houses electronic servers, cables, networking devices, cooling systems, and other computing equipment.

As China’s efforts to develop computing power accelerate, Yan Guihai, founder and CEO of chip company Yusur, insisted in a conference via video link that the company will deliver a Chinese solution through technological innovations in data processing units (DPUs). The next generation of computing power revolution worldwide.


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