China's HPC Activities: Key Updates and Observations
This IDC Insight discusses China's HPC activities. A number of Chinese HPC activities have been in the news of late, and taken in total, these announcements demonstrate that China is entering a new phase of HPC development with the dramatically increased presence of Chinese HPC vendors on the TOP500 list, plans for two new Chinese 100 petaflops systems this year, and a new program for developing an exascale system by 2020. Chinese HPC development strategies emphasize the use of Chinese indigenous HPC technology that, if realized, would represent a significant milestone in China's efforts to reduce, if not eliminate, reliance on foreign — and typically United States — technology, the culmination of over a decade's work by China. The next major hurdle facing the Chinese HPC development community is to advance its software capabilities to match its growing hardware prowess, and IDC expects to see increased emphasis in HPC-related algorithm and application development in the coming years.