Digi Times — Total automotive semiconductor revenues in China reached US$5.6 billion in 2014, and revenues are expected to grow nearly 11% year over year in 2015 to reach US$6.2 billion, according to IHS. Semiconductors used in automotive powertrains, infotainment and body-convenience electronic systems are the primary drivers of revenue growth, said IHS.
Datacenter Knowledge — China’s Milkyway 2 has ranked as the fastest high-performance computing system in the world for a fifth consecutive time on the bi-annual Top500 list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. Also known as Tianhe-2, it remained at 33.86 petaflops (quadrillions of calculations per second), which was almost double that of system that took second spot — the US Department of Energy’s Titan supercomputer.
Spreadtrum Communications has introduced two new quad-core SoC platforms, the SC9830A, which supports 5-mode LTE, and the SC7731G, which supports WCDMA. Both solutions were designed with 28nm process technology. Spreadtrum has achieved volume shipments of these new smartphone solutions, which are now shipping in handsets launched by leading global brands designing smartphones for both China and global markets, the company said.
Dr. Le Duy Thac, a renowned scientist from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, said he was happy that a high-technology product could be made by Vietnamese, but also was worried that the product would not sell. If not, the great achievement would “fall into oblivion”. Thac said it was not the scientists’ fault because they cannot create markets for their products. Vietnamese businesses fear they would face risks if they use Vietnam-made products instead of foreign ones.
Tianhe-2, the supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, has been ranked as the world’s fastest for the fourth consecutive time. The Chinese supercomputer retained its position as the world’s fastest system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark, according to the 44th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.
Victoria’s life sciences supercomputer will continue to operate for another two years, thanks to a $6.65 million funding top-up from the state government following the expiry of its original grant term. The Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) is touted as the world’s largest computational facility dedicated to biological and health studies. It was kicked off in 2009 thanks to $50 million in start-up capital from the government, matched by another $50 million worth of private and research sector contributions.
The operators of one of the fastest supercomputers in the southern hemisphere, iVec’s 35,000 core Magnus, have commemorated its first months in operation by offering a select group of Australian-based researchers an unprecedented level of computing power. The Pawsey Centre has chosen 14 projects, dubbed ‘Petascale Pioneers’, that will each have access to roughly 10 million CPU hours’ worth of Magnus-based processing, rather than the 500,000 CPU hour blocks it usually deals out.
LEIPZIG, GERMANY: The 2014 worldwide edition of the Top500 Supercomputers list released revealed that nine Supercomputers ranked in the Top500 list are housed in India and powered by Intel processors, as the company shared in a note. From among these, Intel’s prominent HPC implementations are The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur to name a few. Additionally, Intel’s Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors also powers the top-rated system in the world – the 35 PFLOPS “Milky Way 2” in China.