US blocks Intel from helping China update supercomputer

  • The US has blocked tech giant Intel from helping China update Tianhe-2, the biggest supercomputer in the world. 

    The chip-maker had applied for a licence in order to export chips for the update. But the US department of commerce refused, citing concerns over nuclear research that was being carried out using the supercomputer.

    Tianhe-2’s Intel Xeon chips power a computational capacity of over 33 petaflops. 

    Meanwhile, as part of a deal signed between Intel and the US government, a very powerful supercomputer will be built at Illinois. 



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