US blocks Intel from helping China update supercomputer
April 11 , 2015
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.