What simply occurred? Not for the primary time, the US authorities has added Chinese supercomputing entities to the identical export blacklist Huawei has been on since 2019. The seven new names embrace Sunway Microelectronics, whose processors are discovered within the fourth strongest supercomputer on this planet—Sunway Microelectronics.
The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has added the brand new names to the Entity listing “for conducting activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.” Their addition means they now want licenses from the Commerce Department to do enterprise with US firms.
“Supercomputing capabilities are vital for the development of many — perhaps almost all — modern weapons and national security systems, such as nuclear weapons and hypersonic weapons,” Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo stated in an announcement.
The new additions embrace 4 supercomputer websites: The National Supercomputing Center Jinan, the National Supercomputing Center Shenzhen, the National Supercomputing Center Wuxi, and the National Supercomputing Center Zhengzhou.
Additionally, CPU builders Tianjin Phytium Information Technology and Sunway Microelectronics (Shenwei Microelectronics) had been positioned on the Entity List. Without entry to American-made applied sciences, the Chinese firms will discover it troublesome, if not unimaginable, to proceed making their processors, although The Washington Post writes that Phytium’s microprocessors are produced by TSMC.
This is not the primary time Chines entities concerned within the supercomputer trade had been added to the Entity listing; the Trump administration blacklisted 5 names in June 2019.
Japan’s Supercomputer Fugaku stays the world’s most powerful machine, adopted by Summit (US), Sierra (US), Sunway TaihuLight (China), and Selena (US). China has virtually double the variety of Supercomputers on the listing than its rival, 214 vs. 113.