Taiwan's Windrider supercomputer to be donated to NCKU

07/17/2019 10:00 PM
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Taipei, July 17 (CNA) Taiwan's supercomputer system, nicknamed the Windrider, will find a home at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan in August, the developers said Wednesday.

In its proposal to obtain the Windrider, the university said the system will be used to conduct topology research and router testing and certification, said Sam Chu (朱賢良), deputy director of the National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC), which developed the system.

The university also said that with the acquisition of the system, which is formally called the Advanced Large-scale Parallel Supercluster (ALPS), it will be able to cultivate talent in related fields and foster greater cooperation between industry and academia, Chu said.

He said the NCHC has notified the university that it will begin the donation process in August, handing over some 100 main frame computers and relevant equipment over a three-month period.

The Windrider, which was ranked 42nd in world among the top 500 supercomputers in 2011, is being decommissioned, and the process of finding a home for it began in June, according to Chu.

Meanwhile, Hwang Chi-chuan (黃吉川), director of NCKU Supercomputing Research Center, said that in addition to topology research, other programs will become possible at the school with the acquisition of the Windrider.

For example, it will be used to install field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), which are integrated circuits that can be programmed or reprogrammed to the required functionality or application after manufacturing, into mainframe computers to allow greater efficiency in infrastructure research and to support new research projects, Hwang said.

The supercomputer system will also help NCKU to train science and technology researchers from countries listed in the government's New Southbound Policy, most of which are in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Hwang said.

(By Wu Po-wei and Evelyn Kao)


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