The U.S. government has discovered that computers built by four Chinese supercomputer centers were for “ nuclear explosive activities” , this has prompted an order for Intel and Nvidia to stop selling chips to them .
The two supercomputers known as TianHe-1A and TianHe-2 are currently among the fastest around the world and are both run by Xeon processors from Intel. Nvidia also supplies chips for TianHe-1A .
Today, Intel and Nvidia are prohibited from selling their chips to the four centers in China that operates the gigantic machines .
The U.S. government is convinced that the supercomputers are mainly for the purpose of anticipating a situation with its power to download numbers and produce exact models of complicated environments like imitating weather or even nuclear explosions. This had implicated a threat since the four Chinese supercomputing centers , counting in the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha City were “ acting contrary to the national security …interests of the United States.” The U.S Department of Commerce suggests “
The Department of commerce had agreed with the conclusion on the two supercomputing center’s main use yet the agency does not reveal how it came up that way. China has about 250 nuclear warheads while the United States has 1,642 and Russia has 1,643 .
Any American company are now obliged to first apply for a special permit if they were to sell any products to the supercomputer centers.
The federal rule was ordered in February. Intel and Nvidia made no comment regarding the issue but complied with the U.S. government . It is not determined if it could affect the sales on both companies since TianHe-2 houses 32,000 Intel Xeon E5 which is $48 million at retail prices , still they can sell their high-power computer chips to other places in China.
The Commerce Department is confident that buying chips through third parties is illegal making it impossible for those four supercomputing centers from acquiring the chips that way.