China market focus: Cloud computing centers in China

China has jumped on cloud computing bandwagon and established Cloud Computing Centers in Chengdu, Jinan, Shenzhen and Changsha but its approach is different to most cloud projects seen today

26 March 2012 by Laura Luo -  -  

China market focus: Cloud computing centers in China
The Changsha Cloud Computing Center

DatacenterDynamics Converged Shenzhen will take place at the Grand Hyatt on 27 March. Click here for more details.


China has established four national supercomputer centers in Tianjin, Shenzhen, Changsha and Jinan. Cloud computing, an important indicator of the country’s computing power, has also witnessed rapid development in China.

In some projects, the country is marrying the two areas as it makes way for huge developments in cloud computing aimed at servicing government and industry needs. In most cases it is also looking to boost its own complete data center supply chain with regional hubs creating local product and service delivery methods. Below are four key examples of how China is taking a different approach to the development of the Cloud.

Chengdu Cloud Computing Center

As the first large-scale Cloud Computing Center operated commercially in China, the Chengdu Cloud Computing Center was built by Chengdu Supercomputer Center Co. Ltd and was formally put into use on 28 December 2009.

By taking full advantage of the powerful Dawning 5000 supercomputer, the Chengdu Cloud Computing Center plans to grow its computing capacity from 30,000bn times/second to 200,000bn times/second within two years. It is expected to become the ICT hub in Southwest China, offering support services for e-government affairs and scientific researches to Sichuan and the western part of China as a whole.

According to the China Daily, the center will make Chengdu’s cloud computing industry worth 300bn Yuan, with manufacturing included for hardware, software and services. As a result, it could end up being the world’s largest cloud service and terminal product manufacturing base.

By 2015, Chengdu expects to have four platforms for cloud computing in place for government affairs, enterprise, high performance computing and society.

Jinan Cloud Computing Center

The Jinan Cloud Computing Center is a cooperative project run by the Jinan Municipal Governmentand Inspur Group, a supplier of computing platforms and IT application solutions in China. The new data center takes full advantage of advanced cloud computing products and solutions that are Chinese made, provided by Inspur including Inspur advanced server, mass storage, Sea of Clouds O/S system and cloud security.

According to the cooperation agreement between Jinan Municipal Government and Inspur Group, Jinan plans to create a first-rate cloud computing industry supply chain and build two to three cloud computing industrial bases and industrial clusters, which will bring along the development of other related industries. This project is of great significance for Jinan to address information security challenges, create automatic and controllable cloud information systems and boost the development of the cloud industry.

All products used by the cloud computing centers will be specially designed for the Cloud. As well as being used for government services, the cloud computing centers will be available for the commercial sector.

Shenzhen Cloud Computing Center

Another example of a supercomputer being used for the cloud was accepted for use for cloud computing on 3 January 2012. The national supercomputer center called the Shenzhen Cloud Computing Center is expected to alleviate the pressure for high performance computing (HPC) capacity in the southern parts of China. The data center build which began in September 2010 was ready after only one year and three months.

According to Shenzhen Public Work Department, the project has highlighted the complications with using supercomputing for cloud. The number of air conditioners, cooling facilities, high and low voltage power supply systems and others systems installed in the computing center are ten times that of ordinary buildings of the same size. The daily water consumption for cooling exceeds 1000 cubic meters, close to the water volume of a standard swimming pool. The supercomputer center uses 2,874 groups of batteries - equal to the total capacity of 23,000 automobile storage batteries.

As confirmed by the World Super Computer Organization through tests in May 2010, the computing speed of Nebulae, a Dawning TC3600 Blade server system, can reach 127.1bn times/second, ranking it second in HPC power in the world. Its maximum storage reaches 20PB.

The center will focus its business on HPC and cloud computing. Up to now, the services of Shenzhen Cloud Computing Center have been approached by the Shenzhen Weather Bureau, telecommunications equipment and network company ZTE Corporation and automobile and rechargeable battery company BYD.

Changsha Cloud Computing Center

On 28 November 2010, the foundation laying ceremony for the national supercomputing Changsha Center took place at the Hunan University of Hunan province. The first phase of this project covers 30,000sq m and was open to use in July 2011.

The project uses the Tianhe 1 supercomputer provided by the National University of Defense Technology of China, and aims to achieve the computing power of 100bn times/second with a total investment of 720m Yuan.

The national supercomputer Changsha Center mainly consists of three parts, namely Tianhe Square, the Tianhe Computing platform and an R&D center. The new computing center is designed to help the Hunan Province accelerate its industrial, agriculture and information process industries, enhancing its overall profile in China.



DatacenterDynamics Converged Shenzhen will take place at the Grand Hyatt on 27 March. Click here for more details.

Speakers include David Chan, Director of Administration for Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx), Li Dian Lin, Data Center Planning Senior Engineer for Tencent, Don Beaty, President of DLB Associates and ASHRAE member, Yahoo! Global Data Center Project Manager Mozan Totani, among others.


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