19 June 1997

"Yinhe-3" supercomputer passed national certification

On 19 June 1997, the "Yinhe-3" (銀河-Ⅲ) supercomputer developed by the National University of Defense Technology (NUDST) was nationally certified in Beijing, with a computation speed reaching tens of billions of times per second.

The Yinhe-3 is a new generation of supercomputer successfully developed by China following Yinhe-1 and Yinhe-2.

Before the Reform and Opening-up, China had no high-performance computers, and data from oil and mineral exploration had to be sent overseas by air for processing.

Even though China was willing to spend a fortune to import a supercomputer, it had to face harsh conditions imposed by the seller.

Deng Xiaoping proposed in 1978 that "China must promote 'four modernisations', and cannot do without supercomputers".

The Yinhe-1 project was launched in the same year. In December 1983, the Yinhe-1, capable of performing more than 100 million operations per second, was successfully developed.

The comprehensive technology of Yinhe-3 reached the international advanced level at that time, and China has since made a breakthrough and mastered the key technology of higher-class computers, and possessed the ability to develop higher-performance supercomputers.

The birth of Yinhe-3 marks a new breakthrough in the development technology of high-performance supercomputers in China.


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