On July 6, the event called Memorizing the 40th Anniversary of China's Supercomputing Development and the 10th Anniversary of the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin was held in Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA for short). Since the establishment of the Center in Tianjin, the application platform of industrial cloud, building information cloud, oil exploration industry cloud, big data processing, artificial intelligence, etc. has been constructed in new materials, new energy, aerospace, marine equipment, artificial intelligence, automobiles, Environmental protection equipment and many other fields, which are widely used to create a supercomputing model for the development of innovation-driven industries in TBNA.
Achieving deep integration of technological innovation and application
In 2009, Binhai New Area cooperated with National Defense Science and Technology University to build the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin. In the past ten years, the Center has comprehensively carried out the application work in the field of scientific and technological innovation like calculating the calculations of the world, building large scientific projects, and building application platforms such as industrial clouds, information clouds, oil exploration industry clouds, big data processing, artificial intelligence, to create a supercomputing model of innovation-driven development in the field of industrial development.
Meng Xiangfei, the head of the application research and development department of the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, believes that the breakthrough in performance of technological innovation is an important technical indicator of supercomputing itself, and the field of supercomputing plays a more important role in the application of innovation support. Relying on Tianhe-1, breaking through the industrial application challenges of independent supercomputers, the Supercomputing Center in Tianjin is now having wide application in many fields such as new materials, new energy, aerospace, engines, marine equipment, robots and drones, automobiles, environmental protection equipment and new molds. Through innovation and synergy, the industry chain has synergistically cultivated new models and new formats, and deeply promoted the integration of industrialization and informationization.
Experts said that around the transformation of supercomputing technology innovations, TBNA has gradually established a relatively complete autonomous information industry from high-performance chips, independent operating systems, high-performance servers, databases, etc., and has become a demonstration base for high-end information technology innovation, transformation and guidance.
Creating an advanced R&D manufacturing innovation chain
Synthetic biology is considered to be a strategic emerging industry discipline that leads the development of biotechnology. "A superbug may represent a huge industry, such as an amino acid strain that involves the production of millions of tons of amino acids, accounting for billions of dollars in output. Sun Jibin, director of the Tianjin Institute of Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, said that the development of synthetic organisms is becoming clearer and clearer. Many underlying technologies have emerged that need to be combined with computational and simulation capabilities. Testing in the lab takes hundreds of years to do, and supercomputer simulations can be done in a matter of seconds, making something impossible possible. The development of synthetic biology relies on supercomputing, and the two technologies interact with each other to accelerate the output of synthetic organisms, produce high-quality strains, and have a strong support for national economic development.
Focusing on the construction of advanced manufacturing R&D and industrial Internet, the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin and the enterprises in TNA will carry out comprehensive cooperation. "Taking the Great Wall Motors, a leading enterprise in TBNA, as an example, in the design and optimization of advanced production lines, combining the collection of IoT and artificial intelligence, and controlling the accuracy and quality of the entire production product, it has entered the stage of deep cooperation in platform development." Meng Xiangfei said. The Center also cooperates with Tianjin FAW, COOEC, Taizhong Binhai, Shenzhen Blue, Efy Technology, Emaging Technology in various fields to provide advanced product design and advanced process optimization, with support of high-quality and comprehensive information technology platforms like production process informatization, to improve the research and development efficiency of service enterprises and product competitiveness, and to foster new economic growth points. The Center is supported by the five-fold integrated service environment, i.e., Tianhe supercomputing and cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, and IoT, to create an Advanced Manufacturing R&D Innovation Chain featuring advanced material research and development – advanced product design – advanced process optimization – advanced IoT operation and maintenance.
Building an innovation platform to cultivate inter-disciplinary talents
At the event site, the Supercomputing-Intelligence Innovation Center jointly established by the Center and Tianjin University was unveiled. The collaboration will extend from high-performance supercomputing technology to a wide range of supercomputing applications. More than a dozen colleges from Tianjin University including internal combustion engines, oceans, new materials, aerospace and new materials have joined hands to form a collaborative innovation pattern. Sun Jizhou, a professor at the Department of Intelligence and Computing at Tianjin University, pointed out that the two sides worked closely together in the promotion of the project to jointly solve problems and jointly cultivate interdisciplinary and professional inter-disciplinary talents.
“Whether it is super-computing innovation or application field innovation, it faces important nodes. Inter-disciplinary talent training is the next step.” Meng Xiangfei said that the Center also cooperated with Tianjin Medical University, Nankai University, Beijing University of Science and Technology and other institutions to strengthen cultivation of inter-disciplinary talents.
Meng Xiangfei said that through the establishment of research and development institutions with key cooperation units, including joint laboratories, the two-way exchange of talents and technology will be realized, and cooperation will be established to create an innovation platform, aiming at the professional field, to focus on the power of supercomputing in a highly automated and highly integrated professional platform, and to enhance innovation efficiency, speed up innovation and reduce innovation costs for innovation in these areas.