Professor Chen’s Project was Mentioned by President Xi
The 19th Academician Conference of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the 14th Academician Conference of the Chinese Academy of Engineering were held at 28th May in Beijing. The project of “18.9-Pflops Nonlinear Earthquake Simulation on Sunway TaihuLight”, which had won the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in 2017, was mentioned by President Xi in the conference.
Chips of Sunway TaihuLight, which was made in China, were utilized in this project, and the results were reported in the 2017 Supercomputing Conference. The title of the paper was “18.9-Pflops Nonlinear Earthquake Simulation on Sunway TaihuLight: Enabling Depiction of 18-Hz and 8-Meter Scenarios”. One of the participants of this project was Mr. Chen Xiaofei, the head of department of Earth and Space Sciences in SUSTech and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
For this reason, reporters of SZTV NEWS had a short interview with Mr. Chen Xiaofei and Mr. Tang Tao, the vice-chancellor of SUSTech. Some other participants of Mr. Chen’s research team also were interviewed, including Mr. Zhang Zhenguo, an assistant professor of the department of ESS of SUSTech, and Zhang Wenqiang, a visiting student of SUSTech.
In the interview, Mr. Chen said that he felt honored and privileged being praised by President Xi and he would keep on working hard to make contribution for the development of China’ s science and technology. He added, “For scientists and engineers, the most important is about how to work attentively and intensively. Only when the time for doing intensive research is adequate, can the true high-level work results come out.”
The vice-chancellor of SUSTech said that project praised by president Xi was rare. He added, “Shenzhen is a newly-developing city. It is extraordinary. Among cities of more than 30 provinces in the country, only a few cities could enjoy this honor. I feel proud for Shenzhen and Mr. Chen Xiaofei. Currently, in areas of making major airplanes and producing military products, even during doing researches like atmospheric forecast and marine calculation, sophisticated software with greatest importance can’t be bought. Shenzhen have advantages in hardware and talents. With the increasing amount of talents coming to Shenzhen, we should have a more long-term vision. We should think about that Shenzhen may be able to make contributions which are hard to be duplicated for the countries.”
In Professor Zhang Zhenguo’s interview, he said that the utilization of chips made in China meant a kind of independence in technology. He said, “If we could become independent in the area of supercomputing, it would be helpful to meet some future needs and to provide some technological supports for the development of our country.”
A visiting student of SUSTech, Zhang Wenqiang, shared some experiences during the completion of this project. He said, “It was a huge project to make 10 million cores do nonlinear earthquake computing together. One of the biggest difficulties was we have to realize a long-term stable accurate simulation. However, we had overcome all difficulties eventually.”
The video below is the report of this project in SZTV NEWS.