[Beowulf] US bans Intel Xeon exports to China's Supercomputer centers

Christopher Samuel samuel at unimelb.edu.au
Wed Apr 8 21:33:10 PDT 2015

On 09/04/15 14:05, Kilian Cavalotti wrote:

> If that's confirmed, that would be a big loss for Intel, both in the
> short and longer terms. That after Summit, that looks like a lot to
> take in.

Very easy to confirm, they are now listed (as of February 18th) as
being on the EAR "entity" list for "nuclear explosive activities".

The ruling is in this document:


# The ERC determined the following four persons being added to the
# Entity List under the destination of China have been involved in
# activities contrary to the national security and foreign policy
# interests of the United States.
# The ERC determined that the National University of Defense
# Technology (NUDT), the National Supercomputing Center in Changsha
# (NSCC–CS), National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou (NSCC–GZ),
# and the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin (NSCC–TJ), all
# located in the People’s Republic of China, meet the guidelines
# listed under § 744.11(b): Entities for which there is reasonable
# cause to believe, based on specific and articulated facts, that
# an entity has been involved, is involved, or poses a significant
# risk of being or becoming involved in activities that are contrary
# to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United
# States and those acting on behalf of such entities may be added
# to the Entity List pursuant to this section.
# Specifically, NUDT has used U.S.-origin multicores, boards, and
# (co)processors to produce the TianHe–1A and TianHe–2 supercomputers
# located at the National Supercomputing Centers in Changsha, Guangzhou,
# and Tianjin. The TianHe–1A and TianHe–2 supercomputers are believed
# to be used in nuclear explosive activities as described in § 744.2(a)
# of the EAR.

...and people said they weren't using those Xeon Phi's.. :-/

 Christopher Samuel        Senior Systems Administrator
 VLSCI - Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative
 Email: samuel at unimelb.edu.au Phone: +61 (0)3 903 55545
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