Steve Chen moves supercomputing business to China

Steve Chen, a pioneer in super-speed computing, who worked before with Seymour Cray in the 1980's, has moved his business to China. The supercomputing technology may aid China's weapon development. Chen said that he had been unable to secure financing support from American venture capitalists for his plan to develop super-speed computing technology. Chen joined Calactic Computing Shenzhen in May. Galactic is backed by a Hong Kong company. Chen's project is also supported by a group of Chinese universities. Reports John Markoff, Galactic recently demonstrated a prototype supercomputer developed by Chen at a biomedical research institute in Beijing. The new computer is capable of performing one trillion calculations a second. Its speed would place the computer among the top half of the world's 500 fastest computers.

Today, there are 14 Chinese supercomputers among the top r00, ranking the country fourth in the world behind the United States, Japan and Britain and is equal to Germany. Chen's enterprise in China is considered a major technology transfer from the United States to China, equivalent to the importance of Dr. Tsien Hssue-shen, a leading aerospace scientist, who became the father of China's inter-continental missile program. As a graduate student, Chen designed one of the first software programs known as a parallel compiler. (Source: John Markoff, The New York times, Nov. 1, 2004).

Dr. Chen, born in Fukien Province, China, Feb 1, 1944, received his B.S. from the National Taiwan University in 1956, MS from Villanova University in 1972, and a doctorate in computer science from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1975.



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