Aerial photo taken on May 24, 2022 shows the Guizhou Information Park of China Telecom Cloud Computing in Gui’an New Area, southwest China’s Guizhou Province. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)
BEIJING, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — With notable progress China has made in pursuing computing power, or the ability to process data, a solid foundation has been laid for its transition to a digital economy.
The country’s total computing power scale now ranks second in the world, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). By the end of June, the number of used data center racks exceeded 5.9 million, and the number of servers reached nearly 20 million in China.
In addition, China had some 1.85 million 5G base stations and more than 450 million 5G end users as of the end of June.
Zhang Yunming, vice minister of MIIT, said the faster digital transformation of society and economy has created a strong demand for computing power, providing a historic rare opportunity to develop the computing power industry. .
In 2021, the industry’s market scale exceeded 1.5 trillion yuan (about 222.5 billion US dollars), while the number of super-large and large data centers in use exceeded 450 across the country , and that of intelligent computing centers exceeded 20, according to MIIT.
The rapid growth in IT infrastructure has come amid China’s efforts to grow its digital economy, which has grown from 11 trillion yuan in 2012 to over 45 trillion yuan in 2021.
Zhang viewed computing power as a new type of productivity, a vital basis for the development of the digital economy, and a new engine for unlocking the potential of data as a factor of production. It is also driving the digital transformation of the economy and society and promoting the construction of a digital government.
He said all industries should follow digitalization trends. He urged accelerating the construction of IT infrastructure, boosting innovation in the computing power industry, and enhancing coordinated and open cooperation between sectors.
At the national level, a mega project was launched in February involving the establishment of eight national computing centers in the country and ten national data center clusters to improve overall computing power. This is an important foundation for the development of China’s digital economy.
By creating a national computing power network, the project will help less developed regions with abundant renewable energy resources to store and process data transmitted from economically advanced areas to meet growing demand and imbalance. regional capacities.
Currently, computing power has been widely applied in areas such as industrial internet, smart healthcare, financial technology, distance education, and aerospace.
Faced with the impacts of multiple factors, including the epidemic, this year many manufacturing enterprises in China have turned to the industrial Internet and relevant applications to strengthen the stability of the supply chain.
A report by e-commerce consultancy Ebrun and the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing showed that more than 70% of companies surveyed have started sourcing digitally.
Last year, China’s cloud computing market exceeded 300 billion yuan, according to a calculation by the Chinese Academy of Information and Communications Technology.
Looking ahead, Zhang said more efforts will be made to build a new information infrastructure system based on a new generation of communication networks, with data and computing power facilities as the core. and a breakthrough focus on convergence infrastructure.
He also stressed the need to strengthen innovation in the computing power sector by promoting the establishment of computing power standards such as those related to new data centers and large industrial data centers.
On the other hand, he said, the focus will be on meeting the demand for digital economic development and deepening the integration between computing power and sectors such as government affairs, industrial production and medical care. ■