A computer designed in Taiwan was sent to the International Space Station (ISS) for testing for a long-term contract, a Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology official has confirmed.
The SG100 Cloud Computer was designed by the institute after NASA opened the contract for the computer to worldwide bids, and it is capable of performing cloud-based computations and upgrading itself during space missions, the official said.
NASA selected the computer for its OA-7 mission after it passed the US space agency’s evaluations with a perfect score, the official added.
Photo courtesy of the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology
NASA launched the OA-7 mission on April 18 to supply the space station with an Orbital ATK rocket, and the SG100’s components were included in the shipment for assembly at the station.
If the SG100 passes a six-month field trial, the institute will be contracted by NASA to design its next-generation space mission computers, the official said.
The SG100 Cloud Computer program was a joint effort by the institute, Academia Sinica and National Central University.
The Institute of Nuclear Energy Research and the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Lin-kuo Branch allowed the design team to use their particle accelerator to test the computer’s performance in space-like conditions.
“Data generated by planning, design, analysis and simulation tasks involved in the process had all been evaluated by NASA experts... The final product was then subjected to NASA’s rigorous environmental testing, which the SG100 passed flawlessly,” the official said.
The design team worked with NASA on the computer used by the space station’s alpha magnetic spectrometer (AMS), a computer that has been in use at the station since 2001.
The AMS project was headed by Nobel laureate Samuel Ting, a Taiwanese-American physicist, who was also involved in the development of the SG100.
The OA-7 mission is to involve four key experiments, including testing of the SG100.
The institute last year announced that it was building a lunar lander for NASA’s Resource Prospector mission, which aims to be the first mining expedition on the moon in the early 2020s.
The lunar lander is expected to be completed by next year and the mission is expected to be launched in the early 2020s — if it is given the green light, institute officials said in July last year.
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday issued a rebuttal to former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, who said a fistfight in the Legislative Yuan might have been “provoked from the outside” to destabilize Taiwan. Rice made the comment in an online discussion about the AUKUS alliance of Australia, the UK and the US hosted by the Policy Exchange forum in London on Thursday. On mention of Taiwan, she was quoted by The Australian as predicting that Beijing would use paramilitary forces and acts of sabotage to destabilize the nation. “There was a fistfight in the Taiwanese parliament a few weeks ago
A Taiwanese YouTuber suspected of creating and selling deepfake porn videos featuring more than 100 politicians and influencers was on Monday released on bail after being arrested the previous day. Chu Yu-chen (朱玉宸), 26, who uses the name Xiaoyu (小玉) on YouTube, was arrested on Sunday in New Taipei City, along with two suspected accomplices, a 24-year-old YouTuber surnamed Yeh (耶), known as Shaiw Shaiw (笑笑), and a 22-year-old man Chuang (莊). The three suspects were on Monday escorted to the New Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office for further questioning on suspicion of distributing obscene videos and publicly insulting others, in contravention of
ADVANCING TECH: With revenue on target to reach US$15.4 billion, the Hsinchu-based chipmaker said it is looking to produce 3-nanometer chips later this year Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) yesterday announced plans to build a new plant in Japan next year to produce 22-nanometer and 28-nanometer chips in its latest effort to expand its global manufacturing footprint. The Japanese fab is to start operations in 2024, the world’s biggest contract chipmaker said, ending months of speculation. “We have received strong commitment to supporting this project from our customers and the Japanese government,” TSMC chief executive officer C.C. Wei (魏哲家) told a quarterly investors’ conference. “We believe the expansion of our global manufacturing footprint will enable us to better serve our customers’ needs and reach global talent,
KNOWN ISSUES: Fire safety issues were found in the 40-year-old building, which previously housed a theater and restaurants, in 2019, last year and May, an official said Forty-six people died and 41 were injured in a building fire that raged out of control for hours overnight in Kaohsiung, authorities said yesterday. Flames and smoke billowed from the lower floors of the 13-story Cheng Chung Cheng (城中城) building on Fubei Road in Yancheng District (鹽埕), as firefighters tried to douse the blaze from the street and aerial platforms. The death toll rose steadily through the day as rescue workers searched the combined commercial and residential building. By late afternoon, authorities said 32 bodies had been found, while a further 14 people who showed no signs of life were among 55