What should we do during implementing ‘The East-to-West Computing Project’ in China?


As the core productivity of digital economy development, computing power has become an important infrastructure for national economic development. In March 2022, the plan report submitted to the Fifth Session of the Thirteenth National People's Congress for review proposes to implement the ‘East-to-West Computing’ project. The huge data in the major cities in the east will be transferred to the western cities for calculation, from Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, from the Yangtze River Delta to Chengdu-Chongqing, from Inner Mongolia to Guizhou, from Gansu to Ningxia, in order to narrow down the cities in the east and west digital gap.


A few days ago, the ‘East-to-West Computing’ project has been officially launched. This will be another cross-regional integrated big data center system construction in my country that runs from east to west and spans north to south. According to the plan, among the 8 hubs, the Chengdu-Chongqing hub in the west is planned to set up Tianfu data center cluster and Chongqing data center cluster. It is the only one that not only functions as an eastern hub, but also undertakes back-end processing of data from the Yangtze River Delta hub. hub. It is understood that the Tianfu data center cluster is currently under construction, the Chengdu Supercomputing Center has been completed and put into operation, and the Chengdu Smart Computing Center is about to be completed.


The gradual completion of the Smart Computing Center also shows that ‘East-to-West Computing’ project is changing the new economic map in the digital age. The layout of high-energy-consuming data centers in western cities can greatly increase the proportion of green energy use, consume green energy in the western region nearby, reduce waste of resources, continuously improve the efficiency of energy utilization in the west, and save the waste caused by excessive energy consumption. necessary expenses. At the same time, the data center industry chain is long, the scale of investment is large, and the driving effect is strong. Through the construction of computing power hubs and data center clusters, it can effectively drive the upstream and downstream development of the industry, expand the development space in the east, and help form a new pattern of western development. Drive the transformation of existing industries and economic development in major cities in the west.

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