Alibaba Cloud recently unveiled the Cloud Infrastructure Processing Unit (CIPU) designed to power cloud-native data centers. The CIPU is expected to replace the CPU, or central processing unit, as the core of a new generation of cloud computing systems.
Jeff Zhang, president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, introduces the Cloud Infrastructure Processing Unit, June 13, 2022. (Photo/Global Times)
In the past few decades, the United States has consistently held a leading position in the information industry worldwide. For example, on February 14, 1946, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer developed by the University of Pennsylvania, better known as ENIAC, became the world’s first programmable electronic general-purpose computer and lifted the curtain on the information age. Sixty years later, Amazon’s Simple Storage Service or Amazon S3 ushered in the cloud computing era as the world’s first cloud computing service.
“The CIPU has the structure of…