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By FAN FEIFEI in Beijing and HU DONGMEI in Yinchuan | China Daily | Updated: 2022-09-21 09:22

West China’s first data valley conference for the computing industry kicked off Thursday in Yinchuan, the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. [Photo by Hu Dongmei/chinadaily.com.cn]

Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in northwest China is accelerating efforts to build green, low-carbon and secure data center clusters, network infrastructure and integrated computing power scheduling systems as part of its broader push to inject new momentum into the digital economy and help the country achieve its dual carbon goals, officials said. government and experts.

Mai Yanzhou, a member of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee and deputy governor of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, said that computing power, which serves as the primary productive force in the era of digital economy, has become an important driver driving China’s economic growth. region.

May said that in recent years, Ningxia has given full play to its unique advantages in terms of location, climate and resources to promote the digital transformation of industries, the industrialization of digital technologies and the development of the digital economy.

By 2025, the number of data center racks, consisting of a physical frame made of steel and other alloys to house electronic servers, cables, networking devices, cooling systems and other computing equipment, is expected to reach 720,000 in Ningxia, and usage indicated an increasing rate of renewable energy by up to 65 percent.

May made the remarks at the first data valley conference in western China for the computing industry, which was held on Thursday and Friday in Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia.

A group of technology companies from home and abroad such as Amazon Web Services, Meituan, China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom have built data centers in Ningxia to provide cloud computing services due to abundant energy resources and cooler climate.

In February, China launched a giant project involving the construction of eight national computing centers and 10 national data center clusters, indicating that its strategy to direct more computing resources from the country’s eastern regions to the less developed and resource-rich western regions is at its height. .

Ningxia is among eight national computing centers, with Zhongwei, a city in Ningxia, being included in 10 national data centers.

Zhang Yunming, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, called for efforts to accelerate the construction of new infrastructure, including national integrated computing centers, large and very large data centers and intelligent computing centers, while promoting the in-depth integration of computing. Authority with various sectors such as healthcare, education and government affairs.

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Moreover, intensified efforts are needed to advance the green and low-carbon transformation and modernization of computing infrastructure, Zhang said at the conference.

China’s overall computing power meter ranks second in the world now, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. 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.

China’s computing power industry market size exceeded 1.5 trillion yuan ($213.9 billion) last year, with cloud computing exceeding 300 billion yuan and Internet data center services over 150 billion yuan, said the Chinese Academy of Information and Communications Technology, a government think-tank. .

Yu Xiaohui, president of China Academy of Information and Communications Technology said.

Yu said that the implementation of the East-West Computing Project is conducive to improving national computing power allocation, green energy use in western regions, improving data center energy efficiency, and promoting emerging digital industries.

Liu Lihong, chairman of China Unicom, a major Chinese telecommunications company, said the company has invested 3.2 billion yuan in Ningxia, and will continue to increase investment to accelerate the construction of low-carbon and high-efficiency data centers. It is estimated that once the project is complete, the number of data center racks will reach 12,000, with the number of servers reaching 400,000.

China Telecom actively participated in the country’s giant project of computing power centers and data center clusters. Shao Guangluo, general manager of China Telecom, said the company will build green data centers and secure and reliable computing platforms to promote high-quality growth of the digital economy.

It also plans to explore establishing the first integrated computing power trading and scheduling platform in Ningxia and providing computing power trading and sharing solutions through cooperation with upstream and downstream suppliers and service providers of the industrial chain.

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