Alibaba Unveiled the Cloud Computer

  • Wuying is a palm-sized computer that weighs 60 grams and has no processor.
  • The device allows you to perform tasks such as video editing, animation processing, software development, and online maintenance.
  • Wuyang is currently only sold in the corporate office market.

Chinese cloud computing company Alibaba Cloud presented several new products at its Apsara 2020 conference. Alibaba Group Holding Limited, also known as Alibaba Group and as Alibaba.com, is a Chinese multinational technology company specializing in e-commerce, retail, Internet, and technology. It was founded in the 1999.

The President of the Alibaba Cloud Intelligence Head of Alibaba, Jeff Zhang, did the unveiling of the cloud computer.

One of the inventions that attracted the most attention was Wuying, the company’s first “cloud” computer.

Wuying is a palm-sized computer that weighs 60 grams and has no processor, while offering high-performance computing using the internal cloud resources.

The device allows you to perform tasks such as video editing, animation processing, software development, and online maintenance. Alibaba Cloud has officially announced the entry into the 2.0 era:

“the Feitianyun Supercomputer will be equipped with its own digital operating system with a windowed interface similar to Windows, so that people who do not understand the code can use it.”

The  President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence said that over the past 10 years, Alibaba Cloud has independently developed the Feitian Cloud platform and built a “supercomputer”.

Alibaba Cloud 2.0 equates to the Feitian + Digital Native Operating System cloud platform, enabling more businesses and organizations to have cloud, digital, smart, mobile, and IOT capabilities without understanding the code.

At the conference, Alibaba Cloud released the first cloud-based computer “No Shadow”. Officially, it can do all the things that regular computers can do, as well as things that computers can’t do.

According to reports, Wuying is a “supercomputer” that grows in the cloud. There is no local host. All hardware devices are located in the regional data center. Users only need a C-Key the size of a business card holder to unlock almost limitless computing power.

The demonstration was done a the Apsara conference. It included the simplicity of the cloud computing services after logging in with the fingerprint on a C-Key the size of a business card holder. All is needed is to connect the screen and you can log in to the desktop of a dedicated cloud computer, access various applications and files, perform design modeling, animation rendering, and other operations.

Wuyang supports unlimited expansion, and individual application resources can be flexibly expanded to 104-core CPUs and 1.5 TB of memory, making it easy to meet the requirements of high-performance computing.

In addition, it supports on-demand configuration, the price is half the cost of a traditional PC with the same performance, and supports an unlimited number of updates. It doesn’t need to be changed every 3-5 years.

All data is stored in the cloud, without fear of loss or viruses. The computer has the same level of security capabilities as the Alibaba Cloud data center.

The cloud computer

The Wuying “supercomputer” also uses the “Cloud Streaming” technology developed by Alibaba Cloud, which can control the data transmission delay in the down link within 70 MS when the Blu-ray image quality is 2K 60HZ. In an office network environment, work runs very smoothly.

It is reported that Wuyang is currently only sold in the corporate office market. In the future, services may be provided to individual users.

Overall, even though the technology is exciting, Chinese systems are not superior to the Western technologies. Also, there is always a security concern, that Chinese government would utilize such technology to gather information from the users.

Hence, only time will tell, if this technology would be even considered in the West. At present, US just banned WeChat platform this weekend.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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