Inspur

Summary

Inspur Group Co., Ltd.
IndustryComputers, Servers, and software
Founded1945; 76 years ago (1945)
HeadquartersJinan, Shandong, China
Key people
Sun Pishu (Chairman & CEO)
ProductsCloud Computing, Servers, Storage, Artificial Intelligence
Revenue63.2 billion yuan (2015)[1]
SubsidiariesVenezolana de Industria Tecnológica, C.A.
Websitewww.inspur.com

Inspur, whose full name is Inspur Group (Chinese: 浪潮集团; pinyin: Làngcháo Jítuán), is an information technology conglomerate in mainland China focusing on cloud computing, big data, key application hosts, servers, storage, artificial intelligence and ERP. On April 18, 2006, Inspur changed its English name from Langchao to Inspur. It is listed on the SSE, SZSE, and SEHK. It owns Inspur Information, Inspur Software, Inspur International and Huaguang Optoelectronics, and VIT, C.A..[citation needed]

History

The company started in Shandong, but in the early 2000s moved its marketing center to Beijing, and expanded its operations to the national level.[citation needed]

In 2005, Microsoft invested US$20 million in the company.[2] Inspur announced several agreements with virtualization software developer VMware on research and development of cloud computing technologies and related products.[3][4] In 2009, Inspur acquired the Xi'an-based research and development facilities of Qimonda AG for 30 million Chinese yuan (around US$4 million).[5][6] The centre had been responsible for design and development of Qimonda's DRAM products.[6]

In 2011, Shandong Inspur Software Co., Ltd., Inspur Electronic Information Co., Ltd. and Inspur (Shandong) Electronic Information Company, established a cloud computing joint venture, with each holding a third.[7]

U.S. sanctions

In June 2020, the United States Department of Defense published a list of Chinese companies operating in the U.S. that have ties to the People's Liberation Army, which included Inspur.[8] In November 2020, Donald Trump issued an executive order prohibiting any American company or individual from owning shares in companies that the U.S. Department of Defense has listed as having links to the People's Liberation Army.[9][10]

Servers

Inspur Server Series is a series of computers introduced to the China market in 1993, and later expanded to the international markets.[11][12] The servers were likely among the first originally manufactured by a Chinese company.[13][14] The product line includes GPU Servers,[15] Rack-mounted servers,[16] Open Computing Servers and Multi-node Servers. Inspur is a member of open computing organizations, including SPEC (Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation, joined in 2014), OpenStack(joined 2014), OCP Open Compute Project (joined 2017), ODCC (Open Data Center Committee), and Open19 and is compliant with their technical standards and protocol specifications.[17][18][19]

GPU Servers

  • AGX-2. is a supercomputer in a compact 2U box, supporting up to 8 GPUs with NVIDIA NVLink 2.0 enabled, delivering performance required by AI workloads and applications.
  • AGX-5 is equipped with 16 NVIDIA Tesla® V100 Tensor Core GPUs interconnected in one single system via NVSwitch, computing performance 20 PetaFLOPS.[20][21]

References

  1. ^ "Inspur Group Profile Profile". Inspur Group. Archived from the original on 6 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Microsoft Invests Even More in China". SCI-Tech China Daily. 27 September 2005. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  3. ^ Tuo Yannan (23 May 2012). "Vmware joins with China's Inspur". China Daily. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  4. ^ "VMware and Inspur Announce OEM Agreement to Further Accelerate Adoption of Virtualization in China". Press release. VMware. 25 June 2008. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Inspur completes takeover of Qimonda's Chinese research center". EE Times. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Inspur Group struggles to compete with foreign technology powerhouses". Alibaba. 23 August 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Shandong Inspur Software Co., Ltd. to Set up JV". Reuters. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  8. ^ Allen-Ebrahimian, Bethany (June 24, 2020). "Defense Department produces list of Chinese military-linked companies". Axios. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  9. ^ Chen, Shawna (November 12, 2020). "Trump bans Americans from investing in 31 companies with links to Chinese military". Axios. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  10. ^ Pamuk, Humeyra; Alper, Alexandra; Ali, Idrees (2020-11-12). "Trump bans U.S. investments in firms linked to Chinese military". Reuters. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  11. ^ The Register: How back of server pack rat Inspur has sailed into the top-three slot
  12. ^ Electronics Weekly: Inspur extends China server market lead
  13. ^ China Daily: Inspur servers form foundation of computing industries' growth
  14. ^ HPC: AI Is Boosting Server Sales in China
  15. ^ DCN: Inspur’s server delivery to Baidu claims new record
  16. ^ "Inspur Completes The World's Largest Single-Cluster Test Based On OpenStack Rocky". OpenStack.
  17. ^ "Inspur adds artificial intelligence node into OCP-compliant servers". FierceTelecom.
  18. ^ "Baidu and Inspur team on open accelerator hardware". FierceElectronics.
  19. ^ "Inspur Unveils Specialized AI Servers to Support Edge Computing in 5G Era". AI Trends. 22 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Inspur launches new edge computing AI server featuring NVIDIA GPUs". DailyHostNews. 20 March 2019.