Ministry of Science and Technology issued plan for China’s cloud computing industry

Last week, Ministry of Science and Technology issued its 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) for China’s cloud computing industry. The Plan aims at the establishment of China’s cloud computing technology system and standards and breakthroughs in key technologies by 2015 in cloud computing equipment, core software and supporting platforms. It also foresees R&D of cloud computing systems and solutions and expects their large scale applications in due course. The plan also urges domestic companies to conduct demonstrations of those applications in selected regions and industries, in order to achieve industrialization of cloud computing products and services.

To foster cloud computing’s development in China, the Plan encourages diversified channels of investments and public-private partnership in R&D and innovation. International cooperation in this field will be enhanced; relevant laws to regulate this industry and to protect IPR will be issued accordingly. Read more here

China’s top 20 internet companies

Below is a list of China’s top 20 internet companies, ranked by total reached users in the first half of 2012. The research was based on long-term monitoring for 400,000 network behavior samples.

Table made by NOST, data from iResearch

Why isn’t there a Mark Zuckerberg in China?

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, founder of Innovation Works and previously founding president of Google China, gives his thoughts on this question in his blog on CaiJing.

He makes the case that the Chinese education system is more focused on depth rather than breadth. Chinese students might excel at math and engineering, they often need many years after their study to become all-round enough to be a successful entrepreneur.

Chinese society and its education system is focused on discipline, harmony and conformity. In such an environment it is difficult to create and nurture the often rebellious and spontaneous minds of young entrepreneurs-to-be (Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry/Sergey, and Mark Zuckerberg all dropped out of school to follow their dreams to found a company).

Last but not least, he points out that doing business in China is very tough; competitors use tactics that we in the Netherlands would describe as deceitful at best. Venture capitalists will prefer to invest in an entrepreneur that already learned the hard way how to deal with such business practices.

Read full blog post here.

China’s R&D roadmap Silicon Carbide for power electronic devices utilization

The Chinese Smart Grid Research Institute of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) pays high attention on Silicon Carbide (SiC) R&D and its application for power electronic devices and switches. During the China International Conference on Electricity Distribution 2012 in Shanghai on 5-9 September, Prof. Kunshan YU, Director of the New Materials and Microelectronics department of SGCC, revealed an ambitious roadmap on SiC materials.

SiC materials have characteristics that are valuable for power quality measuring devices, switches, and transformers for electricity transmission and distribution.

  • The thermal conductivity is three times higher than silicon, materials work properly at 300 ℃.
  • SiC switches respond faster than silicon devices, thus reducing the switching losses.
  • Lower conduction resistance than equivalent silicon devices, conduction losses and the total energy consumption can be decreased by more than 30%.

Prof. Yu claims that SiC application will increase efficiency of devices from 95% to 97-99%. To realize smart grids, more measuring devices are needed. SiC application will provide an important role in efficient measurement on the net.

Source: Presentation Power Grid and SiC Technology – 2012-SEP – Smart Grid Research Institute – Prof YU Kunshan (PPTX, 6MB)

Military technology to improve people’s lives

Today’s China Daily features an article on how military technology can improve (civilian) people’s lives. The article mentions two specific technologies, all developed by the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT). The first technology is an advanced control technology originally developed for the military by the university, but now to be applied in the medium-low-speed maglev (operating speed 1t 120 km/h) that is planned for Beijing. Second is a autonomous vehicle control system using lasers, videocameras and radar sensors to detect the environment. NUDT is working together with China’s First Auto Works for applications in commercial vehicles.