Guizhou’s super computing power allows audiences to see Wandering Earth II ten years in advance

GUIYANG, China, March 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — A news report from Shortly after 9:00 am, a conference room in the data center was packed with participants. Zhang Xian, the project manager of the engineering construction department at China Mobile (Guizhou) Big Data Center, began discussing a joint design review.

The proposed project is China Mobile (Guizhou) Big Data Center Phase III, which is expected to have an installed capacity of more than 7,000 racks and is scheduled to be completed in 2024.

The photo shows the China Mobile (Guizhou) Big Data Center in Gui’an New Area, southwest China’s Guizhou Province. (Photo provided by

From 2014 to 2019, China Mobile (Guizhou) Big Data Center Phase I and II in Gui’an New Area were completed and put into operation. “Phase II was supposed to last two years, but was completed in one year due to the increasing demand for big data application scenarios and data,” said Zhang Xian.

In 2021, Guizhou approved the construction of a national (Guizhou) hub node for the development of China’s integrated computing power network, which became an important computing power base of the national project “Eastern Digital and Western Computing”, which then became a new target for the development of digital economy in Guizhou.

“The Guizhou center will be concentrated around Gui’an, which is also a significant opportunity for Gui’an. It is a glorious mission and a heavy responsibility,” said Ma Ningyu, mayor of Guiyang and director of the Gui’an New Area Management Committee.

“From the perspective of computing power development, it is fair to say that Gui’an is the ideal location,” he added.

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Characterized by a wide distribution of karst landscapes, Guizhou has a stable geological structure, abundant hydroelectric power and coal resources. More importantly, the average annual temperature in Guizhou is only 14-16℃, which is suitable for reducing data center energy consumption.

At present, Guizhou is accelerating the construction of its first national big data comprehensive pilot zone and innovation zone for digital economy development. This initiative has resulted in the construction and operation of 37 major data centers. So far, Guizhou has 18 large and ultra-large data centers, including eight ultra-large. This makes Guizhou one of the regions with the highest concentration of large and ultra-large data centers in the world. Guizhou’s server carrying capacity has reached 2.25 million units, with an average shelf availability of 56.5 percent. This capacity allows the province to be directly connected to the backbone network of 16 provinces and 32 cities across the country.

Data centers play a crucial role in improving overall computing performance. They provide the necessary computing support for post-production and the rendering of films. The Gui’an Supercomputing Center has been involved in the post-production and rendering of films planned for Spring Festival 2023, including The Wandering Earth II, Deep Sea and Boonie Bears: Guardian Code.

Among them, The Wandering Earth II is considered a milestone in China’s science fiction film history, and the Gui’an Supercomputing Center’s rendering computing power reached an impressive 30 percent.

“In The Wandering Earth II there are a lot of space infrastructure and fighter plane images rendered with great precision using great computational power. It took the Supercomputing Center seven or eight hours to render each image. The 24-hour real-time rendering has greatly enhanced the film’s visual splendor. Without the help of the supercomputing center, it would take 10 years to produce the film from rendering to release,” said Peng Benqian, deputy director of the technological research and development department of Gui’an New Area Science & Technology Innovation Industrial Development Co ., ltd.

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Statistics show that in 2022, Gui’an Supercomputing Center provided cloud rendering computing power support to more than 200,000 users in more than 50 countries and regions. The center has been involved in the playback of about 50 film and television productions totaling about 69 million hours, including Three-Body, New Gods: Yang Jian and Ordinary Hero. The average server utilization essentially reached over 80 percent and contributed to about 6.381 billion gross earnings and about 115 billion views.

According to Ma Ningyu, Gui’an is accelerating the formation of a collaborative innovation system that integrates “cloud, computing, data and network” resources, with computing power as the core productivity and data as the core production factor, to build a national enterprise computing power support base and national hub for the dissemination of data items.

In the afternoon, Zhang Xian also discussed some details of the request for quotation and the preparation of the technical specifications with his colleagues. “After the start of construction, I will work at the site most of the time, supervising the process and quality, solving problems directly on site, and checking the construction progress at the end of each day,” said Zhang Xian.

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