China plans to create the world's third most powerful supercomputer, which will also be among the first such machines to use the Opteron processor from U.S. chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices.

According to China's People's Daily, Chinese supercomputer maker Dawning Information Industry will use 2,000 of these chips to make the Dawning 4000A, with help from AMD.

In a related note, The Inq hints that Opterons may have already outsold Itaniums in only three months after its launch. Not so easy to tell given that Intel hasn't reported the number of Itaniums sold, however Inq's hint does make sense after all.