You can thank the Clintons during their 90’s tenure for giving China its advantage today. As shown in the following posts, supercomputers were sold to the Chinese communist regime (as well as the Russians) through the U.S. Department of Commerce:
China is putting the U.S. firmly in the shade in the battle for supercomputer supremacy.
For the first time ever, China has taken the lead in the number of supercomputers on a closely watched list of the 500 fastest systems on the planet. It has 167, overtaking the U.S. at 165, according to the researchers who compile the ranking.
China has also strengthened its grip on the top of the list, with its machines taking both first and second place. And the new supercomputer that has leaped in at No. 1 — known as Sunway TaihuLight — is built completely on homegrown processors rather than drawing on U.S. chip technology.
The top spot had previously been held since 2013 by China’s Tianhe-2, which was based on Intel ( , Tech30) processors.
Supercomputers are typically used for predicting scenarios because of their incredible power to crunch numbers. They can create precise models of complex environments, such as predicting weather patterns, mapping DNA or simulating nuclear explosions.
That also makes them a sensitive potential tool for national security.
The top ranked U.S. system, Titan, came in third place, but it lags China’s top dog by a long way. Sunway is more than five times as fast.
Full article: China eclipses U.S. to become undisputed king of supercomputers (CNNMoney)