Great Computer Arms Race
Yesterday, one of the biggest winners in the market was Cray Computers, which makes supercomputers used mostly by governments around the world. These unique supercomputers have become an arms race of their own in recent years and will play a role on overall global positioning and dominance from military to economic.
In 2000, China didn’t have a single entrant on the top 500 supercomputer list, today it has the two fastest. Plans are on the drawing board however to take this race to a level that would be the equivalent of the United States putting a man on the moon after the Soviet Union was first to put a man into orbit.
The next China supercomputer would allow it to crack our most secret encrypted military codes and allow submarines to operate in stealth mode for months.
The Chinese government is building the world’s largest quantum computing research complex in the eastern province of Anhui at a cost of $12.0 billion. It’s not just the Chinese government, but several individual businesses are getting into the race including Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent.
Note: All U.S. computers on the list are operated by the Department of Energy, which has budgeted $1.2 billion for the next generation supercomputers.
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