The computer currently occupying the top spot, Tianhe-2, is located in Guangzhou, China. James Lewis: Supercomputers are specialized, high performance computers used for research. How would you assess China’s current computing capabilities as compared to those of the United States? In overall computing power, the US leads, but China went after the prestige of being in first place. Since 2013, China has boasted the world’s fastest computer, the Tianhe-2.
President Obama recently issued an executive order creating the National Strategic Computing Initiative, with the goal of researching and building the first supercomputer to reach 1,000 pentaflops.
Is China currently planning an even faster supercomputer and why is it so important for a country to have the world’s fastest computer?