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China's Leap in Supercomputer Rankings

By Bloomberg Businessweek

October 13, 2010

When a list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers is released on Nov. 15, some industry experts believe that China will be ranked first. "There's a great belief that the Chinese will be No. 1," says University of Tennessee professor Jack Dongarra.

However, the U.S. still dominates the Top 500, having more than 50 percent of the world's supercomputers, including the fastest, as of June 2010. China is currently ranked third in supercomputing, behind the United States and the European Union, but the country is poised to overtake the EU countries, Dongarra says. "It means that China is taking computing seriously," he says. "China gets it. These machines are useful for industry and it will help them maintain and continue on the current track of industrial growth."

China has moved quickly to become a supercomputing power. Ten years ago it had few, if any, supercomputers, but in June it passed Japan in supercomputing power. "They're building gigantic research facilities in Shanghai and in other places, spreading them all around the country," says IDC analyst Earl Joseph.

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