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Economy · Govt
US and China are competing over supercomputers
2019/07/05 07:41:21
 US-China trade war, US supercomputers, China supercomputers, Entity list

Jul 05, 2019 (China Knowledge) - U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the addition of five Chinese supercomputer-related business entities on its Entity List, saying they pose a threat to the national security of the U.S. The five blacklisted organizations on the list were not allowed to receive exports of U.S. semiconductors and other U.S. technology. The move is seen as US’s attempt to hinder China's development of supercomputing capability.

Scientists all over the world are developing exascale supercomputing, which can make 10 18 calculations per second. That is equivalent to everyone in the world making 150 million calculations per second simultaneously.

Supercomputers are expected to contribute to research in cosmology, genetics, the human brain, new materials, energy, and so on. The technology will a major boost for a country’s industry and national security.

Supercomputer calculation capability in both countries is speeding to new high. In March, the U.S. Department of Energy said its the first exascale supercomputer Aurora will go online in 2021 at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. China aims to bring its own exascale computer into operation by next year.

For now, the U.S. maintains its leading position in the number of supercomputers, having five of the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world, while China has two. But China remains a potent force and may surpass the U.S. in the long run.

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