The People’s Republic of China now has the fastest supercomputer in the world. In fact, it has the two fastest. There’s more to it than this, too, as Horst Simon, Deputy Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, noted:
The fact that every single piece is Chinese-made is huge.
side from minor matters like predicting the weather and the investment markets, these kinds of computers are useful in identifying and solving complex problems involved in design of equipment, weapons, defense weapons, collating intelligence information and making serious predictions based on that information, and on and on and on.
This is an area in which we can’t afford to lag. Especially to trail our enemies.