Catching Up With Supercomputing

 China is not standing still or playing by Western rules, which are designed to let the West win. Instead, China is moving forward claiming solar power, wind power, high-speed rail, future footprints on the moon and a host of other titles.  Soon, China may be adding the supercomputing record to that list.

The New York Times reported that a Chinese supercomputer was recently ranked as the world’s second fastest machine. China is serious with science. To make this happen, China is graduating more top rated scientists, technicians and engineers than America.

Cray Jaguar Supercomputer

Although the world’s fastest computer is the Cray Jaguar supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, China may soon take that title as well.  China has a microprocessor that has been designed and manufactured in China and should be out near the end of 2010. A number of experts in the field say this new Chinese microprocessor may be the machine that will claim the title of the world’s fastest computer.

In fact, China is no stranger to innovations. Centuries ago, China invented the printing press, paper, the compass, the crossbow, gunpowder and the multi-stage rocket.

See One Step from the Global Gold Medal

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the author of the award winning novels My Splendid Concubine and Our Hart. He also Blogs at The Soulful Veteran and Crazy Normal.

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