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Five reasons the U.S. tech lead is in danger

Patrick Thibodeau | Nov. 24, 2011
There is a worldwide race to build the next generation of supercomputers, but U.S. efforts have stalled.

Supercomputers can be used in any way imaginable, and the more power - the more compute capability - the more precise the science.

Today, the U.S. dominates the market. IBM alone accounts for nearly 45% of the system share of the Top 500 systems, followed by HP at 28%. Nearly 53% of the most powerful systems on the list are in the U.S.

At the SC11 supercomputing conference held earlier this month in Seattle, there were 11,000 attendees, more than double the number from five years ago. A key reason: The growing importance of visualization and modeling.

This conference draws people from around the globe because the U.S. today is the center for high performance computing, something the world is beginning to challenge on the path to exascale.


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