According to an article today at The Register, Russia’s leaders are investing heavily in supercomputing technology. The post cites the APA saying that Vladimir Putin has allocated $37million to develop supercomputing technologies in Russia.
Russia launched its fastest supercomputer, Lomonosov, at the Moscow State University’s Research Computing Center in 2004. With the peak speed of 420TFLOPS, it is still ranked 12th in the Top500 list of the world’s fastest computers.
The article doesn’t cite any concrete reasoning why Putin and Russia have earmarked funds for supercomputing development. However, Russia has made it clear in the past decade that they are striving to become a modern, industrialized nation that operates with similar GDP distributions as European and Western nations.
For more info, check out the original article on The Register here.