This week David Turek, IBM’s vice president of deep computing issued a warning that China and other nations are closing the supercomputing gap.
You have sovereign nations making material investments of a tremendous magnitude to basically eat our lunch, eat our collective lunch,” Turek said. “Within a year, there will be more TOP500 systems in China than there are in Europe collectively.”
While the TOP500 may seem to many like some kind of chest-beating kabuki theater, these numbers matter. See that big hole in the ground in the picture? If that future datacenter was somehow found to be a threat to national security someday, I’m thinking the before and after photos would look pretty much the same.