Steve Conway from IDC has written an interesting piece over at Scientific Computing entitled: Where Does Asia Stand? The Rising Supercomputing Power is Reaching for Real-World HPC Leadership.
Less well-publicized than Tianhe-1A is the fact that China’s government also deployed five public HPC cloud computing centers recently, with free access for industry. The government views cloud computing a business model, a way to make HPC access ubiquitous in the absence of a pervasive network of traditional HPC data centers. This is analogous to the preference for cell phones in countries lacking strong wired telecommunications networks.
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