Russia Enters the Exascale Cold War – Targets 2020

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According to a CNews report, Russia researchers have drafted plans to build an exascale supercomputer by 2020, joining a list of countries with similar aspirations including China, Japan, and the United States. Sources close to the project reportedly estimated the project to up to $1.8 Billion USD.

Russia recently entered the Petascale era with Rosatom’s construction a supercomputer at a nuclear facility in the city of Sarov. Plans have since surfaced for systems with more than 10x-15x more performance by 2015 and 100x more performance by 2018.

Will Russia be a contender in the Exascale race? What do you think?