China’s Big Supers Described as “Tractors on the Highway”

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While China has more systems on the TOP500 than any other country except for the U.S., the China’s People’s Daily writes that the country’s vaunted supercomputing efforts are being stifled by a shortage of tuned applications, experienced developers, and poor development environments.

Xi Zili, director of the Shanhai Supercomputer Center, said that China can now be regarded as a major supercomputer country but is far away from a supercomputer power. Compared with the computing speed and performance, the application of the supercomputers obviously lags far behind. It is reasonable that someone describes the application of China’s supercomputers as “tractors on the highway.”

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