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President Obama has officially signed an Executive Order that establishes the National Strategic Computing Initiative, which will ensure that the United States builds the world’s fastest supercomputer by 2025. The goal of NSCI is to build a machine that is capable of one exaflop of computing power, allowing for massive developments in government and public sectors such as military, medical, aerospace, and more. While this supercomputer is supposed to be built within the next decade, the initiatives undertaken by NSCI span multiple decades from now, with the new effort ensuring that the United States leads the world in computing power by harnessing the computational capabilities provided by High-Performance Computing systems. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology noted that High-Performance Computing "must now assume a broader meaning, encompassing not only flops, but also the ability, for example, to efficiently manipulate vast and rapidly increasing quantities of both numerical and non-numerical data."

At this moment in time, the world’s fastest supercomputer for roughly two and a half years has been China's Tianhe-2, and the United States is behind Japan as well in regards to supercomputer speed. With the backing of the federal government, however, and the benefits that the United States is expecting to see by harnessing the computational power of the world’s faster supercomputer, America is likely to become a major leader in supercomputers for quite some time.

Source: The White House



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The exascale initiative is awesome, but at the same time...China's computer is only good at setting records and cracking encryption.

 

We tend to build USEFUL machines here in the US.

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