Monday, November 15, 2010

Supercomputers Fuel Competition

China's installation of the world's fastest supercomputer is galvanizing efforts by U.S. government agencies and companies to restore American leadership in the technology, a key tool in such fields as climate research, product design and weapons development. It's not going to be easy," concedes Horst Simon, deputy laboratory director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, a major supercomputer user. But he says a case can be made that important scientific problems won't be solved without a new generation of systems. "It is really an economic-competitiveness issue and a national-security issue," he says. More>