In a Wall Street Journal article last Friday, a bit of light was shone on China’s entry into the upper echelon of supercomputing nations over the past few years. In 2007 China had only 10 systems on the Top500 list. But like TV’s George Jefferson adding dry cleaning stores, China has been movin’ on up - it now has 74 of the top …
Why invest in minerals when they need to invest in silicon. They should buy AMD or ARM and set up their own supercomputing strategy. They were not rich several decades ago else they could have bagged INMOS and doing something sterling with the Transputer. They should not be dependent on western technology. I've no idea why they don't get it.
I seem to remember that they have their own CPU design, which looks remarkably like a re-invention (or copy) of the old Digital Alpha architecture. (IMO, FWIW, that was the best CPU ever designed, but in its glory days Digital could bever get near Intel on the fabrication front, and shortly afterwards Digital the company destroyed itself).
In a sense they've also got TSMC (Taiwan semiconductor) which is one of the few outfits that has state-of-the-art fabrication tech.
Wait and watch. The "inscrutable Chinese" stereotype has more than a grain of truth to it.
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