The department of energy has disclosed information about a $500 million super computer based on Intel and Cray technology that will likely play a big role in the tech race between the U.S. and China. Currently the race, at least in my opinion is in favor of China. Currently the leading system in performance metrics belongs to an IBM system called Summit, China still accounts for 227 of the top 500 list which is more than double that of the U.S. (109). The new supercomputer, called the Aurora, is set to be delivered to the Argonne National Lab in 2021 and the first machine to reach “exascale” performance, with over a quintillion calculations per second, 7 times faster than the most powerful system to date. Cray are looking to make supercomputers like this less difficult to program, “We want to make exascale computing available to everyone,” said Raja M. Koduri, senior vice president of Intel’s core and visual computing group. Aurora is a complex project that represents taking a chance on a collection of not just one but many new technologies.
To be a leader in technology companies must take risks like this and hope that it pays off, who do you think will win the technology race between U.S. and China? The data clearly points to China but what do you think the U.S. and American companies will have to do to take the lead?