29 Dec '15, 6pm

Taiwan Neglects Supercomputing

Taiwan Neglects Supercomputing

Photo: NCHC Windrider Aground: Taiwan’smost powerful computer has fallen off the Top 500 list. A quick glance at the new ranking of top supercomputers reveals a surprising showing by one of the world’s technological powerhouses: Taiwan does not possess a single machine powerful enough to make the Top500.org list . While there are many nations that don’t make the list, Taiwan is peculiar in that it has such an outsized grip on the computer chip industry. What’s more, its political rival, China, not only has the world’s top machine, it now has more ranking supercomputers than any nation except the United States. It has been a long decline. Taiwan’s most powerful supercomputer, the Advanced Large-scale Parallel Super­cluster, also known as ALPS or Windrider, ranked 42nd in June 2011, shortly after its launch. But the process of upgrading Taiwan’s supercomputing infrastructure...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/taiwan-neglec...

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