The New Space Race: Supercomputer Derby 🏎

The ranking of the top 500 most powerful computers in the world was recently released. The US took the top spot thanks to the new Summit supercomputer. But China takes the win in the quantity competition, claiming 206 spots on the list. The US hit a new low of only 124 spots. 🇨🇳 📈🇺🇸📉

The other countries rounding out the top 6 by quantity are the usual suspects:

  • Japan 🇯🇵
  • Germany 🇩🇪
  • United Kingdom 🇬🇧
  • France 🇫🇷

The interesting thing is that the US leads the world in total performance accounting for 38.2% of the global aggregate. China is #2. 💪

I wonder how this competition will mirror the AI arms race? Will quantity or performance win? Will it democratize the playing field by making sheer compute strength less important? Or will it make it more important? 🤔

Src: Top500