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Post Wall St. Journal: China HPC Programs not so Super

Bob Davis fromthe Wall St. Journal writes that China's much-vaunted supercomputer program is mired in local politics that has stymied innovation.
One of China's greatest weaknesses is in software development, a potentially crippling problem because the usefulness of the machines depends on the quality of the software applications. Less than 10% of supercomputing funding goes to developing such applications, said Chinese researchers who complain that political leaders press them to build headline-grabbing new machines rather than focus on whether they are used to their full capabilities. In the U.S., which spends about six times as much on supercomputers as China, the software budget equals about 30% of hardware spending, and computer specialists say even that level isn't sufficient.

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