High performance computing in US-China relations

by Dr. Tim Stevens

The focus of an emerging trade dispute between the US and China highlights political rivalry over technology developments.

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New US and Chinese policies aim to boost national supercomputing through internal investment and export controls. Justifications range from national security to stimulating domestic industries, and are intimately related to an ongoing political and economic conflict between the US and China over high-tech and computing issues. Supercomputing has been an essential component of ‘big science’ since the 1960s, especially in nuclear weapons development and cryptography. Now, it is a central feature of ‘big data’ analytics as a commercial service.

Sovereign Data examines this renewed attention to supercomputing and its implications for the sovereign interests of the world’s two superpowers.

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Citation: “High performance computing in US-China relations,” Sovereign Data Vol 1. No. 3 (September 2015).

Keywords: BIG DATA, HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING, SUPERCOMPUTING, US-CHINA RELATIONS