China's Not-So-Super Computer Program & Inside the Ring: Beijing coup rumors
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SHENZHEN, China - The supercomputer in this southern boomtown is named Nebulae
The machine symbolizes China's soaring ambition to challenge the U.S.
and other developed nations in technology, but also underscores the limitations of what China can achieve.
China's unexpected progress in developing supercomputers, the brains of modern science and an engine of economic development, has caused an outbreak of anxiety over the past two years in the U.S., which has long been the field's undisputed leader.
China's advances in computing have been critical to its ability to build spacecraft and advanced warplanes and to its growing prowess in genetics.
China overtook Japan in 2010 as the number two investor in research and development, according to Battelle Memorial Institute, a Columbus, Ohio, research outfit.
Though China remains well behind the U.S. in R&D spending, it is gaining ground.
But a closer look at China's supercomputers reveals a program that is far less of a threat to U.S. technological dominance than commonly believed.
Chinese researchers say decisions about how supercomputers are used are often made by local politicians more interested in local development projects than breakthrough technology ...
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