Innovation Fact of the Week: U.S. Share of World’s 500 Fastest Supercomputers Down 25% in 5 Years

John Wu May 11, 2016
May 11, 2016

Although the United States operated 263 of the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers in 2011, that number dropped to 199 in 2015—a 25 percent decrease, writes John Wu in Innovation Files. China has operated the world’s most powerful supercomputer since 2013, and is slowly catching up to the United States overall; it was running 109 of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in 2015. The gradual erosion of the United States’ global leadership position is a potential concern because supercomputing capability has implications for economic competitiveness and national security.