Supercomputers are valued for their capabilities to solve problems critical to national interest, and in mainstream business. The fastest supercomputer ever made was recently built by a Chinese research facility, overtaking the United States, and firmly placing China as a technology superpower. The supercomputer was developed from billions of dollars in R&D, and is given the name of Tianhe-1A. Tianhe-1A has 1.4 times more computing power than the now second fastest supercomputer in the world, which is located in a laboratory in Tennessee.
However, this is not the first time that the United States has lost its leadership. In 2002, Japan overtook the United States when they unveiled a computer that had more computing power than the top 20 American computers combined. The United States government responded by pouring more money into R&D and regained its leadership status in 2004, which it has kept until now.
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