The Japanese and the Chinese have more Powerful Computers than the U.S.

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 5th, 2012

Week in Review

This is rather sad.  The country that developed computers into the powerful tools they are today is no longer dominating the field.  Sad.  For when we passed on the torch of manufacturing giant to others we still were the brains behind the things being manufactured.  Research and development.  Invention and innovation.  Engineering and the entrepreneurial spirit.  That great human capital that made the United States the lone superpower today has always continued to excel in America.  Could it be that the fundamental structure of the United States has changed so much that we have diminished this shining light of human capital?   Perhaps (see Ten million billion and counting posted 1/31/2012 on The Economist).

Every November and June, an independent organisation re-evaluates the 500 most powerful known machines in the world and ranks them at In recent years China and Japan nabbed most of the top five spots in a field where America once hogged the top ten…

This year, however, America is limbering up for a comeback. Three of its national labs are being spruced up. Argonne National Laboratory’s IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, christened Mira, will go online at Dr Papka’s outfit sometime in the second half of 2012…

Much of the crunching will be scientific in nature. Mira’s processing muscle will enable researchers to model exploding stars, turbulent airflow over aircraft wings and wind-turbine blades, or new materials to make better batteries, among others.

Interestingly, among the scientific uses of Mira listed one is conspicuous by its absence.  Climate modeling.  To better understand global warming.  And to understand whether the sun has a greater effect on climate (as most real scientists believe).  Or if man is the dominate driving factor (as all global warming ‘scientists’ funded by governments with a vested interest in proving that man is the driving factor so they can regulate and tax emissions and fill government coffers with more money they can spend believe).  Was this excluded because they have already settled this ‘science’ as government wanted it settled?  Or is this ‘science’ not worthy of time on such a valuable computing resource?  Or is the whole field so inconsequential that it just didn’t occur to the author to include it in a list?

Interesting because we do all of those other things already.  This more powerful computer will only let us do those things better.  And as complex as climate is you’d think they’d want to model that better.  Unless they’re worried about what better modeling would tell them.  That the earth is an incredible self-correcting ecosystem regardless of what happens on it.  Whether it be volcanoes spewing so much ash into the atmosphere that it lowers global temperatures.  Or the powerful effects of solar activity that have advanced and receded the glaciers long before man made any carbon on the planet.  Glaciers that have moved farther than they did at any time since man began spewing carbon into the atmosphere.

Perhaps this growth of government ever deeper into our economy, taxing and regulating technological achievement, has stifled our human capital.  As governments pours funding and resources into pseudoscience to combat something that doesn’t even exist.  Man-made global warming.  Perhaps this is the reason that the U.S. doesn’t dominate the top ten of the most powerful machines anymore.


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