The fastest supercomputers in the world

A US machine has taken the top spot but China remains the dominant force in the TOP500 list

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The launch of the Summit system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has made the USA home to the world's most powerful supercomputer for the first time since 2012, but China remains the global supercomputing leader. 

In the June 2018 edition of the TOP500 rankings, China accounted for 206 of the 500 fastest machines, while the USA's total of 124 is its lowest since the list was established 25 years ago.

Japan came in third with 36 supercomputers on the list, while the UK climbed to fourth after expanding its arsenal from 15 systems in November 2017 to 22 today. Germany with 21 and France completed the pack of supercomputing superpowers.

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