China’s efforts in supercomputing are picking up steam. The Ministry of Science and Technology recently approved the plan to build the country’s seventh supercomputing center in the central Chinese province of Henan, reported Science and Technology Daily.

Zhengzhou University, home to 11 academicians from China’s Academy of Sciences and Academy of Engineering, will lead the state-funded supercomputing project. The supercomputer in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, will have a peak speed of 100 petaflops (a quadrillion calculations per second), and is expected to launch by 2020.

The project is a hallmark of Beijing’s ambitions to take a lead in a heavily invested technology race against the US. China topped a biannual ranking of the world’s 500 most powerful commercially available supercomputer systems in June 2018, accounting for 206 systems according to a report by The New York Times.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen