Medvedev lashes out at Russian IT industry for poor performance

Medvedev lashes out at Russian IT industry for poor performance

29 Jul, 01:34 PM

In a speech on Tuesday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev criticized the country's IT industry, almost to the point of sarcasm, for failing to develop supercomputing technology, and has urged a dramatic change in Russia's use of high-performance computing, Computerworld writes.

At the opening address of a Security Council Meeting on Supercomputers in Moscow, Medvedev told attendees that 476 out of the 500 supercomputers on the Top500 list were manufactured in the United States. "Therefore, in general, our situation is very difficult," he said.

Medvedev was clear about his blame for this gap.

"If we are talking seriously, a huge number of entrepreneurs, not to mention officials, do not know what supercomputers are. For them it is an exotic type of those machines that were created in the 1920s to catch up and overtake America," Medvedev said in remarks published on a government website.

"Today businesses and federal agencies do not manifest their interest in supercomputer technology," Medvedev said.

Medvedev promised to invest in supercomputing technology, and warned that without it "our products will not be competitive or of interest to potential buyers." He outlined objectives that included organizing a system for training experts in Russian universities, developing specialized software and for building grids that would allow multiple computers to share resources.

Tags: Dmitry Medvedev, techologies, US

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