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Russia wants to collaborate with India to build a supercomputer aimed at knocking China off the top spot of the most powerful supercomputer list.

The Russian Academy of Sciences asked the Indian Institute of Science and the government of Karnataka, a state in southwest India, to consider collaborating on a new supercomputer in Bangalore, according to an article in the Economic Times.

“India has many skills for building supercomputers. It is very strong in software,” Alexey Shmelev, co-founder and COO of Russian supercomputing company RSC Group and a delegate to the Russian Academy of Sciences, told the publication. “I am ready to share technology with India. I guess there would not be many players who are willing to do so.”

When the Economic Times asked C.N.R. Rao, the head of the scientific advisory council to the prime minister in India, about the offer, he said it was difficult to immediately assess a potential collaboration, but that China was “way ahead” in the lead.

In November, the Tianhe-2 supercomputer, built by China’s National University of Defense Technology, remained the most powerful supercomputer in the world, according to the Top500 List. Russia’s Lomonosov supercomputer is ranked 37th, while India’s PARAM Yuva-II supercomputer is currently ranked 83rd on the list, the article said.

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Wylie Wong, Slashdot Media Contributing Editor