For the last few years, China has been outshining the U.S. by consistently ranking first in TOP500’s supercomputing rankings list, most notably with its TaihuLight. Now the country has seized another victory from the U.S. by having the largest number of supercomputers in the TOP500 ranking – on the other hand, the U.S.’ presence is the lowest that it has been since the list got started 25 years ago.

Until six months ago, the U.S. led with 169 systems to China’s 160; the number of listings by U.S. has now dropped to 143, putting it in second place. China has taken over the U.S. in terms of aggregate performance too, now accounting for 35.4 percent of TOP500 flops, with the U.S. in second place accounting for 29.6 percent.