The US wants an exabyte-scale supercomputer before China and Japan. The article is a bit vague on what they plan to use it for but NASA uses supercomputing for orbital trajectory simulations like figuring out when and how to send a probe to Mars.
This is going to be a major win for Tesla. He’s been upfront about autonomous driving being a big data and “computer vision” problem as opposed to a sensor problem. Now every Tesla in the country is sending video data to Tesla from onboard cameras. Significant competitive advantage.