Part 1 THE BEHEADING OF THE FRUITFLY
concept: Antje Guenther, performers: Michael Stephan, Lucas Kramer
In July 2015, the United States publicised their plans to gain the number one position in supercomputing, which was held by the Chinese supercomputer Thiane-2. To achieve this aim, the U.S. imposed an export ban on their high-end computer chips. As announced in June 2016, China has maintained its number one position with the Sunway TaihuLight, a supercomputer not only twice as fast as Thiane-2, but based exclusively on home-grown microprocessors. Thiane-2, however, was already much underutilised due to a lack of suitable software. November 2016: as sound recordings indicate, a supercomputer, underwhelmed by its repetitive neural network simulation, started to allow other computational tasks to disrupt and interfere with this assignment .