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Japan Concludes Exascale Feasibility Study

Dec 3, 2014 |

One of the leading contenders in the race to establish an exascale supercomputer has published the results of a feasibility study began in 2012, exploring ways to achieve high-bandwidth sufficient for coming memory-intensive applications. Japan’s Feasibility Study of Future HPCI (High Performance Computing Infrastructure) systems, launched by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), set out with Read more…

Astronomical Supercomputer Crosses Petascale Divide

Dec 2, 2014 |

One of the biggest benefits of the inexorable push toward exascale computing is a coming age of more affordable petascale systems. This trend can already be seen as science centers around the world crest this important barrier. One of the latest to do so is the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CfCA) of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), which Read more…

Japanese Researchers Target HPC Cloud Barriers

Sep 15, 2014 |

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has developed a technology to enable users to spin up a virtual HPC cluster on top of any cloud-based infrastructure. The impetus for the project was two-fold: 1. To allow a personalized high-performance computer to be created on-demand 2. To build a virutal cluster once Read more…

Fujitsu Targets 100 Petaflops Supercomputing

Aug 12, 2014 |

On Monday at the Hot Chips 26 conference, Fujitsu revealed details about its upcoming SPARC64 XIfx chips, which the company is counting on to reach the 100-petaflops barrier and revitalize its HPC game. Of the top 10 fastest supercomputers on the current TOP500 list, only one is a Fujitsu system. But with the new 32-core Read more…

TSUBAME Prototype System Balances Benchmark Leadership

Jul 9, 2014 |

When it comes to large-scale supercomputing installations, Asia is the continent to watch carefully over the next few years. Already host to the top system in the world, China’s Tianhe-2, Japan and others have ambitions to take over the top ten list of systems. In the most recent rankings, Japan is home to 30 systems Read more…

NEC’s New Wave of Japanese Vector Supercomputers

May 29, 2014 |

We’ve been covering the momentum in Japan toward exascale computing for some time, but amidst the noise, have also been watching steady progress in Japan’s overall supercomputing infrastructure. The next few years are likely to bring an influx of new entrants to the leading systems camp from Japan, a movement that will be spurred by Read more…

3D Tsunami Simulator Boosts Japan’s Emergency Preparedness

Apr 17, 2014 |

A partnership between Fujitsu and Tohoku University has paid off in the form of a precise tsunami forecasting system that will help make Japan more resilient to disasters, such as the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the resulting tsunami that devastated the island nation. A collaboration between Fujitsu Limited and Tohoku Read more…

Details Emerging on Japan’s Future Exascale System

Mar 18, 2014 |

The Big Data and Extreme Computing meeting in Fukuoka, Japan concluded recently, pushing a great deal of information about international progress toward exascale initiatives into the global community. As the host country, Japan had ample opportunity to gather many of the researchers building out the next incarnation of the K Computer, which is expected to Read more…

Immersion Cooling Floated as Green Energy Solution

Feb 14, 2014 |

At the same time as Moore’s Law progress is slowing down, the demand for processing data is at an all-time high. A full 90 percent of all the data in the world was created in the last two years, and datacenters are responsible for 2 percent of overall US electrical usage. Keeping all those warehouse-scale Read more…

Japan’s Manufacturers Cozy Up to Supercomputing

Jan 27, 2014 |

Beyond a pure passion for technology and the thrill of turning ideas into reality, there is a hugely practical basis for investment in advanced computing. Supercomputers and other computational technologies bolster economic competitiveness, a notion that nearly all academic, industry and government leaders have embraced. As supercomputers become more powerful, manufacturers can run bigger and Read more…

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