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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…

Supercomputer Models Human Brain Activity

Jan 15, 2014 |

One of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, Japan’s K computer, has for the first time successfully modeled human brain activity. Clocking in at over 10 petaflops, the K computer is the world’s fourth fastest. Yet even with 705,024 processor cores and 1.4 million GB of RAM, a single second’s worth of neural activity took Read more…

Japan Moves Forward with 2020 Exascale Plans

Jan 8, 2014 |

In the race to build the first exascale supercomputer, several nations have set their sites on 2020 as the make-or-break year. With six years to go until that deadline, we can expect exascale efforts to take on a new urgency. Japan, which is among the economic regions seeking exascale glory, just got a little closer Read more…

Floating Funding to Exascale Island

May 9, 2013 |

The Japanese government has revealed its plans to best its previous K Computer efforts with what they hope will be the first exascale system…