June 25, 2020 — RIKEN is now a member of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, an international network aiming to promote research on countermeasures to the COVID-19 pandemic using supercomputers. The consortium was established in the United States in March.
RIKEN’s participation will center on the supercomputer Fugaku, which is operated by the RIKEN Center for Computational Sciences (R-CCS). Currently, Fugaku, as Japan’s flagship high-performance computing system, is being used for research on COVID-19 under a program promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). As a member of the consortium, R-CCS will collaborate with MEXT to provide computational and data resources to researchers around the world and to share the results of research carried out in the United States and Japan as well as other countries that are part of the consortium.
This effort is also in line with a declaration on May 28 by the G7 Science and Technology Ministers calling for a strengthening of high-performance computing-based research on COVID-19.
RIKEN is Japan’s largest and most comprehensive research organization for basic and applied science and a world leader in a diverse array of scientific disciplines. For nearly a century since its foundation in 1917, RIKEN has fostered pioneering, innovative research in fields spanning the entire range of the natural sciences, from developmental biology and neuroscience to quantum physics and computer science. Today, RIKEN encompasses a network of world-class research centers across Japan, with main campuses in Wako, Tsukuba, Yokohama, Kobe and Harima offering state-of-the-art facilities that rank among the best in the world. This high-quality, high-performance research environment, combined with a uniquely bottom-up approach to scientific innovation, has enabled RIKEN to foster an environment in which researchers are able to thrive.