Japan wants to build 130 petaflops supercomputer




Japan has announced plans to build a supercomputer with a theoretical speed of 130 petaflops. This would this be higher than the theoretical speed of the Chinese-Sunway TaihuLight of 125 petaflops. This system is number one.

It is unclear whether the system upon completion actually in first place of the list will stand with the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Reuters writes citing sources that the construction of the system must start at the earliest sometime in 2017. Currently, the Chinese counterpart still the most powerful version with an effective speed of 93 petaflops, but developments in the field of supercomputers follow quick succession. As announced China recently to build a system that must obtain between 930 and 1 petaflops exaflops.

With the construction of the Japanese system, according to Reuters worth around 19.5 billion yen, converted, that amounts to 162.5 million euros. Japan would like to use the power of such a system for research in artificial intelligence, in addition to developing self-driving cars and analysis of medical data. The new Japanese system name is “AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure ‘, or ABCI. Chinese TaihuLight which will be used for weather forecasts, pharmaceutical research and industrial designs.

Currently, the most powerful supercomputer in Japan is used in the ‘Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing, which was founded by two universities in 2013. That system, the Oakforest-PACS, is able to achieve a theoretical rate of about 25 petaflops and is built by the Japanese Fujitsu.

Earlier this year, made the European Union published in 2020 will have completed two prototypes of supercomputers, one of which must be in the top three in the world. Therefore the EU wants to catch up on hpc area. The most efficient supercomputer was recently built by Nvidia and named SaturnV. This is good for a theoretical speed of 4.9 petaflops, which in practice amounts to 3.3 petaflops.


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