Supercomputer “Fugaku,” developed by Riken and Fujitsu Ltd., ranked No. 1 in the latest “TOP500” world rankings for supercomputers based on calculating speed, an international conference of supercomputer researchers announced on Tuesday.
This is the first time in 8½ years that a Japan-made supercomputer has been ranked as the world’s best, since “K” in November 2011.
Fugaku is the successor of the K supercomputer, which was also developed by Riken and Fujitsu. It can do about 410 quadrillion calculations per second, nearly 40 times more than K.
It is currently undergoing a trial run and is being used to search for potential treatments for the novel coronavirus. In the future, it is expected to be used in a wide range of fields such as meteorological and global environmental forecasting and drug discovery. The Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Ministry plans to spend about ¥110 billion to fully implement a system using the computer in fiscal 2021.
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