Use of Japan's K Supercomputer to End on Friday

Science Society Technology

Kobe, Aug. 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan's K supercomputer will stop being used on Friday, after about seven years of contributions to advances in research in many fields, including typhoon and torrential rain forecasts and drug development.

The work of the K computer will be taken over by Fugaku, its successor, scheduled to go into operation in 2021. Fugaku will be more than 100 times more powerful than its predecessor.

The K computer was officially made available for use by researchers in 2012, after being jointly developed by government-affiliated research institute Riken and Fujitsu Ltd. <6702> with a state budget of about 110 billion yen.

Using over 80,000 central processing units, the computer recorded the world's fastest calculating speed of over 10 petaflops per second in November 2011.

From June 2015, the K computer topped the list of the world's fastest computers for the ninth consecutive time. Earlier, the project survived criticism from the then Democratic Party of Japan-led government, which questioned the wisdom of spending heavily on supercomputer development.

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