Shipment Starts for New Supercomputer Fugaku

Economy

Kahoku, Ishikawa Pref., Dec. 3 (Jiji Press)--Fujitsu Ltd. <6702> and Japanese government-affiliated research institute Riken have started the shipment of the "Fugaku" new Japanese supercomputer.

A total of some 400 units of the supercomputer system comprising more than 150,000 high-performance central processing units will be delivered by June to the Riken Center for Computational Science in the western Japan city of Kobe from a factory in the city of Kahoku, Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan, where the computer is being manufactured.

The first six units were shipped to the center on Monday.

Work to develop Fugaku as the successor to the country's K supercomputer began in fiscal 2014. Having more than 100 times the computing power of K, which ended its seven-year operations in August this year, Fugaku will be used for advanced research in such fields as nanotechnology, disaster management and drug development.

"We expect Fugaku to make great contributions on par with those from K," Fujitsu President Takahito Tokita said.

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