We hope the cutting-edge technology developed for Fugaku “will contribute to the great advancement of difficult societal challenges such as the Covid-19,” said Satoshi Matsuoka, director of the Riken Center for Computer Science.
Fugaku, who developed Fujitsu ( and the government research institute Riken, which tops the top500 list of global supercomputers, Fujitsu and Riken )announced Tuesday. This is the first time that the Japanese system has taken first place since 2011.
The Top500 measures benchmarks such as processing speed and computational performance used in artificial intelligence and deep learning.
Fugaku can perform more than 415 square billion (or 415,000 trillion) calculations per second, making it 2.8 times faster than Summit, the supercomputer he built IBM ( which previously held first place. )
The Japanese supercomputer is already being used experimentally to study Covid-19, including diagnostics, therapy and simulations of virus spread, Riken said in a statement in April. Fugaku – which is another name for Mount Fuji – should work at full capacity next year.
Powered by chips from SoftBank owned ( Hand, a Japanese supercomputer was inserted by Summit second place. Sierra, the second system built in the U.S., took third place, and two supercomputers developed by China’s national research institutes, Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2A, rounded out the top five. )