Japan Plans To Build The Fastest Supercomputer

In this world of computing, speed is essential. Companies as well as countries spend a large amount of money so as to achieve the distinction which comes with having the world’s fastest computer – a position that has been held by China for the last three years, all thanks to the two computers – The Tianhe 2 and the Sunway Taihu Light.
 
As per the reports by futurism.com, Japan is currently bidding for a place to make a comeback into the supercomputer ranking by going ahead with the plan of building an all new supercomputer which would compete with the current record holder - the Sunway TaihuLight.
 
As per the budget breakdown report by Reuters, it is being said that the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry will go on to spend around $173 million on this particular project. There are high possibilities that the project will go on to see its achievement as early as next year.
 
It is being said that the machine will be capable of running 130 quadrillion calculations per second or 130 petaflops, which would easily beat the Sunway TaihuLight’s speed of 93 petaflops. Currently, the fastest supercomputer in Japan is Fujitsu’s Oakforest – PACS which is capable of 13.6 petaflops.
 
Reuters states that these computers will be built in Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Satoshi Sekiguchi, who is the director general of the institute states,
 
“As far as we know, there is nothing out there that is as fast.”
 
The new supercomputer has been fitted with AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure or ABCI and the bidding for this particular project has already started and it will  end on December 6, 2016.
 
The main aim of this supercomputer is for the development of the new AL technologies, such as deep learning. Sekiguchi has stated that Japan’s latest supercomputer will also be used in the medical field where new treatments can easily be developed just by pulling out medical records.
 
Supercomputers are really useful for calculating large amounts of data as well as current uses, which include weather forecasting and pharmaceutical development, as well as scientific research.