Fujitsu develops a research supercomputer

Fujitsu has received a request from the Japanese National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) to develop a new ABCI supercomputer, so that the new system is scheduled to be launched during fiscal year 2021.

The institute’s Kashiwa Center is supposed to be home to the latest supercomputer system from the Japanese company.

Industry, government and academia are preparing to use the supercomputer to accelerate research and development in artificial intelligence.

The new system features 120 Fujitsu Primergy GX2570 servers and 11.2 petabytes of storage space, two third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, and eight high-end NVIDIA A100 graphics processors.

This supercomputer is being used with the ABCI system developed by Fujitsu, which was launched in August 2018.

Startups and general electrical device manufacturers have since been using the ABCI system to tackle AI.

Fujitsu said: AIST has submitted an application for a new ABCI system that connects to AI to enhance the existing ABCI system, combining a high-performance computing system with a mass storage system.

The new supercomputer comes in response to the rapidly growing demand for research and development in artificial intelligence in industry, government and academia.

The theoretical peak of half-minute floating point operations, an important benchmark in AI, is expected to reach 300 petaflops.

While double precision floating point operations, which are mainly used in the field of traditional simulation, are expected to be 19.3 petaflops.

Fujitsu added that it expects the system, when combined with its computational capability with ABCI, to be able to deliver 850 petaflops for half-minute floating point operations, as well as 56.7 petaflops for double-precision floating-point operations.

“Fujitsu continues to play a central role in advancing AI research in Japan through its participation in the ABCI project with AIST,” the Japanese company said.

Fujitsu announced last week that Tokyo Medical and Dental University TMDU used its Fugaku supercomputer to analyze cancer genes in less than a day, instead of months.

Fugaku was jointly developed by the Japan Scientific Research Institute and Fujitsu, and researchers in Japan have used it for a variety of purposes, including helping the country fight COVID-19.

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