Japan News reports that the country’s science ministry is considering development of an exascale supercomputer that would be 100 times faster than K computer, which is currently the nation’s fastest machine. With a goal of completing the machine by about 2020, the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry is preparing to request funding for conceptual designs and other areas in next fiscal year’s budget, the sources said.
Exascale computer projects are already under way in the United States, Europe and China, all aiming for completion around 2020. The working group decided to enter the fierce international race to develop an exascale supercomputer because “it would aid scientific and technological development, and help improve industrial competitiveness,” the sources said.
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