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RIKEN’s Fugaku to Connect via Oracle Cloud

Fugaku supercomputer at Riken

The RIKEN Center for Computational Science, Kobe, Japan, owner of the world’s no. 1-ranked supercomputer, Fugaku, has chosen Oracle Cloud as the public cloud provider for its elastic HPC storage and to enable universities and research organizations to connect through Japan’s Science Information Network (SINET).

Performing at 415 quadrillion computations a second, or 415 petaFLOPS, Fugaku placed first in the Top500 in June 2020. Named for Mt. Fuji, Fugaku was deployed this year at government-sponsored RIKEN which, with Fujitsu Limited. jointly developed Fugaku. The partnership between RIKEN and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure enables Fugaku users to use the Fugaku network connected with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure environment through SINET.

Also, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s FastConnect, a dedicated, private network connection service, allows inbound and outbound bandwidth charges at no extra cost, according to the company. “Research projects where data may extend well into petabytes can use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s high-performance computing and storage resources without having to worry about the massive data transfer cost and run the workloads with predictable low costs,” Oracle said.

To encourage Fugaku’s adoption into industries, RIKEN has launched a joint project with collaborative research partners, including Altair Engineering, HPC Systems, Co., Ltd, and Foundation for Computational Science. This project aims to drive Fugaku’s cloud-based usage services. Oracle Japan is working with RIKEN and its collaborative research partners in Fugaku’s domestic and oversea adoption expansion efforts, according to Oracle.

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