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RIKEN’s Fugaku to Connect via Oracle Cloud

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 […]

Fugaku Supercomputer joins fight against COVID-19

Today RIKEN in Japan announced that the partially finished Fugaku supercomputer will be made available for research projects aimed to combat COVID-19. The installation of the new supercomputer began in December 2019, and it is scheduled to go into full-fledged open use in 2021. “To combat the global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, we will rapidly provide access to the capabilities of Fugaku, leapfrogging its preparation, to accelerate the scientific process of diagnosis, treatment, as well as general prevention of infection spread, to contribute to the early termination of the pandemic.”

PolarisQB and Fujitsu Launch Drug Discovery Platform

Polarisqb has partnered with Fujitsu to create a ground-breaking drug discovery platform combining quantum-inspired technology, machine learning, hybrid quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics simulations (QM/MM). This new platform enables significantly faster, more cost-effective discovery of novel lead molecules to develop new drugs. Polarisqb and Fujitsu have begun a drug discovery project targeting Dengue Fever which has no approved treatments.

Video: Overview of the Fujitsu A64fx processor

This video from Coreteks provides an overview of the Fujitsu A64FX processor that will power the pending Fugaku supercomputer in Japan. “The A64FX is a many core CPU like AMD Epyc or Intel’s Xeons, but at the same time it behaves like a GPU in some workloads matching NVIDIA’s most powerful offering, Volta. Today we’ll look at how this chip operates, why it could challenge Intel, AMD, NVIDIA and cloud and hyperscalers and what it could mean for us PC enthusiasts.”

Intel Powers Fujitsu Supercomputer at Japan’s Meteorological Research Institute

Today Fujitsu announced the deployment of a new supercomputer system for the Meteorological Research Institute of the Japan Meteorological Agency. The new system consists of approximately 900 nodes including the latest x86 servers Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY CX2550 M5. With high-speed Intel Omni-Path interconnect, the system has a peak performance of 2.81 petaflops. “With the new supercomputer system, the Meteorological Research Institute plans to further advance research and development in areas such as the prediction and analysis of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes.”

Bright Computing adds more than 100 new customers In 2019

Commercial enterprises, research universities and government agencies are turning to Bright Cluster Manager to reduce complexity and increase flexibility of their high-performance clusters. Along these lines, the company just announced the addition of more than 100 organizations to its client list in 2019, including AMD, Caterpillar, GlaxoSmithKline, Saab, Northrop Grumman, Trek Bicycles, Samsung, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and BAE, as well as 19 government agencies and 28 leading universities.

Fujitsu to Deploy Arm-based Supercomputer at Nagoya University

Today Fujitsu announced that it has received an order for an Arm-based supercomputer system from Nagoya University’s Information Technology Center. “For the first time in the world, this system will adopt 2,304 nodes of the Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000, which utilizes the technology of the supercomputer Fugaku developed jointly with RIKEN. The sum of the theoretical computational performance of the entire system is 15.88 petaflops, making it one of the highest performing systems in Japan.”

Radio Free HPC Recaps SC19

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks back the “State Fair for Nerds” that was SC19. “At this year’s conference, we not only learned the latest discoveries in our evolving field – but also celebrated the countless ways in which HPC is improving our lives … our communities … our world. So many people worked together to make SC19 possible – more than: 780 volunteers, 370 exhibitors, 1,150 presenters, and a record 13,950 attendees.”

Fujitsu A64FX Arm Processors come to Cray CS Supercomputers

In this video from SC19, Takeshi Horie from Fujitsu and Steve Scott from Cray describe how the powerful Arm-based A64fx Arm Processor will power the next generation of Cray CS Supercomputers. “We are delivering the development-to-deployment experience customers have come to expect from Cray, including exploratory development to the Cray Programming Environment (CPE) for Arm processors to optimize performance and scalability with additional support for Scalable Vector Extensions and high bandwidth memory.”

Prototype of Fugaku Supercomputer reaches Number One on Green500

Today Fujitsu announced that a prototype of the Fugaku supercomputer being jointly developed by the two parties took No.1 in the Green500, a global ranking based on the energy efficiency of supercomputers. With Fugaku, we succeeded in developing a general-purpose Arm CPU with the world’s highest energy efficiency, far exceeding our targets through Co-design,” said Satoshi Matsuoka, Director, Riken-Center for Computational Science (R-CCS).