Japan is bound to develop a revolutionary supercomputer able to outcome China regarding technology. The costs of this new device will reach up to $173 million. The computer was planned to be ready for launching starting with next year. The program of the 130-petaflops computer looks very promising, the developers trying to overcome the technology used by China.
Satoshi Sekiguchi, who is the director-general at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, has argued that the new supercomputer will be the fastest in the world. This company is working on developing the new technology.
Based on the data collected by the Top 500, the list of the fastest computers in the world has as a top device a computer designed by China equipped with 93-petaflops, being known as Sunway TaihuLight. The second supercomputer in the top is the 34-petaflops one.
Nowadays, the most powerful technology used by Japan is a 13.5 petaflops device. In this list of most performance computers, Japan is placed in the fourth position in the Top 500 list, after Germany, China, and the US. The sixth place enlisted by the Top 500 is the UK. The most advanced supercomputer is located at the Met Office. Its performance was estimated at 6.8 petaflops.
Apparently, 27 supercomputers of Japan from the Top 500 are fueled by Linux. Some specialists might tend to believe that the new device which will be launched next year, will also run Linux. The submission for the project was set to open until December 8. Unfortunately, there is no information which attests who exactly will create the system of the device for the Japanese government.
The new machine developed in Japan is prone to be extremely useful in the Artificial Intelligence field, being named AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI). Sekiguchi claimed that the new device would come in handy for the medical system, being used in tapping medical records to build new applications and services.
The basic plan is to permit Japanese companies to book time in such a way the new device will be able to get its fee. What is more, all these corporations will no longer be forced to use the help of the US big businesses like Microsoft or Google.
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