Japan Is Going To Build Its Next Supercomputer


Japan announced its plans and proposed completion date for its next supercomputer.

Japan announced its plans and proposed completion date for its next supercomputer which should become the fastest such device and be ready by late 2017.

Japan is amongst the countries participating in the supercomputer race as the country already has a registered 27 computers in the Top 500 list.

It is presumed that the new devices will run on Linux, as all the existing computers have been reported to be running on the respective platform.

The company which will build the new computer has yet to be announced or decided upon. The bidding for the project is scheduled to remain up to December 8.

However, AIST or the Japan National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology has released details in relation to ABCI.

ABCI or AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure is the name given to the future supercomputer, which should start being used by the end of next year.

AIST has big plans for the ABCI as the machine should be used so as to run its deep learning applications. The new, super-efficient, very fast ABCI could come to reach 13-petaflops if it will reach its envisioned technical specifications.

This could send it to the top of the supercomputer list or at least in between the first places. The current world leader is the Sunway TaihuLight.

Sunway TaihuLight can deliver 93 petaflops and is housed by the Chinese Supercomputing Center, a state-funded center located in Wuxi, the Jiangsu province, China.

With its plans for ABCI, Japan envisions not only the world’s fastest supercomputer, but also a very efficient one.

As such, ABCI should come to consume under 3 megawatts, an impressive achievement when taking into account the country’s current highest entry’s efficiency.

The Oakforest-PACS, the highest Top 500 list entry, consumes 3 megawatts but delivers just about 13.6 petaflops. TaihuLight, the fastest such machine, consumes more than 15 MW.

AIST is also planning on maintaining the ABCI power usage effectiveness under 1.1, which could be obtained with the use of liquid cooling.

Currently, only two of the Top 500 listings have managed to reach the targeted 1.1 power usage effectiveness.

The cooling technology which could be used so as to attain it is currently being utilized by the French company Atos.

Atos is in charge of designing a supercomputer for the CEA or the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, which should be built by 2020.

Whilst other countries have been using supercomputers so as to help with atmospheric modeling or nuclear weapon simulations, Japan will be using it in the AI domain.

AIST will be using ABCI so as to develop the deep learning area of AI or Artificial Intelligence. The new supercomputer will be used by current or future industrial supercomputer users, startups, and academia.

ABCI is set to be built in the University of Tokyo Kashiwa Campus, which is located some 40 kilometers northeast of Tokyo.

With the finalization of the supercomputer, Japan should come to boost its standing in the technology domain as it has been rather overshadowed in recent years by its neighbors.

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