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Japan Wants to Make World’s Fastest Supercomputer by 2018

Japan Wants to Make World’s Fastest Supercomputer

World’s leading technology inventor Japan wants to make world’s fastest supercomputer by 2018 and according to the reports it is going to spend $173 million for producing it. We know Japan is mostly focused on technology and science and prominent in consumer electronics, robotics, and the automobiles.

Our world is in evolution, with computerization and digitization when we take Industrial Labour into consideration. Many countries are moving fast to develop latest technologies, but Japan is one step forward every time to invent creative technologies. So, as a part of that Japan is believed to be pushing to build the world’s fastest supercomputer in an attempt to refresh its original condition.

China Has Built The World’s Fastest Supercomputer with Homegrown Technology

Officials said that they would spend $173 million on a machine capable of achieving 130 petaflops and beating current world number one, China’s Sunway TaihuLight.

Japan did not have a lovely time of it recently, with an experienced workforce and a slow-growing economy. Even it is the center of the technology world, but South Korea and China both have replaced the Japan in the electronics field. Earlier Japan was king of the supercomputing hill, and it was backed in 2011 when Fujitsu’s K Computer topped the world rankings at 10.5 petaflops.

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Now, Japan has asked several companies to tender for the honor of actually building the machine, codenamed ABCI (AI Bridging Cloud Structure). The winner will be announced on December 8, and it will expect to come online in 2018. Coming to operational, Japan will lease out time on the platform to companies who currently utilize Google and Microsoft services.

China Has Built The World’s Fastest Supercomputer with Homegrown Technology

World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Earlier this Monday, a newly built Chinese supercomputer which is powered by Chinese technology semiconductors for the first time ever is listed as the world’s fastest supercomputer. The announcement was at the International Supercomputer Conference in Germany, Sunway TaihuLight. Now the US dominance in manufacturing supercomputers is threatened by the Chinese technology.

The supercomputer which is located at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, Jaingsu province is more powerful than the previous winner, according to the TOP500. And this supercomputer is capable of a LINPACK score of 93 Pentaflops is three times more than Tianhe-2 which stands second. TOP500, the research organization that ranks the world’s most powerful computers twice a year said that the machine is powered by a SW26010 processor designed by Shanghai High Performance IC Design Center. And the Sunway TaihuLight can perform 93,000 trillion calculations per second.

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“It’s not based on an existing architecture. They built it themselves,” said Jack Dongarra, a professor at the University of Tennessee and creator of the measurement method used by TOP500. “This is a system that has Chinese processors.”

Well, this fastest Sunway TaihuLight will be useful for many engineering and research projects in such fields as climate studies, life science research and data analytics. The new chip which is capable of 3 teraflops is called ShenWei. According to TOP500 on Monday, China has more supercomputers in the list than the United States i.e., 167 for China vs. 165 for US.

“As the first number one system of China that is completely based on homegrown processors, the Sunway TaihuLight system demonstrates the significant progress that China has made in the domain of designing and manufacturing large-scale computation system,” said Prof. Dr. Guangwen Yang, Director of the National Supercomputing Center.

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“Considering that just 10 years ago, China claimed a mere 28 systems on the list, with none ranked in the top 30, the nation has come further and faster than any other country in the history of supercomputing,” the TOP500 organizers said in a statement.

The Chinese ShenWei chip is on par with the Intel’s leading Xeon Phi chips. An Intel spokesman at the event says no when asked to comment on the new rankings. According to few reports, creation of world’s first exascale computer which will be capable of performing 1quintillion calculations per second was authorized by US last year. Well, it will possibly take two more years for America to build a computer which is equal to Sunway TaihuLight.