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Japan to release a new supercomputer by 2021

The "Fugaku" aims to be about 40 to 120 times faster than the "K"

Photo: KYDO

/NOVOSTIVL/ Japan's new supercomputer "Fugaku" is set to begin operations around 2021 with the aim of regaining the title of the world's fastest computer, replacing the current supercomputer "K," government-backed research institute Riken said Thursday. This article appeared in the Kyodo News.

The "Fugaku", a nickname for Mt. Fuji, aims to be about 40 to 120 times faster than the "K", the first supercomputer in the world to achieve a speed of over 10 quadrillion computations per second.

"A supercomputer is essential to solving social challenges such as drug development and disaster prevention," Riken President Hiroshi Matsumoto said. "We will dedicate our best effort to its success and operation."

The new supercomputer, developed at a cost of about 110 billion yen ($999 million), will be utilized in a wide range of research by various companies and universities including forecasting heavy rains.