Japan to Build the World’s Fastest Supercomputer That Could Make 130 Quadrillion Calculations Per Second

30 Nov

In June 2016, Sunway Taihulight, China’s supercomputer that incorporates Chinese chip replaced Tianhe-2 and topped the latest supercomputer rankings among 500 supercomputers. Tianhe-2 makes 930 quadrillion calculation per second, outperforming U.S.A. Japan has been falling behind the the supercomputer competition for years, urging them to value the development of supercomputer again.

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is to invest a massive amount of funding in the development of a supercomputer, reported Japanese media.

Based on the plan, the funding is approximately US $173 million. The new computing platform is to be named as AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (‘ABCI’), the supercomputer will be able to make 130 quadrillion calculations per second. Prior to the up-to-date supercomputer, Japan’s best ranking is occupied by Fujitsu’s Oak forest –PACS, which results in a performance of 13.55 petaflops.

Japanese government stated that the goal of developing the supercomputer is to significantly boost the advancement of AI technology, enhancing in-depth learning, cloud computation development while providing computing capacity to startups, large enterprises and research bodies. Associated applications will be realized in driverless technology, automatic manufacturing, robotic industry and medical applications.

The bidding of ABCI project officially kicked off and will close on December 8th. The project will be implemented by spring of 2017, when there will be an intense competition in supercomputer industry. It’s unknown whether Chinese and U.S competitors will be able to join the competition with more advanced technology.