Fujitsu 'K' Computer' is World's FASTEST Supercomputer

Fujitsu, Asia's No.1 IT services provider, today announces that its ‘K computer’ - a joint development with Japan's national institute RIKEN has captured No.1 Spot at the TOP500 list at the 26th 2011 International Supercomputing Conference recently held in Hamburg, Germany.

This top spot in the latest ranking makes the Fujitsu ‘K Computer’ the world’s fastest supercomputer today at speeds of 8.162 petaflops and brings the title of world No. 1 back to Japan for the first time in seven years.

With regards to the company’s amazing win, Fujitsu Limited Chairman Michiyoshi Mazuka declares, “Fujitsu aims to take up 30 per cent of the supercomputers’ market share, which is about the same that IBM is currently dominating. Our current goal is to increase the supercomputer business from the current 20-odd billion yen to 100 billion yen, and expand our market share to 10 per cent by fiscal 2015.”

He shares that Fujitsu has long been a strong player in the field of supercomputers; and the purpose of building the ‘K computer’ is expected to have a groundbreaking impact in fields ranging from global climate research, meteorology, disaster prevention, and medicine, thereby contributing to the creation of a prosperous and secure society.

According to Charles Lew, the President of Fujitsu Malaysia, the ‘K Computer’ achievement is made possible by an integration of technologies that includes its massive number of CPUs and interconnectivity that links the software to hardware that is able to bring out the highest performance from the system.

The Fujitsu ‘K Computer’ is a joint development with RIKEN - a government-affiliated research institute under the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

“This recent TOP500 recognition as the world’s fastest supercomputer is testament of our initiatives and success.

Fujitsu and RIKEN will work tirelessly towards the completing the system’s deployment in 2012,” says Lew.

Groundbreaking Computing Performance

The Fujitsu ‘K Computer’ supercomputer is a wholly made-in-Japan supercomputer, from the R&D of its processors, to its system design and manufacturing. It achieved the world’s best LINPACK benchmark performance of 8.162 petaflops (equivalent to 8.162 quadrillion floating-point operations per second), and performs an extraordinarily high computing efficiency ratio of 93%. The ‘K Computer’ is designed to achieve LINPACK performance of 10 petaflops by the time it is completed in November 2012 for shared use between Fujitsu and RIKEN.

The Fujitsu ‘K Computer’ overtakes China’s ‘Tianhe-1A’ supercomputer (of the National Supercomputing Centre in Tianjin) which previously captured this prestigious No.1 spot on the TOP500 list at performance speeds of 2.6 petaflops.

Ryoji Noyori, the President of RIKEN shares that this K Computer project with Fujitsu has overcame the many difficulties. He says, “The strength and perseverance that was demonstrated during this project by our development partner Fujitsu Limited – who worked so valiantly on the construction of the ‘K Computer’ even under the severe conditions following the recent Great East Earthquake, will also make possible the recovery of the devastated Japan’s northern region of Tohoku.”

“I hope to see wonderful results when Fujitsu and RIKEN begin to make the world’s top performing supercomputer available to users around the world.”

Supplementary Notes

1. The Backgrounders of the Corporation between Fujitsu and RIKEN

RIKEN and Fujitsu have been working together to develop the K computer with the aims of shared used by November 2012, as part of the High-Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI) initiative led by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The K computer will be comprised of over 800 computer racks—each equipped with ultrafast and energy-efficient CPUs—that access into a network capable of an immense amount of interconnectivity.

2. Top 500 list of Supercomputers recognition

The K Computer’s performance was recognized as the world fastest supercomputer during the 37th Top 500 List of Supercomputers released at the 2011 International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Top 500 List is the authoritative biannual ranking for supercomputers worldwide. The ranking is benchmarked by the LINPACK performance measurement, which is a benchmark program used to create the TOP500 list and also developed for solving a system of linear equations using matrix computation.

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