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Japan plans to build the fastest supercomputer in the world next year

By midian182
Nov 28, 2016
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  1. Earlier this month, the 48th TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers revealed that China and the US once again dominated the results. The Asian country’s Sunway TaihuLight machine continues to hold the number one position with a Linpack benchmark of 93 petaflops, but it could soon face a challenge from Japan, which is planning to build a supercomputer capable of reaching 130 petaflops as early as next year.

    When it comes to countries with the total number of supercomputers in the TOP500, Japan sits in fourth place with 27. Germany is one place ahead with 32 entries, while the US and China both have 171. But Japan does hold two spots in the top ten – its 13.5 petaflop Oakforest-PACS computer is at number 6 and the 10.5 petaflop k computer is ranked the world's seventh fastest.

    But this isn’t enough for Japan, which in recent years has lost some of its reputation as a tech leader to other Asian nations such as South Korea and China. The country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5 billion yen ($173 million) on a supercomputer that can reach 130 petaflops - 37 more than Sunway TaihuLight.

    "As far as we know, there is nothing out there that is as fast," said Satoshi Sekiguchi, a director general at Japan's ‎National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, where the computer will be built.

    It’s hoped that the AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure computer, or ABCI, will act as a research platform for the country’s manufacturers, helping them in the development of self-driving cars, robots, and medical diagnostics.

    Reuters reports that ABCI will be made available for a fee to Japan’s corporations, who currently outsource data crunching to overseas firms such as Google and Microsoft. Bidding for the project has begun and will close on Dec. 8.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +775

    Another bad-*** platform for playing Doom .... where to I stick in the video cards?
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,485   +2,038

    And a year down the line we'll be able to compare it's power to a then current high end smartphone, such is the relentless ongoing progress of tech... OK, 2 years, tops. ;)
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2016
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    Do it Japan!
     
  5. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Maniac Posts: 406   +217

    So if I had the most powerful computer ever made with the most powerful video card ever made and the fastest RAM and fastest SSD...

    ...how many FPS could I run Crysis, Crysis 2, Crysis 3 and DOOM in?

    Would there be slowdown?

    Would I need a swimming pool for liquid cooling?

    Would I ever get a BSOD?
     
  6. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 161   +34

    When quantum computer is built one single quatum would be able to outperform this by 10 to 1 minimum. imagine that
     
  7. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 161   +34

    with that amount of petaflops if it is possible crysis would need to be re done in the texture department so it can display at 16k resolution with at least 250fps frame rate. should literally be stunning and unbelievable to watch
     
  8. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Maniac Posts: 406   +217


    I wanna see Crysis 16K bring the supercomputer to its knees.
     
  9. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 161   +34

    It might be a surprise that 16k isnt that hard to accomplish. it would be easy to do by a supercomputer. piece of cake. it would have to be something else to bring this supercomputer to its knees.
     

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