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Feb. 9, 2021

Fugaku will be available for shared use from March 9

Photo of supercomputer Fugaku

The supercomputer Fugaku, which has been in development since 2014, will be made available for shared use starting on March 9. Fugaku, which swept the international high-performance computing rankings in both June and November 2020, taking top place in the Top500, HPCG, HPL-AI, and Graph 500 benchmarks, was developed to contribute to the solution of important scientific and social issues in areas including drug discovery; personalized and preventive medicine; simulations of natural disasters; weather and climate forecasting; energy creation, storage, and use; development of clean energy; new material development; new design and production processes; and; elucidation of the fundamental laws and evolution of the universe. It is currently being used, among other tasks, for projects related to COVID-19 research. In line with the aim to make it very user-friendly system, it is the first supercomputer built on ARM chips, which are widely used in mobile and other consumer devices. Screening of shared-use projects will be managed by the Research Organization for Information Science and Technology, which manages usage of Japan’s high-performance computing infrastructure, including Fugaku.