Fujitsu and RIKEN Complete Joint Development of Japan’s Fugaku, the World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Begin­ning of shared use offers rese­ar­chers glo­bal­ly access to top-class com­pu­ting resources

RIKEN, The Rese­arch Orga­niz­a­ti­on for Infor­ma­ti­on Sci­ence and Tech­no­lo­gy, Fuji­tsu Limited


Tokyo, March 09, 2021

RIKEN, the Rese­arch Orga­niz­a­ti­on for Infor­ma­ti­on Sci­ence and Tech­no­lo­gy (RIST), and Fuji­tsu today announ­ced the com­ple­ti­on and begin­ning of shared use of super­com­pu­ter Fug­aku, which has been joint­ly deve­lo­ped sin­ce 2014 by RIKEN and Fujitsu.

On the same day, RIKEN and RIST have star­ted to offer the sys­tem for shared use, pro­vi­ding access for a wide ran­ge of rese­ar­chers and users in aca­de­mic and indus­tri­al fields.

An inau­gu­ra­ti­on cere­mo­ny of Fug­aku
(From the left is HPCI Con­sor­ti­um Pre­si­dent Taisuke Boku, RIKEN Pre­si­dent Hiro­shi Mats­u­m­o­to, RIST Pre­si­dent Yasu­hi­de Taji­ma, and RIKEN R‑CCS Cen­ter Direc­tor Sato­shi Matsuoka)

1. Over­view

Fug­aku is Japan’s super­com­pu­ter that has been deve­lo­ped as a core sys­tem for the inno­va­ti­ve High-Per­for­mance Com­pu­ting Infra­st­ruc­tu­re (HPCI) pro­mo­ted by Japan’s Minis­try of Edu­ca­ti­on, Cul­tu­re, Sports, Sci­ence and Tech­no­lo­gy (MEXT).

In 2014, RIKEN and Fuji­tsu began joint deve­lo­p­ment of Fug­aku and com­ple­ted deli­very of all racks in May 2020. Sin­ce then, they have deve­lo­ped and opti­mi­zed the user envi­ron­ment in pre­pa­ra­ti­on for the com­men­ce­ment of shared use.

In the mean­ti­me, Fug­aku has clai­med the world’s top spot for two con­se­cu­ti­ve terms in June and Novem­ber 2020 in four cate­go­ries on the major high-per­for­mance com­pu­ter ran­kings: the TOP500, HPCG, HPL-AI, as well as the Graph 500, and has been used on a tri­al basis under the “Pro­gram for Pro­mo­ting Rese­arch on the Super­com­pu­ter Fug­aku”, “rese­arch pro­jects aimed to com­bat COVID-19”, etc. sin­ce April 2020. In the­se tri­als, two pro­jects, “Stu­dy on Lar­ge-Sca­le Nume­ri­cal Flu­id Simu­la­ti­on” and “Lar­gest Ever Meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal Cal­cu­la­ti­on” have alrea­dy been selec­ted as the ACM Gor­don Bell Pri­ze fina­lists. In addi­ti­on, rese­arch on “Pre­dic­tion and Coun­ter­mea­su­res for Infec­tion by Virus Con­ta­mi­na­ted Dro­p­let in Indoor Envi­ron­ment” has led to chan­ges in people’s life­styles, and Fug­aku is alrea­dy making steady pro­gress toward beco­m­ing a key tech­no­lo­gi­cal plat­form for sci­ence and for buil­ding Socie­ty 5.0.

RIKEN and Fuji­tsu will con­ti­nue to coope­ra­te to ensu­re sta­ble ope­ra­ti­on of Fug­aku while con­tri­bu­ting to the reso­lu­ti­on of social issu­es and the acce­le­ra­ti­on of lea­ding-edge rese­arch through the deve­lo­p­ment of the world’s best ope­ra­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy, the enhan­ce­ment of the user envi­ron­ment, and the deve­lo­p­ment and pro­vi­si­on of various super­com­pu­ting technologies.

In addi­ti­on, RIST, which is the Regis­tered Insti­tu­ti­on for Faci­li­ties Use Pro­mo­ti­on, has selec­ted 74 pro­jects for public use and indus­tri­al use in FY 2021 through an open call for pro­po­sals so that the “Pro­gram for Pro­mo­ting Rese­arch on the Super­com­pu­ter Fug­aku” can be con­ti­nued, and a wide ran­ge of rese­ar­chers, etc. can immedia­te­ly start full-sca­le use after the begin­ning of shared use of Fug­aku. Cur­r­ent­ly, RIST is cal­ling for pro­po­sals in several cate­go­ries, and rese­ar­chers who are inte­res­ted are invi­ted to apply.

2. Use of Fug­aku and future development

Fug­aku has won four super­com­pu­ter tit­les for the second con­se­cu­ti­ve peri­od in the world’s major high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting ran­kings and is making full use of its out­stan­ding poten­ti­al to sol­ve urgent social and sci­en­ti­fic pro­blems. With its out­stan­ding com­pu­ta­tio­nal power, Fug­aku will play an important role in buil­ding Socie­ty 5.0, the Super Smart Socie­ty, through the fol­lowing technologies.

Fug­aku boasts up to 100 times the app­li­ca­ti­on per­for­mance of the K com­pu­ter, allowing for simu­la­ti­ons of “high reso­lu­ti­on” “long dura­ti­on” “lar­ge-sca­le” and “mul­ti­ple case”. It is expec­ted to have various impacts ran­ging from sol­ving fami­li­ar social pro­blems to hel­ping impro­ve under­stan­ding of fun­da­men­tal science.

AI (arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence), data science

The next genera­ti­on of deep lear­ning-based AI is com­pu­ta­tio­nal­ly inten­si­ve and will requi­re lar­ge-sca­le super­com­pu­ting resour­ces. Fugaku’s CPU pos­ses­ses high per­for­mance in “con­vo­lu­ti­on ope­ra­ti­ons,” which are cen­tral to deep lear­ning, and is con­nec­ted by a net­work with supe­ri­or com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on per­for­mance, and it will be lever­aged for AI and data sci­ence research.

Fusi­on of simu­la­ti­on and AI/data sci­enceFug­aku makes it pos­si­ble to com­bi­ne simu­la­ti­on with AI and data sci­ence at the hig­hest level in the world. For instance, AI can be used to search for para­me­ters necessa­ry for simu­la­ti­on and to extra­po­la­te simu­la­ti­on results. Con­ver­se­ly, simu­la­ti­on can gene­ra­te a lar­ge num­ber of data for AI to learn.

The app­li­ca­ti­on of the­se methods with Fug­aku will offer the fol­lowing anti­ci­pa­ted outcomes:

  • Acce­le­ra­ti­on of new drug deve­lo­p­ment by per­forming high-speed, high-pre­cisi­on drug dis­co­very simulation
  • Ear­ly detec­tion of dise­a­ses and advan­ce­ment of pre­ven­ti­ve medi­ci­ne through medi­cal big data ana­ly­sis and bio­lo­gi­cal simulations
  • Accu­ra­te pre­dic­tion of tor­na­does and hea­vy rain through wea­ther big data analysis
  • Simu­la­ti­on of ear­th­qua­ke, tsu­na­mi, and evacua­ti­on rou­tes at the meter-level
  • Deve­lo­p­ment of low-cost orga­nic solar bat­te­ries and high-effi­ci­en­cy solar bat­te­ries, arti­fi­cial pho­to­syn­the­sis, high-effi­ci­en­cy fuel cells and sto­rage bat­te­ries, and extrac­tion of metha­ne from metha­ne hydra­te­De­ve­lo­p­ment of low rare earth per­ma­nent magnet for gene­ra­tors and electric vehicles
  • Acce­le­ra­ting the crea­ti­on of new devices and mate­ri­als to for next-genera­ti­on industries
  • Dra­ma­tic reduc­tions in deve­lo­p­ment time and cos­ts by par­ti­al­ly repla­cing the actu­al tes­ting of air­planes and automobiles
  • Incre­a­sed insight into fun­da­men­tal ques­ti­ons of sci­ence, such as when and how mat­ter was crea­ted in the universe

3. Comments from Key Pro­ject Members

Hiro­shi Mats­u­m­o­to, Pre­si­dent, RIKEN

This is just the begin­ning for Fug­aku, and we are loo­king for­ward to see­ing it tru­ly demons­tra­te its tre­men­dous poten­ti­al. Abo­ve all, Fug­aku is a key natio­nal tech­no­lo­gy, and we will mana­ge it respon­si­b­ly with the goal to achie­ve rese­arch results that will help build a long-lived and healt­hy socie­ty, dis­as­ter miti­ga­ti­on, and bet­ter ener­gy use, with the ulti­ma­te goal to estab­lish the government’s visi­on of an ultra-smart Socie­ty 5.0. In addi­ti­on, we are aiming to pro­vi­de rese­ar­chers around the world with the best pos­si­ble com­pu­ting resour­ces and usa­ge environment.”

Yasu­hi­de Taji­ma, Pre­si­dent, the Rese­arch Orga­niz­a­ti­on for Infor­ma­ti­on Sci­ence and Tech­no­lo­gy (RIST)

The ultra-high-per­for­mance com­pu­ter Fug­aku is about to go into full-sca­le ope­ra­ti­on. I look for­ward to see­ing this most power­ful ‘exter­nal brain’ ever deve­lo­ped by huma­ni­ty hel­ping to expand our know­ledge but enab­ling us to gain deeper insights into the foun­da­ti­on of mat­ter in both time and space, giving us bet­ter struc­tu­ral and func­tio­n­al ana­ly­sis of life, socie­ty, and indus­try, enab­ling more accu­ra­te pre­dic­tions; and even designing the unknown future of huma­ni­ty. RIST is com­mit­ted to ful­fil­ling its mis­si­on in maxi­mi­zing the poten­ti­al of the Fug­aku faci­li­ty while making it easy to use for a broad ran­ge of users.”

Taka­hi­to Toki­ta, Chief Exe­cu­ti­ve Offi­cer and CDXO, Fuji­tsu Limited

Fuji­tsu is hum­bled to have play­ed an important role in the deve­lo­p­ment of Fug­aku from its ear­liest sta­ges, and we are very plea­sed to cele­bra­te this important mile­stone. As the first super­com­pu­ter to win four awards in key world ran­kings, Fug­aku has demons­tra­ted excep­tio­nal per­for­mance in are­as inclu­ding big data ana­ly­sis and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, as well as simu­la­ti­ons, which are the tra­di­tio­nal for­te of super­com­pu­ters. In addi­ti­on to the­se tech­no­lo­gi­cal achie­ve­ments, it is also important that Fug­aku has gre­at poten­ti­al to make the world more sus­tainab­le. I very much hope that as we mark the start of its shared use, Fug­aku will ser­ve as a plat­form that empowers rese­ar­chers to inno­va­te and crea­te new value, genera­ting results that lead to the solu­ti­on of various social and envi­ron­men­tal chal­len­ges con­fron­ting the world.”

Sato­shi Matsuo­ka, Direc­tor, the RIKEN Cen­ter for Com­pu­ta­tio­nal Sci­ence (R‑CCS)

In the deca­de sin­ce its initi­al con­cep­ti­on, the Fug­aku pro­ject has brought tog­e­ther Japan’s top talent in the area of super­com­pu­ting from indus­try, government, and aca­de­mia, and they have car­ri­ed out rese­arch and deve­lo­p­ment with the goal of achie­ving both world-class app­li­ca­ti­on-first per­for­mance and ver­sa­ti­li­ty over a wide ran­ge of app­li­ca­ti­ons. Thanks to the­se efforts, Japan is a world lea­der in IT tech­no­lo­gy, inclu­ding in the deve­lo­p­ment of the most advan­ced high-per­for­mance gene­ral-pur­po­se CPUs, and we have alrea­dy achie­ved a num­ber of results in app­lied are­as, such as the strugg­le against COVID-19. Our cen­ter will con­ti­nue to con­duct rese­arch and deve­lo­p­ment to streng­t­hen Fug­aku and to advan­ce the future of com­pu­ta­ti­on. Fug­aku will cer­tain­ly play an acti­ve role as a core infra­st­ruc­tu­re for the buil­ding of Socie­ty 5.0 and to con­tri­bu­te to fur­ther pro­gress in sci­ence, tech­no­lo­gy, and innovation.”


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Date: 09 March, 2021
City: Tokyo, Japan
Com­pa­ny: RIKEN, The Rese­arch Orga­niz­a­ti­on for Infor­ma­ti­on Sci­ence and Tech­no­lo­gy, Fuji­tsu Limited