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 Con¬≠sor¬≠ti¬≠um Pre¬≠si¬≠dent Tai¬≠suke Boku, RIKEN Pre¬≠si¬≠dent Hiro¬≠shi Mat¬≠su¬≠mo¬≠to, RIST Pre¬≠si¬≠dent Yasu¬≠hi¬≠de Taji¬≠ma, and RIKEN R‚ÄĎCCS Cen¬≠ter Direc¬≠tor Sato¬≠shi 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 mean¬≠ti¬≠me, Fug¬≠a¬≠ku has clai¬≠med the world‚Äôs top spot for two con¬≠se¬≠cu¬≠ti¬≠ve terms in June and Novem¬≠ber 2020 in four cate¬≠go¬≠ries on the major high-per¬≠for¬≠mance com¬≠pu¬≠ter ran¬≠kings: the TOP500, HPCG, HPL-AI, as well as the Graph 500, and has been used on a tri¬≠al basis under the ‚ÄúPro¬≠gram for Pro¬≠mo¬≠ting Rese¬≠arch on the Super¬≠com¬≠pu¬≠ter Fug¬≠a¬≠ku‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúrese¬≠arch pro¬≠jects aimed to com¬≠bat COVID-19‚ÄĚ, etc. sin¬≠ce April 2020. In the¬≠se tri¬≠als, two pro¬≠jects, ‚ÄúStu¬≠dy on Lar¬≠ge-Sca¬≠le Nume¬≠ri¬≠cal Flu¬≠id Simu¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠on‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúLar¬≠gest Ever Meteo¬≠ro¬≠lo¬≠gi¬≠cal Cal¬≠cu¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠on‚ÄĚ have alre¬≠a¬≠dy been sel¬≠ec¬≠ted as the ACM Gor¬≠don Bell Pri¬≠ze fina¬≠lists. In addi¬≠ti¬≠on, rese¬≠arch on ‚ÄúPre¬≠dic¬≠tion and Coun¬≠ter¬≠me¬≠a¬≠su¬≠res for Infec¬≠tion by Virus Con¬≠ta¬≠mi¬≠na¬≠ted Dro¬≠p¬≠let in Indoor Envi¬≠ron¬≠ment‚ÄĚ has led to chan¬≠ges in people‚Äôs life¬≠styl¬≠es, and Fug¬≠a¬≠ku is alre¬≠a¬≠dy making ste¬≠ady pro¬≠gress toward beco¬≠ming a key tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gi¬≠cal plat¬≠form for sci¬≠ence and for buil¬≠ding Socie¬≠ty 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 addi¬≠ti¬≠on, RIST, which is the Regis¬≠tered Insti¬≠tu¬≠ti¬≠on for Faci¬≠li¬≠ties Use Pro¬≠mo¬≠ti¬≠on, has sel¬≠ec¬≠ted 74 pro¬≠jects for public use and indus¬≠tri¬≠al use in FY 2021 through an open call for pro¬≠po¬≠sals so that the ‚ÄúPro¬≠gram for Pro¬≠mo¬≠ting Rese¬≠arch on the Super¬≠com¬≠pu¬≠ter Fug¬≠a¬≠ku‚ÄĚ can be con¬≠tin¬≠ued, and a wide ran¬≠ge of rese¬≠ar¬≠chers, etc. can imme¬≠dia¬≠te¬≠ly start full-sca¬≠le use after the begin¬≠ning of shared use of Fug¬≠a¬≠ku. Curr¬≠ent¬≠ly, RIST is cal¬≠ling for pro¬≠po¬≠sals in seve¬≠ral cate¬≠go¬≠ries, and rese¬≠ar¬≠chers who are inte¬≠res¬≠ted are invi¬≠ted 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.

Fug¬≠a¬≠ku boasts up to 100 times the appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠on per¬≠for¬≠mance of the K com¬≠pu¬≠ter, allo¬≠wing for simu¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠ons of ‚Äúhigh reso¬≠lu¬≠ti¬≠on‚ÄĚ ‚Äúlong dura¬≠ti¬≠on‚ÄĚ ‚Äúlar¬≠ge-sca¬≠le‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúmul¬≠ti¬≠ple case‚ÄĚ. It is expec¬≠ted to have various impacts ran¬≠ging from sol¬≠ving fami¬≠li¬≠ar social pro¬≠blems to hel¬≠ping impro¬≠ve under¬≠stan¬≠ding of fun¬≠da¬≠men¬≠tal science.

AI (arti­fi­ci­al intel­li­gence), data science

The next gene¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on of deep lear¬≠ning-based AI is com¬≠pu¬≠ta¬≠tio¬≠nal¬≠ly inten¬≠si¬≠ve and will requi¬≠re lar¬≠ge-sca¬≠le super¬≠com¬≠pu¬≠ting resour¬≠ces. Fugaku‚Äôs CPU pos¬≠s¬≠es¬≠ses high per¬≠for¬≠mance in ‚Äúcon¬≠vo¬≠lu¬≠ti¬≠on ope¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠ons,‚ÄĚ which are cen¬≠tral to deep lear¬≠ning, and is con¬≠nec¬≠ted by a net¬≠work with supe¬≠ri¬≠or com¬≠mu¬≠ni¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠on per¬≠for¬≠mance, and it will be lever¬≠a¬≠ged for AI and data sci¬≠ence research.

Fusi¬≠on of simu¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠on and AI/data sci¬≠enceFug¬≠a¬≠ku makes it pos¬≠si¬≠ble to com¬≠bi¬≠ne simu¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠on with AI and data sci¬≠ence at the hig¬≠hest level in the world. For ins¬≠tance, AI can be used to search for para¬≠me¬≠ters neces¬≠sa¬≠ry for simu¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠on and to extra¬≠po¬≠la¬≠te simu¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠on results. Con¬≠ver¬≠se¬≠ly, simu¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠on can gene¬≠ra¬≠te a lar¬≠ge num¬≠ber of data for AI to learn.

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

  • Acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on of new drug deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment by per¬≠forming high-speed, high-pre¬≠cis¬≠i¬≠on drug dis¬≠co¬≠very simulation
  • Ear¬≠ly detec¬≠tion of dise¬≠a¬≠ses and advance¬≠ment of pre¬≠ven¬≠ti¬≠ve medi¬≠ci¬≠ne through medi¬≠cal big data ana¬≠ly¬≠sis and bio¬≠lo¬≠gi¬≠cal simulations
  • Accu¬≠ra¬≠te pre¬≠dic¬≠tion of tor¬≠na¬≠does and hea¬≠vy rain through wea¬≠ther big data analysis
  • Simu¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠on of ear¬≠th¬≠qua¬≠ke, tsu¬≠na¬≠mi, and evacua¬≠ti¬≠on rou¬≠tes at the meter-level
  • Deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment of low-cost orga¬≠nic solar bat¬≠te¬≠ries and high-effi¬≠ci¬≠en¬≠cy solar bat¬≠te¬≠ries, arti¬≠fi¬≠ci¬≠al pho¬≠to¬≠syn¬≠the¬≠sis, high-effi¬≠ci¬≠en¬≠cy fuel cells and sto¬≠rage bat¬≠te¬≠ries, and extra¬≠c¬≠tion of metha¬≠ne from metha¬≠ne hydra¬≠te¬≠De¬≠ve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment of low rare earth per¬≠ma¬≠nent magnet for gene¬≠ra¬≠tors and elec¬≠tric vehicles
  • Acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠ting the crea¬≠ti¬≠on of new devices and mate¬≠ri¬≠als to for next-gene¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on industries
  • Dra¬≠ma¬≠tic reduc¬≠tions in deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment time and cos¬≠ts by par¬≠ti¬≠al¬≠ly repla¬≠cing the actu¬≠al test¬≠ing of air¬≠planes and automobiles
  • Increased insight into fun¬≠da¬≠men¬≠tal ques¬≠ti¬≠ons of sci¬≠ence, such as when and how mat¬≠ter was crea¬≠ted in the universe

3. Comm­ents from Key Pro­ject Members

Hiro¬≠shi Mat¬≠su¬≠mo¬≠to, Pre¬≠si¬≠dent, RIKEN

‚ÄúThis is just the begin¬≠ning for Fug¬≠a¬≠ku, and we are loo¬≠king for¬≠ward to see¬≠ing it tru¬≠ly demons¬≠tra¬≠te its tre¬≠men¬≠dous poten¬≠ti¬≠al. Abo¬≠ve all, Fug¬≠a¬≠ku is a key natio¬≠nal tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy, and we will mana¬≠ge it respon¬≠si¬≠bly with the goal to achie¬≠ve rese¬≠arch results that will help build a long-lived and healt¬≠hy socie¬≠ty, dis¬≠as¬≠ter miti¬≠ga¬≠ti¬≠on, and bet¬≠ter ener¬≠gy use, with the ulti¬≠ma¬≠te goal to estab¬≠lish the government‚Äôs visi¬≠on of an ultra-smart Socie¬≠ty 5.0. In addi¬≠ti¬≠on, we are aiming to pro¬≠vi¬≠de rese¬≠ar¬≠chers around the world with the best pos¬≠si¬≠ble com¬≠pu¬≠ting resour¬≠ces and usa¬≠ge environment.‚ÄĚ

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

‚ÄúThe ultra-high-per¬≠for¬≠mance com¬≠pu¬≠ter Fug¬≠a¬≠ku is about to go into full-sca¬≠le ope¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on. I look for¬≠ward to see¬≠ing this most powerful ‚Äėexter¬≠nal brain‚Äô ever deve¬≠lo¬≠ped by huma¬≠ni¬≠ty hel¬≠ping to expand our know¬≠ledge but enab¬≠ling us to gain deeper insights into the foun¬≠da¬≠ti¬≠on of mat¬≠ter in both time and space, giving us bet¬≠ter struc¬≠tu¬≠ral and func¬≠tion¬≠al ana¬≠ly¬≠sis of life, socie¬≠ty, and indus¬≠try, enab¬≠ling more accu¬≠ra¬≠te pre¬≠dic¬≠tions; and even desig¬≠ning the unknown future of huma¬≠ni¬≠ty. RIST is com¬≠mit¬≠ted to ful¬≠fil¬≠ling its mis¬≠si¬≠on in maxi¬≠mi¬≠zing the poten¬≠ti¬≠al of the Fug¬≠a¬≠ku faci¬≠li¬≠ty while making it easy to use for a broad ran¬≠ge of users.‚ÄĚ

Taka­hi­to Toki­ta, Chief Exe­cu­ti­ve Offi­cer and CDXO, Fuji­tsu Limited

‚ÄúFuji¬≠tsu is hum¬≠bled to have play¬≠ed an important role in the deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment of Fug¬≠a¬≠ku from its ear¬≠liest stages, and we are very plea¬≠sed to cele¬≠bra¬≠te this important mile¬≠stone. As the first super¬≠com¬≠pu¬≠ter to win four awards in key world ran¬≠kings, Fug¬≠a¬≠ku has demons¬≠tra¬≠ted excep¬≠tio¬≠nal per¬≠for¬≠mance in are¬≠as inclu¬≠ding big data ana¬≠ly¬≠sis and arti¬≠fi¬≠ci¬≠al intel¬≠li¬≠gence, as well as simu¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠ons, which are the tra¬≠di¬≠tio¬≠nal for¬≠te of super¬≠com¬≠pu¬≠ters. In addi¬≠ti¬≠on to the¬≠se tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gi¬≠cal achie¬≠ve¬≠ments, it is also important that Fug¬≠a¬≠ku has gre¬≠at poten¬≠ti¬≠al to make the world more sus¬≠tainable. I very much hope that as we mark the start of its shared use, Fug¬≠a¬≠ku will ser¬≠ve as a plat¬≠form that empowers rese¬≠ar¬≠chers to inno¬≠va¬≠te and crea¬≠te new value, gene¬≠ra¬≠ting results that lead to the solu¬≠ti¬≠on of various social and envi¬≠ron¬≠men¬≠tal chal¬≠lenges con¬≠fron¬≠ting the world.‚ÄĚ

Sato¬≠shi Mat¬≠suo¬≠ka, Direc¬≠tor, the RIKEN Cen¬≠ter for Com¬≠pu¬≠ta¬≠tio¬≠nal Sci¬≠ence (R‚ÄĎCCS)

‚ÄúIn the deca¬≠de sin¬≠ce its initi¬≠al con¬≠cep¬≠ti¬≠on, the Fug¬≠a¬≠ku pro¬≠ject has brought tog¬≠e¬≠ther Japan‚Äôs top talent in the area of super¬≠com¬≠pu¬≠ting from indus¬≠try, govern¬≠ment, and aca¬≠de¬≠mia, and they have car¬≠ri¬≠ed out rese¬≠arch and deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment with the goal of achie¬≠ving both world-class appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠on-first per¬≠for¬≠mance and ver¬≠sa¬≠ti¬≠li¬≠ty over a wide ran¬≠ge of appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons. Thanks to the¬≠se efforts, Japan is a world lea¬≠der in IT tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy, inclu¬≠ding in the deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment of the most advan¬≠ced high-per¬≠for¬≠mance gene¬≠ral-pur¬≠po¬≠se CPUs, and we have alre¬≠a¬≠dy achie¬≠ved a num¬≠ber of results in appli¬≠ed are¬≠as, such as the strugg¬≠le against COVID-19. Our cen¬≠ter will con¬≠ti¬≠nue to con¬≠duct rese¬≠arch and deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment to streng¬≠then Fug¬≠a¬≠ku and to advan¬≠ce the future of com¬≠pu¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠on. Fug¬≠a¬≠ku will cer¬≠tain¬≠ly play an acti¬≠ve role as a core infra¬≠struc¬≠tu¬≠re for the buil¬≠ding of Socie¬≠ty 5.0 and to con¬≠tri¬≠bu¬≠te to fur¬≠ther pro¬≠gress in sci¬≠ence, tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy, and innovation.‚ÄĚ


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Date: 09 March, 2021
City: Tokyo, Japan
Com¬≠pa¬≠ny: RIKEN, The Rese¬≠arch Orga¬≠niza¬≠ti¬≠on for Infor¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on Sci¬≠ence and Tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy, Fuji¬≠tsu Limited