Saturday November 26, 2016

Japan Plans To Build World's Fastest Supercomputer

Having "lost its edge in many electronic fields," Japan is spending $173 million on developing a machine that is expected to move the country back up in the world of technology. The machine to beat is China’s Sunway Taihulight, which is capable of 93 petaflops.

In a move that is expected to vault Japan to the top of the supercomputing heap, its engineers will be tasked with building a machine that can make 130 quadrillion calculations per second - or 130 petaflops in scientific parlance - as early as next year, sources involved in the project told Reuters. At that speed, Japan's computer would be ahead of China's Sunway Taihulight that is capable of 93 petaflops. "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.