Japan supercomputer again rated world's fastest
NHK -- Nov 18
Japanese supercomputer Fugaku has retained its position as the world's fastest.

An international conference of experts announces the world ranking for supercomputers every six months.

Fugaku took the top spot in four categories in the rankings announced on Tuesday. The results were the same as those in June.

Fugaku was developed by the RIKEN research institute and electronics firm Fujitsu.

In the category of computing speed, Fugaku achieved over 440 quadrillion computations per second, about three times faster than the US supercomputer that came in second.

Fugaku also retained its top position in three other categories -- performance in computational methods for industrial use, artificial intelligence applications, and big data analytics.

A RIKEN official said the institute hopes Fugaku will help solve difficult social problems, including the coronavirus pandemic.

日本のスーパーコンピューター「富岳」が計算能力など4つの部門で世界1位に選ばれました。  富岳はスーパーコンピューターの性能を評価するランキングのうち、計算速度やグラフ解析の性能など4つの部門で世界1位に選ばれました。スーパーコンピューターの性能の評価は半年に1回行われていて、富岳は6月に続いて2期連続で4部門1位となりました。富岳の本格的な運用は来年度から始まるということですが、一部はすでに新型コロナウイルスの感染リスクの検証にも使用されています。文部科学省は「これは通過点であり、国民の財産として我が国が直面する様々な課題に対応していきたい」としています。
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