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Supercomputer Fugaku, developed by Riken and Fujitsu Ltd., ranked No. 1 in the latest TOP500 world rankings for supercomputers based on computing speed, an international conference of supercomputer researchers announced on Tuesday.

This is the first time in 8½ years that a Japan-made supercomputer has been ranked as the world's best, since K in November 2011.

Fugaku is the successor to the K supercomputer, which was also developed by Riken and Fujitsu. It can do about 410 quadrillion calculations per second, nearly 40 times more than K.

It is currently undergoing a trial run and is being used to search for potential treatments for the novel coronavirus.

In the future, it is expected to be used in a wide range of fields such as meteorological and global environmental forecasting and drug discovery.

The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry plans to spend about 110 billion yen to fully implement a system using the computer in fiscal 2021.

Published : June 23, 2020

By : The Japan News-Yomiuri