The Japanese supercomputer, the world's fastest crown, is battling coronavirus



The world's fastest supercomputer is deployed in the fight against coronaviruses.


Japan's Fuga Supercomputer topped the list on Monday, measuring 2.8 times more per second than the IBM machine in the US.

A US machine called Summit has topped the biennial Top 500 list four times in the past.

The victory over Fuga has long broken US-China domination, and Japan has returned for the first time in 11 years.

The Top 500 ranks the world's most powerful distributed computer system.

Fugaku has already been hired to fight coronaviruses, mimicking how drops can be installed in office spaces or on open trains with windows.

When it is fully operational next year, experts hope the machine will also help facilitate the search for an effective treatment of the virus.

The room-sized machine lives in Kobe City and was developed by Japanese technology company Fujitsu and the government-backed Rickshaw Institute for six years. There is another way to call its name Mount Fuji.

Its performance is measured at 415.53 petaflops, 2.8 times faster than the second peak of 148.6 petaflops. The American machine is housed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The supercomputer is classified as 1,000 times faster than a normal computer.

“I believe that the leading IT developed for this will contribute to a big breakthrough in difficult social challenges like Covid-19,” said Satoshi Matsuka, head of the Riken's Center for Computational Science.

Third on this list is another IBM system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, while the fourth and fifth are computers from China.

Fuga topped the other supercomputer performance rankings, as well as being the first person to put together the Graph 500, HPCG, and HPL-AI list.

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