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Fujitsu’s new supercomputer system begins operations

Zafar Anjum | April 3, 2012
Installed at the University of Tokyo's Information Technology Center, it enables world-class performance and energy efficiency using Fujitsu's PRIMEHPC FX10.

Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company Fujitsu has announced that it has completed construction of a new supercomputer in Japan.

This supercomputer, nicknamed Oakleaf-FX, has been installed for the Supercomputing Division of the University of Tokyo's Information Technology Center (SCD/ITC). Oakleaf-FX is installed at the Second Research Complex, Kashiwa Campus, in University of Tokyo's Chiba Prefecture.

SCD/ITC was established in 1965 as a large-scale computer centre for shared use by researchers in Japan, and has been operating under its current name since 1999.

The new system has begun operations from 2 April 2012.

The new Oakleaf-FX system, which employs Fujitsu's PRIMEHPC FX10 supercomputer, is one of the few petaflops-class systems in the world and achieves high energy efficiency, as low as 1.4MW for overall system power consumption, Fujitsu said in a statement. 

The Oakleaf-FX system will be used in High-Performance Computing (HPC) education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The system is expected to help train the next generation of leaders in the field of computational science.

"Oakleaf-FX is slated to be used in a wide range of scientific and technological areas, including earth science, astrophysics, seismology, weather modeling, materials science, energy, biology, hydrodynamics, and solid-state physics," Fujitsu said in its statement.

The supercomputer aims to contribute to SCD/ITC's cutting-edge research in a wide range of scientific and technological fields. "Through Oakleaf-FX, SCD/ITC will pursue a variety of advanced research and development initiatives led by researchers inside and outside of the university, as well as promote the training of the next generation of leaders in the field of computational science," sources at Fujitsu said.

 

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