Trust it to the Japanese to break records. Particularly when they are held by someone else. According to reports, the country is building a brand new supercomputer. Japan’s new computer will apparently trump the world’s current fastest system by a huge margin.
The country is planning to build a 130-petaflops monster at a cost of somewhere around $173 million. The behemoth is expected to be up and running by 2018 and once operational, it will be the world’s fastest supercomputer — assuming that someone doesn’t build one even faster by then. At present, China’s 93-petaflops Sunway TaihuLight holds the crown and is followed by the 34 petaflop Tianhe-2, again from China.
Interestingly, the TihuLight is the first Chinese computer to enter the TOP500 list without using hardware from the United States. It will be very interesting to see if Japan can repeat the feat.
Japan’s most powerful system at present comes in at merely 13.4 petaflops. Meanwhile, the AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure, which is what Japan plans to call its upcoming supercomputer, will be almost 10 times faster at 130 petaflops. The system is expected to run Linux platform, similar to the preference shown by as many as 498 amongst the top 500 supercomputers currently present in the world.
Meanwhile, the ABCI will be capable of performing a lot of feats including obscenely complicated calculations and other functions that require a lot of data crunching powers. Japan is apparently planning to lease time on this machine to businesses. This way, they could get one of the world’s fastest computers on the job without having to rely on the likes of Microsoft and Google — as is the current practice.
The system will be built by Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and is expected to become operational by 2018. Meanwhile, the bidding has been opened to manufacturers and once it closes on the 8th of December, the contract will be awarded to the selected manufacturer.