The Next-Generation Supercomputer “K computer” which is jointly being developed by RIKEN, an independent administrative institution under MEXT, and Fujitsu Ltd., achieved the world’s best performance on the TOP500 list, taking first place at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’11) held in Hamburg, Germany.

The K computer system which is currently in the configuration stage aims to achieve a performance of 10 petaflops in June, 2012 and begin shared use by November 2012. The K computer simulations are expected to have a great impact on reducing damages caused by earthquakes and tsunamis, and help to develop highly efficient solar batteries. MEXT will continue supporting the steady progress in the maintenance and operation of the K computer system. Moreover, in order to meet the needs of a diverse range of users, MEXT will continue developing the High-Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI) initiative, using the K computer system as a basis.

Information on the Next-Generation Supercomputer “K computer” and MEXT HPCI Initiative (in Japanese)

※FLOPS (Petaflops)
Unit of measurement to express the number of floating-point calculations made per second

The TOP500 List ranks the LINPACK benchmark results of a computer’s performance when solving linear equations. In addition to assessing the computer’s CPU performance during these calculations, factors such as; the ability to transfer large amounts of data, at a high speed, are evaluated. The TOP500 is announced twice a year, in June and in November.

Next-Generation Supercomputer “K computer”
 provided by RIKEN


(Information Division, Research Promotion Bureau)