Fugaku, the world’s fastest supercomputer, the research for coronavirus treatment | Japan

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A supercomputer, a Japanese who has been named the fastest in the world thanks to its extraordinary ability to identify potential treatments for the coronaviruses.

In japan this week, has regained the top spot for the first time since 2011, to put an end to the american and Chinese domination on the TOP500 site, which allows to follow the evolution of computer processing power.

His Fugaku supercomputer can perform more than 415 quadrillion calculations a second, 2.8 times faster than the Summit system, developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US, who held the title during the two times a year, the rankings have been published for the last time in November.

Developed over the past six years by the Japanese technology giant Fujitsu and Riken, a government-backed research institute in the western city of Kobe, Fugaku includes 150,000 high-performance processing units, and allows the testing of thousands of substances a week.

Supercomputers, which are more than 1,000 times faster than an ordinary computer, can be used to simulate nuclear explosions, perform virtual testing of weapons, and the model of climate systems.

In seismic, Japan, Fugaku will model the impact of an earthquake and tsunami, and the map of the evacuation routes, according to the Nikkei business journal.

Although it will not be fully operational until next year, experts hope that the 130bn yen ($1.2 billion), the supercomputer will help identify treatments for Covid-19 from approximately 2,000 existing drugs, including those who have not yet reached the clinical trial stage.

He has already run simulations on how the respiratory droplets spread in partitioned office spaces and on the packed trains, when the carriage windows are open.

“I hope that the edge, IT is developed for Fugaku will contribute to major advances on some of the difficult social challenges such as Covid-19,” Satoshi Matsuoka, the leader of Riken centre for computational science, said in a press release.

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