By Jack Dongarra
The Fugaku compute s ystem was designed and built by Fujitsu and RIKEN. Fugaku 富岳 , is another name for Mount Fuji , created by combining the first character of 富士 , Fuji , and 岳 , mountain . The system is installed at the RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R - CCS) in Kobe , Japan . RIKEN is a large scientific research institute in Japan with about 3,000 scient ists in seven campus es across Japan. Development for Fugaku hardware started in 2014 as the successor to the K computer . The K Computer mainly focused on basic science and simulations and modernized the Japanese supercomputer to be massively parallel. The Fugaku system is designed to have a continuum of applications ranging from basic science to Society 5 .0 , an initiative to create a new social scheme and economic model by fully incorporating the technological innovations of the fourth industrial revolution. The relation to the M ount Fuji image is to have a broad base of application s and capacity for simulation, data science, and AI — with academic, industry, and cloud startups — along with a high peak performance on large - scale applications.
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