The world’s most powerful supercomputer is built by China named “Sunway TaihuLight” in June 2016 with a peak speed of 93 petaflops followed by one more Chinese super computer “NUDT Tianhe-2” speed of almost 39 petaflops. The third spot is taken by United States’ “Cray Titan” with speed of 17.5 petaflops.
Japan’s “Fujitsu K computer” is of only 10.5 petaflops. But they are planning to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer by the end of 2018. Japan has estimated the budget of $173 million to hold the supercomputing crown. They are planning to build a computer giant of 130 petaflops surpassing the Chinese 93 petaflop supercomputer.
The computer will be built in Japan’s ?National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The director general of ASIT, Satoshi Sekiguchi said. “As far as we know, there is nothing out there that is as fast”.
China currently uses their “Sunway Taihulight” super computer for weather forecasting, industrial design, and for other research purpose. But Japan aiming to use this super-fast computer to accelerate the advancement in the fields of Artificial intelligence, one of the great application of AI is “Deep Learning” which attempts to impersonate the human brain using highly complex algorithms.
It will be the first artificial intelligence processing system for Japan, and not only equipped with a machine learning process and high-performance computing but also the world’s most advanced technology in the cloud operational techniques. Japan aims to improve convenience, including flexibility, availability, efficiency and the creation of a new artificial intelligence applications in a wide range of fields.
This new computer has been named as ABCI, an acronym for “AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure”. The project bidding has been started for interested manufacturers and it will end on December 8th 2016. However it is to be noted that the company who made the Japan’s own “Fujitsu K computer” will not be participating in this bidding.