A Japanese supercomputer that has been named the world’s fastest is using its extraordinary capacity to identify potential treatments for the coronavirus.

Japan this week regained the top spot for the first time since 2011, ending years of US and Chinese dominance on the TOP500 site, which tracks the evolution of computer processing power.

Its Fugaku supercomputer can perform more than 415 quadrillion computations a second, 2.8 times faster than the Summit system developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US, which held the title when the twice-yearly rankings were last published 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 can test thousands of substances a week.

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

In seismically active Japan, Fugaku will model the impact of an earthquake and tsunami, and map out escape routes, according to the Nikkei business newspaper.

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

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

“I hope that the cutting-edge IT developed for Fugaku will contribute to major advances on difficult social challenges such as Covid-19,” Satoshi Matsuoka, the head of Riken’s centre for computational science, said in a statement.

The Guardian

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

How you can celebrate the Taylor Swift Eras tour in Australia if you don’t have tickets: A ‘must try’ summer drink, a high tea and a sing-a-long jet boat ride

[ad_1] Smirnoff is the latest to get swept up in Taylor Swift…

Elie Honig Eye Injury: What Happened To His Eyes? Wife Rachael Honig, Wikipedia & Biography 

Elie Honig Eye Injury: What Happened To His Eyes?  As people began…

Tooturnttony Scandalized Video Goes Viral On Twitter And Reddit – WATCH & Know What It Is About

Tooturnttony Scandalized Video Goes Viral On Twitter And Reddit  – Anthony Dawson,…

Where Is Jim Croce Wife Ingrid Croce Now? Find Out If AJ Croce Is Blind

Where Is Jim Croce Wife Ingrid Croce Now? James Joseph Croce was…