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Japanese Supercomputer, Crowned World's Fastest, is Fighting Coronavirus

The Fugaku system is already analyzing coronavirus droplet spread in offices and public transport.

The newly crowned world's fastest supercomputer, Japan's Fugaku system, is being deployed in the fight against the coronavirus.

Credit: AFP

Japan's Fugaku supercomputer claimed the top spot on Monday, carrying out 2.8 times more calculations per second than an IBM machine in the U.S.

The U.S machine, called Summit, came top of the bi-annual Top500 list the previous four times.

Fugaku's victory broke a long run of U.S.-China dominance, returning Japan to the top for the first time in 11 years.

Top500 ranks the world's most powerful non-distributed computer systems.


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