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Japan's Next-Generation Supercomputer Configuration Is Decided

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Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) and Fujitsu will deploy a new system configuration with a scalar processing architecture in its next-generation supercomputer. The goal of the supercomputer project, backed by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, is to develop a supercomputer capable of reaching 10 petaflop performance by 2012.

The initial plan was to create a hybrid system that featured both scalar and vector units, but NEC, which was responsible for developing the vector units, recently told RIKEN that it would be unable to participate in the project's production stage, essentially eliminating the possibility of a hybrid system.

RIKEN has decided to pursue a scalar configuration, maintaining its original goal of achieving a LINPACK performance of 10 petaflops. The supercomputer will use 128-gigaflop CPUs developed and manufactured by Fujitsu using 45nm process technology. The system's configuration will provide both energy efficiency and massive parallel computing capabilities. RIKEN also plans to work with organizations responsible for promoting supercomputer utilization to provide users of vector units with sufficient support.

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